Safer Home Heating: Kerosene Heaters

Use these tips for all types of space heaters.

Gas-fueled heating devices pose extra hazards because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Be sure your heater is in good working condition, with no carbon buildup in the exhaust parts. Your heater should have an emergency shut off in case it tips over.

Use ONLY the fuel recommended by the heater manufacturer.

Keep kerosene or other flammable liquids outside your home, in approved metal containers in a well ventilated storage area.

NEVER fill the heater while it’s hot, or operating.

Refuel outside your home.

Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.

Learn more about space heaters and their safe use from energy.gov.

 

Teaching Teens With I/DD Fire Safety: Classroom Plans and Modules

Effective fire prevention and survival skills—life skills that can protect young lives now and in their future lives—are more than school fire drills, a session of stop, drop and roll, or a mention of pot holders during a cooking lesson. Children and teens with intellectual disabilities are at higher for preventable injuries, including fire and burns. Teens are an especially important group to reach with effective fire safety skills, because they are approaching an age when many will move into more independent living situations—where their risk increases. This article includes six modules for lessons and classroom activities, discussion prompts and take-home materials that cover the key skills of kitchen safety, smoke alarms and exit plans, and calling 911.

Get the full article and fire safety lesson plans.

Poster Contest Winners Celebrate Fire Prevention

 

Jaylen Decoste (center front) with classmates who submitted posters from School #42

April has been a month of celebrations for the winners of the 2017 Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Poster Contest. Winners received a pizza party for their classroom as well as Wal-Mart gift certificates.

The winner in the 3rd and 4th Grade Category was Jaylen DeCoste, 4th grader at School 42, while Honorable Mentions went to his classmate William Cody and to Yahir Zaldivara 3rd grader at School 35. Classrooms at both School 35 and 42 celebrated with a pizza party.

 

 

Colin Brunson and Ny’asia Jones at #42 school, with 5th grade teacher Anne Boccardo and Bob Crandall from Prevention 1st.

The winner in the 5th and 6th Grade Category was Colin Brunson, a 5th grader at School 42, with Honorable Mentions going to classmate Ny’asia Jones and 6th grader Alex Rosario.

 

Firefighter Steve Morgan gives Corey Faison a ride to School #35

 

 

 

Corey Faison,  a third grader from School 35, was the winner of the drawing of all students who submitted a poster for a special prize–a ride to school on a firetruck.

Yahir Zaldivara and his classmates at School 35 dig into their prize pizza party.