October 2010 Fire Safety and Auto Care


October is Fire Safety and Auto Care Month

The month October is designated as fire safety and auto care month.  The CMFPD hopes these items help keep your family safe.

Fire

Please remember to replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries and test the detectors monthly. Those detectors that are 10 or more years old should be replaced.  Remember to update and discuss with your family fire safety, your emergency escape and meeting place plan. You might even try a drill to ensure your family is comfortable with the escape and meeting place plan.  Visually check your fire extinguisher pressure if you have them in your home.  Replace the unit if the pressure is low.  It’s important to remember if a fire starts in your home, the fire extinguisher should be used to help you escape and call 911.

Your home heating system should be tested for proper operation and  to ensure your CO (carbon monoxide) at safe levels.  Remember to replace or clean (if cleanable) forced air furnace air filters.

Auto safety checks

Make sure you check all fluids, oil, coolant, and windshield washer and replace as required.  Make sure your windshield wiper blades are in good condition and replace them if necessary.  You should have a good window scraper or brush to clear snow or ice from wind shields.

Check tire pressure when tires are cold, Inflate tires to the recommended pressure.  Tires that are properly inflated will increase traction, fuel mileage, and will wear longer.  Replace tires, belts and hoses as needed. Get an engine tune up and check the battery and clean terminals.
 It’s important in rural to pack an emergency safety kit for the trunk.  The kit should include a
blanket, extra clothing, gloves, hat, jumper cables, snack food, a mall shovel, flashlight with new batteries, and kitty litter or ice bite for emergency traction.

Prepare yourself for winter driving and start out a little earlier for your trip in case of inclement weather.  Slow down and leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front. Stay calm, watch for ice and slippery conditions.

Remember daylight savings ends on the last Sunday of October.  Be safe everyone.

Mike Petullo CEM Chairman

CMFPD Administrative Control Board