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After Hurricane Sandy

Follow these important safety tips from the Office of Fire Prevention & Control and the Office of Emergency Management in the aftermath of the storm.

Portable Generators
Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open. Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors and vents. Read both the label on your generator and the owner's manual and follow the instructions. Any electrical cables you use with the generator should be free of damage and suitable for outdoor use.

Charcoal Grills and Camp Stoves
Never use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors. Deaths have occurred when consumers burned charcoal or used camp stoves in enclosed spaces, which produced lethal levels of carbon monoxide.

CO Alarms Install carbon monoxide alarms immediately outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home to protect against CO poisoning. Remember to change the alarms' batteries every year.

Electric Safety
Stay away from any downed wires, including cable TV feeds and telephone lines. They may be live with deadly voltage. If you are standing in water, do not handle or operate electrical appliances. Electrical components, including circuit breakers, wiring in the walls and outlets that have been under water should not be turned on. They should be replaced unless properly inspected and tested by a qualified electrician.

Gas Safety
Natural gas or propane valves that have been under water should be replaced. Smell and listen for leaky gas connections. If you believe there is a gas leak, immediately leave the house, leave the door(s) open, and call 911. Never strike a match. Any size flame can spark an explosion. Before turning the gas back on, have the gas system checked by a professional. ATTENTION Fire Service and Emergency Personnel, please read this important bulletin on Propane and Gas Safety in Flooding Conditions

Candles
Use caution with candles. If possible, use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended. Extinguish candles when you leave the room.

Additional lifesaving information is available at: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/publications/ and: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/

Bryant D. Stevens

State Fire Administrator

The members of OFPC are dedicated to the advancement of sound fire safety practices by all citizens of NY and increasing the effectiveness and proficiency of the State's fire service.
This website is part of these efforts and we trust that the information provided will assist all of us in achieving a more fire safe NY.