Category Archives: Emergency preparedness

Creating a Balanced Fire Control System

Fire damage can be dramatic, but fires are much more preventable today than they were in even the recent past. There are now lots of systems in place that will help people immediately address problems with fire. As long as those systems are functioning properly, they’ll reduce the threats associated with both major and minor fires.

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Water Sprinklers

The majority of buildings are equipped with water sprinklers now. These sprinklers can be efficiently installed throughout a building. Systems like these also tend to last for a long time, especially if they’re inspected regularly enough. Sprinklers can be used to eliminate major fires.

There are also fire suppression techniques that will address smaller fires. Getting a fire suppression system inspection california will help one way or another. 

Manual Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can be particularly valuable when it comes to stopping relatively small fires from spreading. People who see a fire starting right in front of them can use handheld fire extinguishers to neutralize a fire right at its source. These devices are incredibly useful in specific circumstances.

A fire extinguisher may not be sufficient if the fire in question has grown beyond a certain point. Fires that start in unoccupied parts of the buildings without adequate fire alarms might actually get to this level before anyone even notices them. Most buildings will have fire extinguishers today, and these devices will be part of a larger set of fire control systems. 

Multiple Methods

People who are get varied fire control systems installed can defend themselves from a wide range of fires. They won’t be relying on only one form of technology. These individuals will have backup systems in place.

Inspectors can keep both complicated and simple fire control systems in good shape. Qualified inspectors will prevent multiple disasters before they begin.

Important things to observe during the rainy season

Credit: People’s Tonight Editorial Cartoon 06-10-18; NVT

Water

  • Make sure drinking water is from a safe source.
  • When in doubt, boil water for 2 minutes or longer, or chlorinate drinking water to make it safe.

Food

  • Food should be well-cooked.
  • Leftovers should be covered and kept away from household pests.
  • Food waste should be disposed of properly.

Clothing

  • Keep yourself dry and warm.

Others

  • Consult a doctor at once if you, or any household member, have any sign or symptom of infection. This will help prevent the spread of infection in the evacuation area.
  • Common infections or diseases that may spread in an evacuation area include coughs and colds; acute gastroenteritis; skin and eye infections; measles; dengue; leptospirosis; and hepatitis A.
  • Do not allow children to wade in floodwaters to avoid diseases, such as leptospirosis.
  • Dispose all waste properly.
  • Maintain personal hygiene. Always wash your hands before and after eating and using the toilet.
  • Put safety first. Stay away from hanging wires and unstable structures.

Typhoons

  • Typhoons (tropical cyclones), also known as bagyo, hit the country around 19 times in a typical year. Typhoons bring strong winds and heavy rains resulting in flooding, great damage to crops, houses and buildings, and death due to accidents. Climate change affects the increase in the intensity of typhoons.

Coping with Typhoons Preparations for Typhoon

  • Tune into the radio or TV, or log on to the Internet, for regular updates on the weather.
  • Have an emergency kit ready. Fill a watertight box/container with canned goods, soda crackers, bottled water, and other ready-to-eat, non-perishable food items. Include a flashlight with extra batteries, transmitter radio with battery, mobile phone, blanket, and clothing.

During Strong Winds and Heavy Rains

  • Watch out for falling debris (roof tiles, signs, GI sheets, tree branches, etc.)
  • When inside the house or building, do not stay near the windows and watch out for broken glass.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances.
  • Do not get close to the riverbank or seashore.

During Floods

  • Evacuate to a higher ground.
  • Secure children on a higher ground or on a flotation device.
  • Wear a protective head gear or helmet while evacuating.
  • Use a rope to secure yourself.
  • Carry the elderly or sick on your back.
  • Watch out for open manholes or side ditches. Use a stick to check the safety around your feet when walking on flooded areas.
  • Call for Help Emergency: 911

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WHAT TO DO DURING TYPHOONS OR HEAVY RAINS

Image credit: N and People’s Tonight (June 30, 2015)

Image credit: N and People’s Tonight (June 30, 2015)

Typhoons and heavy rains may cause flooding which, in turn, can potentially increase the transmission of communicable diseases. These include water-borne diseases (e.g., typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A); and vector-borne diseases (e.g., malaria, dengue). Climate change affects the increase in the intensity of typhoons.

Water

  • Make sure drinking water is from a safe source.
  • When in doubt, boil water for 2 minutes or longer, or chlorinate drinking water to make it safe.

Food

  • Food should be well-cooked.
  • Leftovers should be covered and kept away from household pests.
  • Food waste should be disposed of properly.

Clothing

  • Keep yourself dry and warm.

Others

  • Consult a doctor at once if you, or any household member, have any sign or symptom of infection. This will help prevent the spread of infection in the evacuation area.
  • Common infections or diseases that may spread in an evacuation area include coughs and colds; acute gastroenteritis; skin and eye infections; measles; dengue; leptospirosis; and hepatitis A.
  • Do not allow children to wade in floodwaters to avoid diseases, such as leptospirosis.
  • Dispose all waste properly.
  • Maintain personal hygiene. Always wash your hands before and after eating and using the toilet.
  • Put safety first. Stay away from hanging wires and unstable structures.

Typhoons

  • Typhoons (tropical cyclones), also known as bagyo, hit the country around 19 times in a typical year. Typhoons bring strong winds and heavy rains resulting in flooding, great damage to crops, houses and buildings, and death due to accidents. Climate change affects the increase in the intensity of typhoons.

Coping with Typhoons Preparations for Typhoon

  • Tune into the radio or TV, or log on to the Internet, for regular updates on the weather.
  • Have an emergency kit ready. Fill a watertight box/container with canned goods, soda crackers, bottled water, and other ready-to-eat, non-perishable food items. Include a flashlight with extra batteries, transmitter radio with battery, mobile phone, blanket, and clothing.

During Strong Winds and Heavy Rains

  • Watch out for falling debris (roof tiles, signs, GI sheets, tree branches, etc.)
  • When inside the house or building, do not stay near the windows and watch out for broken glass.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances.
  • Do not get close to the riverbank or seashore.

During Floods

  • Evacuate to a higher ground.
  • Secure children on a higher ground or on a flotation device.
  • Wear a protective head gear or helmet while evacuating.
  • Use a rope to secure yourself.
  • Carry the elderly or sick on your back.
  • Watch out for open manholes or side ditches. Use a stick to check the safety around your feet when walking on flooded areas.
  • Call for Help Emergency: 911

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