Friday, August 29, 2014

2014 Made In America Festival

Made In American Festival Logo

For details on the Made In America Festival, including event activities, transportation, parking, security and more - City of Philadelphia Releases Information for 2014 Made In America Festival

Stay safe during the festival. Know where to find Philadelphia Police and First Aid Station with the map below.

Made In American Festival Map

Monday, August 25, 2014

BBQ Safely This Labor Day Weekend

Many Labor Day Weekend celebrations include a tasty barbecue, so be sure to stay safe around the grill. Follow these safety tips from the Philadelphia Fire Department

BBQ Grill Safety Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide. 
  • When in use, grills should be at least 15 feet from any structure and at least 3 feet from any combustible materials. 
  • When purchasing a grill, select one that bears the approval mark of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Make a thorough inspection of the grill before each use. For propane grills, pay particular attention to connections and hoses. Look for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. 
  • Replace any damaged or corroded propane tanks.
  • Never store spare propane cylinders under or near a grill or inside the home.
  • Always store propane cylinders upright. 
  • Do not transport propane cylinders in the trunk of a passenger vehicle. 
  • Children should never be allowed to start outdoor cooking equipment. 
  • Allow lighter fluid to penetrate charcoals for 5-10 minutes before lighting, this creates a smaller, controlled flame. 
  • Once a fire has been started, never add starter fluid. Fire may follow the stream of fluid back to the container, causing an explosion and scattering flaming liquid.
  • Never use gasoline to start your fire. 
  • Keep a small spray can of water handy to douse flaming grease.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing while cooking. 
  • Always turn off valves when not in use. 
  • Use caution in disposing of the ashes. Ashes may contain live coals, which can start a fire. The safest method is to wet ashes thoroughly with water before emptying the grill.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Earthquake Safety

On August 23, 2011, the tremors of an earthquake that originated in Virginia shook Philadelphia. Many folks evacuated from their homes and offices, which is not the proper response. Remember the following safety tips the next time tremors shake the City.

If Indoors: If Outdoors:
  1. DROP to the ground.
  2. Take COVER under a study table or desk.
  3. HOLD ON to the leg of the table until the shaking stops.
  1. STAY Outdoors.
  2. MOVE AWAY from buildings, streetlights and utility wires.
  3. Once in the open, STAY there until the shaking stops.
If there is no table or desk near you:
  • COVER your face and head with your arms.
  • CROUCH in an inside corner of the building.
If you are in a moving vehicle:
  • STOP as quickly as safety permits.
  • STAY in the vehicle.
  • AVOID STOPPING near or under buildings, trees, overpasses and utility wires.
  • STAY INSIDE until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.
  • STAY AWAY from glass, windows, outside doors, walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • BE AWARE that electricity may go out and sprinkler systems  or fire alarms may turn on.
Warning! Do Not:
  • EXIT a building during the shaking.
  • USE the elevators.
When Most Injuries Happen:
Most injuries happen when people inside a building try to move to a different location or try to leave the building
Where are the greatest dangers?
  • Directly outside buildings.
  • At exits.
  • Alongside exterior walls.
Why Most Casualties Happen:
Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass and falling objects.
Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury.

Lessons Learned
Many of the 120 fatalities from the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake occurred when people ran outside of the buildings only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. 

For more information, visit the Earthquake Preparedness page of the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Utility Interruption Safety

Utility Pole

Interruptions in utility services can happen for various reasons, such as emergencies, severe weather, downed trees or power lines. They can impact any community, so it's important to be prepared.

Be Prepared:
  • Keep a flashlight with extra batteries on each floor of your home.
  • Avoid using candles. They can be a fire hazard. If you do use candles, never leave them unattended.
  • Have a battery-operated clock and radio with extra batteries for local news updates.
  • Store a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods in your home or Shelter-in-Place Kit.
  • Have a phone that does not rely on electricity, and simply plugs into a phone jack.
  • Protect sensitive electronic appliances like microwaves, televisions and computers, with surge protectors.
  • If someone has a medical condition, plan for alternate sources of power or alternate accommodations in the event of an extended power outage.

If There is a Power Outage: 
  • Call your service provide immediately to report the outage.
    • PECO Energy Customer Service: 1-800-494-4000.
    • PECO Energy Emergency Hotline: 1-800-841-4141.
  • Disconnect or turn off all appliances that would otherwise go on automatically when the power comes back on. (If several appliances start up at once, they could overload the circuits.)
  • To prevent food spoilage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Each time the door is opened, heat enters and speeds up the thawing process.
  • Stay indoors, if possible.
  • Do not burn charcoal indoors, and do not use your kitchen gas range, stove or oven to heat rooms. These might cause a fire or a hazardous smoke condition.
  • If outside, be aware of trees and downed wires.
  • Do not touch, go near, or try to move downed wires.
  • Consider all downed lines as energized and extremely dangerous.
  • Report any downed lines to PECO immediately at 1-800-841-4141.
  • If you are in a vehicle and power lines fall on it, stay inside the car until emergency personnel can assist you.

If You Smell Gas: 
  • Do not smoke or light lighters or matches. If the odor is very strong, do not use your phone or operate any light switches or electrical devices - any spark could cause a fire.
  • Open windows.
  • Evacuate immediately, then call 9-1-1.

Water and Sewer-Related Problems: 
  • Always have a supply of bottled water in the house and in your Shelter-in-Place Kit.
  • If you see water coming up from the ground or road, or suspect a water main break, call the Philadelphia Water Department at 215-685-6300. Be ready to provide the following information on the phone:
    • A description of the condition.
    • What is being affected (street, basement, subway).
    • The exact location of the problem.
    • Your name, address and phone number.
  • If you have no water or very low water pressure, call the Philadelphia Water Department at 215-685-6300.
  • If there is a concern about drinking water quality, officials will tell you what actions to take.
For more information, visit the Utility Interruption page of the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management website.