Conduct a hazard hunt to identify hazards in your home.
Electrical / Appliances / Utilities
* One appliance on an outlet or extension cord.
* No more than one extension cord on one outlet.
* Broken, frayed cords or plugs have been replaced.
* Electric heaters don't cause blown fuses or lights to dim.
* Electric heaters are away from water.
* Circuits are clearly labeled, and area is free of clutter.
* Appliances are in good working order.
* Utility shutoff valves are accessible. If a tool is
needed, store one nearby.
* An ABC type fire extinguisher is in your home, responsible
family members know how to use it, and where it is kept.
* Smoke detectors are on each level of your home, especially
* All heating sources have at least 3 feet of space on all
* Gas heaters have lines free of punctures or splits, and
valves don't leak. (Inspect gas heaters once a month during
* Fireplace has chimneys that are cleaned regularly.
* Chimneys have spark guards on top.
* Fireplaces have screens.
* Flammable liquids are in tightly sealed and labeled and
firesafe containers, and away from sources of heat.
* Flammable liquids are out of children's reach.
* Poisons, toxins and solvents are clearly labeled and
stored out of children's reach.
* Medicines are in child resistant containers and kept out
* Electrical outlets have safety plugs.
* Stairs and walkways are free of clutter
* Handrails on all stairways are firmly secured.
* Freestanding book shelves are secured to the wall.
* Heavy items are stored on lower shelves.
* Heavy mirrors/pictures are tightly secured.
* Hanging plants are not overly large.
* House numbers can be easily seen from the road.
* Foundation is free of cracks
* Tree limbs are trimmed within 10 feet of the house, and
dead limbs hanging over house or garage are removed
NEXT "TRAIN THE BLOCK CAPTAIN" EVENT
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Where: City Council Chambers
Time: 1p.m. - 3:30p.m.
**Includes a light snack and materials.
to secure a seat!
BLOCK CAPTAINS THAT WERE TRAINED THIS PROGRAM BY DR. LUAN
JOHNSON NEED TO CONTACT HBNW TO GET THE MATERIALS TO HOST
YOUR 90 MIN. MEETING WITH YOUR RESIDENTS. THIS PROGRAM ONLY
WORKS WHEN YOU GATHER THAT IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WORK AS
A NEIGHBORHOOD TEAM!
purchase the MYN bag
for under your bed. For any kit purchased from More
Prepared, including the MYN bag, free shipping to HB
residents applies when you enter Coupon Code MYN2008.
For any other kit, please use Coupon Code HB2007.
"Map Your Neighborhood" (MYN)
a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for
It is a program
that HBNW has adopted and is mandatory that all Block
Captains attend and implement on their street.
MYN will help you to:
"9 Steps to
Take Immediately Following a Disaster"
to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It
is hard to think clearly following disaster and these
steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions
that can minimize damage and protect lives.
Equipment each neighbor has that would
be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing
which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your
disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to
contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
Map identifying the locations of natural
gas for quick response if needed.
that helps identify those with specific needs such as
elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone
during certain hours of the day.
together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the
first hour following a disaster and take the necessary