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EMERGENCY LIGHTING & UTILITIES SAFETY

Emergency Lighting might be needed for:

  • power outage at home or away from home
  • vehicle breakdown
  • stranded
  • house fire
  • use as an emergency signal
  • in emergency escape routes in home
  • all emergency kits

    Do not rely on one type of lighting.
    Have different kinds for back-ups.
    1. Electric Bulbs
    2. L.E.D.
    3. Flashlights - battery, crank, shake, solar
    4. Tungsten/Halogen
    5. Florescent
    6. Flame/Flares
    7. Gas/Propane/Butane Lantern
    8. Candle
    9. Glow Sticks
    Which ones are safe:

  • If you suspect possible gas leak (9)
  • To use inside a Tent (2,3,4,9)
  • Around Unsupervised Young Children (1,2,3,5,9)
  • If someone in the room is on oxygen (1,2,3,9)

    What could affect my Utilities?

  • Extreme Temperatures and Weather
  • Earthquake
  • Flood
  • Contamination
  • Construction Break
  • Terrorism
  • Accident

    Learn When, Where and How to Turn Off Utilities

  • Shut off Utilities ONLY if you think lines are damaged or you are instructed to do so
    (EAS or other emergency communication)

    NATURAL GAS

  • Locate Gas Meter
  • Learn How to Shut Off
  • Place a Gas Shut Off tool within quick and easy access of gas meter.
    Do Not Practice turning off the Gas Valve – a Qualified Professional must turn it back on.
  • Strap Propane Tank to Ground
  • Strap Water Heater to Wall
    Use Flexible Gas Pipe Connection
    Install, and check regularly:
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    If you suspect a gas leak:

  • DO NOT use candles or open flames
  • DO NOT operate electrical devices
  • DO NOT use the phone or cell phone
  • Check for leaks by - Smell, Look, Listen, Feel

    If You Find a Leak

  • Open Windows
  • Evacuate
  • Shut Off Outside
  • Call Gas Company from Neighbor’s

    ELECTRICITY

  • Locate Fuse Box or Circuit Box.
  • Learn How to Shut Off.
    Individual circuits or fuses first, then main breaker or fuse switch.
    Do Not Overload Circuits.
  • Obtain safe emergency lighting.
    Place at top of stairs, hallways, bedsides, along emergency escape routes.
  • Stay Away from Downed Powerlines.
  • Do Not Touch People or Objects in Contact with Powerlines.

    WATER

  • Locate Water Shut off inside your home, and label it.
  • Locate Water Main Ouside.
  • Learn How to Shut Off water.
    Shut off Water Main only in extreme emergencies - City workers will usually take care of this.
  • Secure water heater with metal straps.

    Practice with all family members:

  • How to shut off utilities
  • Mock Disaster Day without Utilities
  • Home Escape Routes from every room
  • Broken Utilities Inspection
  • Fire Extinguisher Usage

    In an emergency, will you be part of the problem – or part of the solution?

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