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Health and Safety Podcast<br />Dec. 1, 2010<br />
Topics<br />Cooking safety.<br />Keeping your family safe around holiday decorations.<br />Atlantic hurricane season.<br />Alternative heating sources.<br />
Cooking Safety<br />Cooking equipment – most often a range or stovetop – is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States.<br />Whether you are cooking a holiday dinner or a snack for the children, practicing safe cooking behaviors will help keep you and your family safe.<br />
Holiday Decorations<br />If you’re putting up a holiday tree, do not place your tree close to a heat source.<br />Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. <br />Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. <br />
Holiday Decorations<br />Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. <br />More information is online at the U.S. Fire Administration website, www.usfa.dhs.gov.<br />
Atlantic Hurricane Season<br />The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which ended Nov. 30, was one of the busiest on record.<br />In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed – tied for third highest on record. Of those, 12 became hurricanes – tied for second highest on record. <br />
Atlantic Hurricane Season<br />Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, ranging from natural disasters such as flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes, to events such as power outages. <br />If you haven’t taken the steps yet to be prepared, visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov to learn more.<br />
Alternate Heating Sources<br />Keep at least 3 feet of clearance between your heat source and anything combustible. <br />Do not keep or store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source. <br />
Alternate Heating Sources<br />Never leave a heater on when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep, and never leave children or pets unattended near heating sources. <br />If you use an electric heater, be careful not to overload the electrical circuit.<br />Avoid electrical heaters in bathrooms as they may come in contact with water.<br />
Alternate Heating Sources<br />Only use heaters that have been tested to the latest safety standards and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). These heaters will have the most up-to-date safety features, such as automatic shut-offs. <br />
Alternate Heating Sources<br />Do not use a range or oven as an alternate heating source.<br />Do not use fuel-burning appliances without the proper room ventilation.<br />Never fill a kerosene heater while it is in operation or hot. Avoid overfilling.<br />