Fire Safety Educational Announcements

  • Keep Your Family Safe from a Winter House Fire

    The 2nd semester has started the new year with the continuation of “virtual learning”. During our extended time at home, we should take precautions to make sure our family and our home environment is protected in the event of a house fire.

    There are more home fires in winter than in any other season. Half of all home heating fires happen in December, January, and February. During the cold winter season, many people turn to several heating sources for additional warmth. Unfortunately, the improper use of these heat sources increases the possibility of a fire in your home. Fire prevention is important, so make sure you, your family, and your home are protected. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart.

    THESE “10” IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS WILL HELP KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE FROM A WINTER HOUSE FIRE

    1. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas. Test them at least once a month.

    2. Cooking is the number one cause of home fires. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. Keep things that can burn away from your cooking area. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so they won’t get bumped.

    3. Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights or battery-powered lighting on hand. Also have fresh batteries. Never use candles.

    4. Plug space heaters and other heat producing appliances securely into an electrical outlet.

    If space heaters do not have an automatic shut off, turn them off when you leave the room, and turn them off when you go to bed. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm, but keep emergency heat source at least 3 feet away.

    5. Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year. Keep wood stove door and fire place closed unless adding wood or pellets or stoking the fire. Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home

    6. Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away as possible from your home.

    Make preparations in advance for evacuating your home in the event of a house fire

    7. Create and practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year. Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency.

    8. Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.

    9. Clear driveway and front walkway of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.

    10. Stay away from downed wires. Report any downed wires to authorities.

    Practice makes perfect! Practice reduces panic and injuries.

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  • CARBON MONOXIDE AWARENESS!

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new normal which has affected school operations as we once knew it. We have started the 2020-2021 school year “virtually” which is a new challenge for all of us. As we adjust to these unconventional learning challenges we can’t overlook the importance of safety in our homes and learning environments.

     
    CARBON MONOXIDE AWARENESS!

    November 5th-12th is established as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Did you know that every year, more than 400 people are killed from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings? Even worse, did you know that young children are at even greater risk, with a quarter of all calls to poison control centers being for children 19 and under?

    There’s a reason they call carbon monoxide the “silent killer” – it’s colorless, odorless, tasteless and can’t be detected by humans without the help of an alarm or detector. As the weather gets colder more people are using heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and other appliances that produce carbon monoxide. We would like to bring awareness to the “INVISIBLE KILLER”. 


    So what can students, parents and teachers do to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide?


    CARBON MONOXIDE TIPS

    1. Always take safety precautions where children and adults are exposed to devices which remit carbon monoxide.

    2. Make sure there’s a working CO alarm on every level of your house and near every bedroom. Test them every month to make sure they’re working correctly, and replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

    3. Make sure to use generators and grills outside the home, away from any windows and doors.

    4. Check the vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace outside your home to make sure they’re clear of any debris.

    5. If the CO alarm sounds, leave the area immediately, call 911 or the fire department as soon as you and your family are outside the home. Stay outside until emergency personnel arrive.

    Remember, our students, staff, and families are our most precious asset. Let’s take every precaution to protect their lives and safety.

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  • Building Evacuation During a Pandemic

    When we return to “in-person learning” in January 2021, we will have to familiarize ourselves with Kate Bond Middle’s building evacuation procedures. Please review the procedures carefully.

    There are several important fire safety features, which should be considered when conducting Fire Drills requiring evacuation:

    · FIRE ALARM SIGNAL – Fire alarms provide early detection of potential fire and notification to evacuate. At the sounding of the alarm students/teacher & staff should move into the hall as rapidly as possible without crowding or running. The teacher will take the Multi-Hazard Emergency Management Procedures and Protocols (red book) manual and the class roll. Teachers will also check to see that everyone is out of the room and will close the door. Keep exit path widths open at least 48 inches.
     

    · DOORS AND ESCAPE ROUTES –Exit doors must be easily recognized and shouldn’t be hidden with paint or decorations. Make certain classroom door windows are not covered and are free from excessive paper.

    Exit and emergency lights must be in good working order at all times. You can assist your school in reporting any non-functioning exit signs or emergency lights, or those in disrepair, to the plant manager or administrator. Nothing should obstruct visibility of these signs.

    Fire-rated doors cannot be held open, locked, propped open, or chained, and must have latches.
     

    · EVACUATION OF STUDENTS AND STAFF NEEDING ASSISTANCE

    When you are evacuating the building, please be aware of students and staff with disabilities, special needs, and mobility challenges, such as wheelchairs, braces and other mobility devices. Keep the exit paths clear.
     

    · STUDENT ASSEMBLY AREAS —Each class will move to its assigned evacuation location on the baseball field or back parking lot. No one should remain near or in the building. The teacher will account for all students. Students are to remain 6 feet apart, in their designated areas, during the drill. Everyone will remain in the assembly areas until the grade level administrators call an “ALL CLEAR” and direct you to prepare to re-enter the building.

    Remember, this is only a drill. In the event of an “actual emergency”, standard evacuation procedures apply, which require all building occupants to exit the building as promptly and safely as possible.

    Practice makes perfect! Practice reduces panic and injuries.

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