Safety & Education

|Car Seat Safety | Fire Safety | Carbon Monoxide Info | Rip Currents | CPR Training  Inhalant Abuse Prevention | Home Heating Safety | Poison Prevention | 2-1-1 New Hampshire | Barbecue Grilling Safety | Generator Safety

 

 


Car Seat Safety

Hampton Fire & Rescue has specially certified firefighters that are available to install and inspect your child's car seat to ensure that it is properly and safely done as well as instruct parents, family, and caregivers on how to install it themselves.  You can call 926-3316 to make an appointment.

American Academy of Pediatrics Car Seats: Information for Families for 2013

National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationwww.nhtsa.gov

Recalled Seats – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission –  www.cpsc.gov or 1-800-638-2772

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Fire Safety

If you have any fire safety questions you can always call our Fire Prevention Bureau at 929-1920 Monday through Friday between 8am-5pm or the on duty Shift Commander at 926-3316.  You can also visit the web sites below to find more information about fire safety including home escape plans, smoke detectors, home safety checks, and much more.

National Fire Protection Association www.nfpa.org

Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fire Safety

Holiday Safety Tips

Winter Fire Safety

United States Fire Administration for Home Fire Safety information

Home Fire Safety Checklist

Home Fire Escape Plan

Five Escape Strategies

Smoke Alarms Public Safety Announcement

 

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Carbon Monoxide Info

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can escape from any fuel-burning appliance or motor vehicle and has increasingly more harmful effects on your body as the concentration increases that could lead to severe injury or death. Below are a few websites with information on how to protect yourself and prevent CO problems.

National Fire Protection Association

US Fire Administration

US Environmental Protection Agency-Indoor Air Quality

Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Rip Currents

A rip current is a strong, narrow, surface current that flows rapidly away from the shore, returning the water carried landward by waves. Be sure to always consult with the lifeguards for the conditions that day and take note of the warning signs and flags.  This will help make your visit to the beach safe and fun.

National Weather Service Rip Current Safety

United States Lifesaving Administration

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CPR Training 

CPR classes, both new and recertification for individuals, families or groups are available at the Headquarters station, 140 Winnacunnet Rd. For more information contact EMS Officer Nate Denio at 926-3316 or ndenio@hamptonfirerescue.com. Pre-registration for all classes is required.

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Inhalant Abuse Prevention

For more information on the prevention of inhalant abuse a few of many available websites is listed below.

Alliance for Consumer Educatio www.inhalant.org

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition  www.inhalants.org

New England Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition  www.inhalantabusetraining.org

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Poison Prevention

Every day thousands of new parents assume the responsibility of caring for and protecting a child. Many of these first-time caregivers are unaware of the dangers of unintentional poisonings often related to medicines and household products commonly found in the home, such as personal care products, over-the-counter pain relievers and cleaning substances.

From 2002 through 2004, about 36 children younger than 5 died each year as a result of ingesting poisonous substances found in and around the home. In 2005 about 91,000 young children visited hospital emergency rooms and more than one million calls were placed to poison control centers as a result of unintentional poisoning.

To prevent these incidents, Hampton Fire recommends the following safety steps:

1. Keep all household chemicals and medicines locked up, out of sight and out of reach.

2. Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after each use. Some products also come in child-resistant blister cards, which avoid the need to re-secure.

3. Call 911 immediately in case of poisoning.

4. When products are in use, never let young children out of your sight, even if you must take them along when answering the phone or doorbell.

5. Keep items in original containers.

6. Leave the original labels on all products, and read the label before using to understand correct use and dosage.

7. Do not put decorative lamps and candles that contain lamp oil where children can reach them. Lamp oil can be very toxic if ingested by young children.

8. Always turn the light on when giving or taking medicine. Check the dosage every time.

9. Avoid taking medicine in front of children. Refer to medicine as "medicine," not "candy."

10. Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically and safely dispose of unneeded and outdated medicines.

Poison Prevention Website www.poisonprevention.org

New Hampshire Poison Information Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756
Emergency Phone: (800) 562-8236 (NH only);
(603) 650-8000

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2-1-1 New Hampshire

Changing the Way New Hampshire Finds Help

2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers, at no cost, to information about critical health and human services available in their community

2-1-1 NH is an initiative led by United Ways of New Hampshire (UWNH), an organization that represents the 10 United Ways across the state, in partnership with the State of New Hampshire, Citizens Bank Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Exeter Hospital, and Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH).

Residents in New Hampshire can contact 2-1-1 NH toll-free by dialing 2-1-1 in state or 1-866-444-4211 from out of state

 

 

 

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Barbecue Grilling Safety

The New Hampshire State Fire Code regulates the use and storage of grills in the following manner:

NFPA 1 – section 10.11-7 states:

"For other than one- and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, gas-fired grill, charcoal grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose, shall be used or kindled on any balcony or under any overhanging portion or within 10 ft (3 m) of any structure. Listed electric ranges, grills, or similar electrical apparatus shall be permitted."

Before Barbecuing

Check your grill thoroughly for leaks, cracking or brittleness before using it.

Clean out the tubes that lead into the burner.

Make sure the grill is at least 10 feet away from your house, garage, or trees.

Store and use your grill on a large flat surface that cannot burn (i.e.- concrete or asphalt).

Don't use grills in a garage, porch, deck or on top of anything that can catch on fire.

Keep children away from fires and grills. It is a good idea to establish a safety zone around the grill and instruct children to remain outside the zone. A chalk line works great for this purpose.

Have a fire extinguisher, a garden hose attached to a water supply, or at least 16-quarts of water close by in case of a fire.

During Barbecuing

Don't wear loose clothing that might catch fire.

Use long handled barbecue tools and/or flame resistant mitts.

Never use any flammable liquid other than a barbecue starter fluid to start a fire.

Never pour or squirt starter fluid onto an open flame. The flame can easily flashback along the fluid's path to the container in your hands.

Keep alcoholic beverages away from the grill, they are flammable!

Never leave the grill unattended.

After Barbecuing

Always follow the manufacturer's cleaning and storing instructions that accompany the grill.

Keep your grill clean and free of grease buildup that may lead to a fire.

Never store liquid or pressurized fuels inside your home and/or near any possible sources of flame

IN CASE OF A BARBECUE FIRE

  1. For PROPANE Grills – turn off the burners. For CHARCOAL Grills – close the grill lid. Disconnect the power to ELECTRIC Grills.
  2. For PROPANE Grills – if you can safely reach the tank valve, shut it off.
  3. If the fire involves the tank, leave it alone, evacuate the area and call the fire department (911).
    If there is any type of fire that either threatens your personal safety or endangers property, ALWAYS DIAL 911.
  4. NEVER attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. It will only cause the flames to flare up. Use an approved portable fire extinguisher.

Propane Grills

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that more than 500 fires and 20 injuries occur every year from gas grill fires and explosions of grills that have not been used for several months.

Check the tubes leading to the burner regularly for blockages. Check with your specific grill manufacturer's instructions.

Check for leaks EVERY TIME you replace the cylinder. Pour soapy solution over the connections and if bubbles begin to form, there is a leak. Placing the soapy solution into a spray bottle makes it much easier to apply. If there is a leak, turn off the grill IMMEDIATELY and have it fixed. Do NOT use the grill until the leak is fixed.

Make sure all the connections are secure BEFORE turning on the gas.

Never start a propane grill with the lid closed. Gas can accumulate and when the grill is ignited may cause an explosion.

Only get propane from approved compressed gas suppliers.

Before getting a propane cylinder filled, check for any damages to it.

Never store propane cylinders indoors or near any heat source.

Never transport or store propane cylinders in the trunk of your automobile.

ALWAYS shut off the propane fuel at the grill and at the bottle after you have finished barbecuing. Otherwise, this will lead to fire hazards, such as leaks and faulty regulators.

Charcoal Grills

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that every year about 20 deaths and 400 injuries are treated resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning from charcoal grills.

Due to the production of carbon monoxide when charcoal is burned, charcoal grills should not be used inside homes, vehicles, tents, or campers, even if ventilation is provided. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, you will not be alerted to the danger until it is too late.

Never use any flammable liquid other than barbecue starter fluid to start a charcoal barbecue.

Use the starter fluid sparingly and never put it on an open flame.

Never add fire starter after you have started your barbecue to speed a slow fire or rekindle a dying fire. The flame can easily flashback along the fluid's path to the container in your hands.

Remove the charcoal ashes from the grill and place them into a metal container with a tight-fitting metal lid. Add and mix in water with the ashes, and set aside for several days. 

Remove the ashes only after they are completely cooled and no warm embers remain.

Always soak coals with water after cooking; they retain their heat for long periods of time.

Keep damp or wet coals in a well ventilated area. During the drying process, spontaneous combustion can occur in confined areas.

Electric Grills

Keep the grill at least 10 feet away from any combustible material.

Do NOT use any flammable liquid to start an electric grill.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions in the use of an electric grill.

When using an electrical extension cord, make sure it is properly rated for the amperage required for the electric grill. Otherwise you could risk an electrical fire.

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Generator Safety

During power outages many people utilize portable generators to provide them with the power needed to operate all or part of their homes.  While generators can be an invaluable tool when needed the safe use of them should be a priority.  Below are a few links to sites that list some of the tips you should know.

Consumer Product Safety Commission: What to Know: Generators and CO (Carbon Monoxide)

National Fire Protection Association: Generator safety tips

U.S. Fire Administration: Portable Generator Hazards

If you have any questions about this or any other safety information call us at 926-3316

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