Stay safe this holiday. Fire and safety experts agree the best way to enjoy fireworks is from a distance. Leave the fireworks to the professionals!
Fireworks are often used to mark holidays and special events. While these displays may be visually appealing, they present dangers for consumer use. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), hundreds of people are injured each Fourth of July while using consumer fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers.
Get the facts about fireworks safety to share with family
and friends. Take a look at this fireworks
safety video and visit the CPSC
Fireworks Information Center.
member of your household should be prepared for disasters. That means pets,
Just as you would create a disaster
supply kit for yourself, be sure to also assemble one for your pet. In addition
to having enough food and water to last at least three days, the Ready Campaign recommends:
Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a
waterproof container as well as records with any instructions;
Collar with ID
tag, harness or leash: Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies
tag and identification at all
times. Include a backup leash, collar, and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit;
Crate or other
If you need to evacuate in an emergency, take your pets and animals with you; and
Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels,
plastic trash bags, and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s
sanitation needs. You can use
bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an
emergency you can also use it to purify water.
Note: Please store chlorine bleach
safely! Keep products containing hazardous materials such as
chlorine bleach in their original containers and never remove the labels; never
store hazardous products in food containers; and never mix chlorine bleach with
any other household cleaning products. Mixing may cause chemicals to react,
ignite, explode, or release poisonous gases that will cause very serious
breathing problems or death.
For the full list of items you should include in
your pet’s kit, download Preparing
Makes Sense for Pet Owners today!
Keep your pet prepared while on the go using the American
Red Cross Pet First Aid mobile app.
Use this app to help your furry friends during emergencies until you can get to
a veterinarian. It’s available for download on Apple and Android devices.
to the Ready Campaign, fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently across the U.S.,
and almost every year people along coastlines evacuate as hurricanes approach.
weather, you may decide to evacuate on your own or local officials may order a
mandatory evacuation. In either situation, advance planning is essential.
Follow these tips to help ensure your safety:
several destinations in different directions and know the evacuation routes to
Plan places where
your family will meet within and outside of your immediate neighborhood. Use
the Family Emergency
Communication Plan to decide these locations
before a disaster happens;
you don’t have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to evacuate. Make
arrangements with family, friends, or your local government; and
Take your emergency supply kit with you.
weather heading your way? Stay prepared using the FEMA mobile app. Receive
preparedness reminders and safety information for more than 20 types of
FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) invites
you to a webinar on Tuesday, July 19, which will feature ways houses of
worship and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs can partner for
emergency response training. The webinar will also highlight how these
partnerships improve engagements with diverse communities and populations.
Title: Emergency Response Training Options for Houses of Worship
Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
How to Join the Webinar:
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