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Safety Tips

From the 107 Pct. Crime Prevention Officer!

BURGLARY ALERT

  1. Never leave your house/apartment open or unused. Whenever you leave secure your premise by locking all doors.
  2. Windows are a very easy way to gain access to your home. Always secure your windows when you are not home by locking them shut or by putting the safety tabs in place to prevent easy access.
  3. The exterior of your home should be well lit. This will enable people to see if anything out of the ordinary is going on around the perimeter of your home.
  4. If you are going away for any extended period of time, you should place your interior house lights on a timer as to give the appearance that someone is home. Also, you should have a neighbor/friend or family check your house and to take in any mail or newspapers that would give the appearance that no one is home.
  5. Do your own survey of your home; see if you can locate any ways that you believe you can enter your home when no one is there. If you do find any access points, correct them promptly.
  6. If you see something/someone suspicious or anything that seems strange to you in your neighborhood, please call the police. It is better for the police to conduct an investigation and find out that everything is alright than for the police to respond later and find numerous homes broken into.

REMEMBER, THE HARDER YOU MAKE IT FOR BURGLARS TO GET INTO YOUR HOME, THE MORE LIKELY IT IS THEY WILL GO SOMEWHERE THAT IS AN EASIER TARGET.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the 107 Pct. Crime Prevention Officer at (718) 969-5998.

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HOME ESCAPE PLANNING

1.    There are three essential items that should be kept by your bedside: a telephone, a whistle, and your eyeglasses. You need your glasses to see how to escape from fire and to avoid injury. The whistle serves two purposes:  It lets people know where you are so that you can be rescued, and it enables you to warn other family members of fire. Your first priority in a fire is to get out of the building. Don't stop to call the Fire Dept. until you are safe outside. If you cannot escape by the door. the telephone allows you to call for help while attempting to escape by your backup route (e.g. a window, etc.).

2.    If you use a wheelchair or walker, check all exit routes in advance to be sure you can get through the doorways. If not, map out escape routes that are accessible, and discuss your escape plans with your family, the building manager or neighbors.

3.    If you have impairments that might make it more difficult for you to escape from fire, consider talking to your Fire Dept. and letting them know your special circumstances in advance. Plan your escape route. You should have a primary and back-up route mapped out for each room. Practice getting out. It may seems foolish to do so, or unnecessary (of course you know how to find the front door), but when there is fire and smoke, your reasoning and thought patterns may be affected by the emergency. If you have practiced escape routes, your memory and instincts will help you move in the right direction and in the right way. Check all windows from which escape is planned. Can you open the window, or is it painted or nailed shut? Make sure your exits allow exit!

SMOKE DETECTORS

1.     Smoke detectors provide valuable protection. Detectors double your chances of surviving a fire in your home by providing early warning and valuable extra time for escape. Install smoke detectors and maintain them.

2.     If you cannot install a detector yourself, ask a relative, a friend or a neighbor or call the Fire Dept. They will help you locate the best spot for the detector and make sure that the detector is installed.

3.     At a minimum, you should have a detector immediately outside your sleeping area. The ideal spot is on the ceiling or high on the wall, out of corners where "dead air" space might not capture rising smoke and gases. Detectors also should be placed at the top of open stairways (or at the bottom of enclosed stairways). There should be a detector on every level of your home or apartment.

4.     Do not disable your detectors by removing batteries or disconnecting wires. Doing so could mean the difference between life and death.

5.     If your detector goes off because of cooking fumes or steam from the bathroom, consult your Fire Dept. about whether to move it or if you need a different type of detector.

6.     Clean the detectors periodically to keep them free from dust and dirt. Test the batteries. Detectors connected to your house wiring should be tested regularly, too. Use a broom handle to tap the button or test by lighting and blowing out a match so that the smoke is detected. If you cannot physically clean and test the detectors, ask someone to do it for you. Don't neglect this important task.

7.     Smoke detector batteries must be changed at least once a year. Use your birthday or some other major holiday as your annual "Battery Replacement Day".

8.     If your landlord or building management is responsible for smoke detectors where you live, call and ask when they last were tested, cleaned or replaced. If the detectors have not been attended to, insist that the party responsible act immediately. If they do not respond, call the Fire Dept., your local Area Agency on Aging, the Mayor's Office, or the Housing Authority. Smoke detectors are important protection in escaping fire - you must have a smoke detector. Don't live without one!

KITCHEN FIRES

1.     The kitchen is a high danger zone for fire, so be extra cautious with flame when cooking in the kitchen

2.     If you must leave the kitchen while you are cooking, turn off the burner. If you have something in the oven, check it every 15 minutes or so. Most kitchen fires occur because food is left unattended on the stove or in the oven. A "brief" departure from the kitchen to attend to other matters can easily turn into an extended time away. As a reminder to you, take a potholder, a cooking spoon, or other kitchen utensil with you when you have an unfinished task waiting in the kitchen.

3.     Never cook with loose, dangling sleeves. Robes and other loose-fitting garments can ignite easily. This is a major cause of serious burns for senior citizens. Don't take chances!

ELECTRIC

1.     Regularly inspect your extension cords for fraying, exposed wires or loose plugs. They are not intended for use as permanent wiring. Unplug them when not in use.

2.     If you need to plug in two or three appliances, lamps, etc., do not use a simple extension cord. It is better to get a UL-approved unit that had built-in circuit breakers.

SMOKING

1.     Whether or not you smoke, friends and relatives who visit your home may. It is important, in either case, to be careful with all smoking materials.

2.     Don't leave cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended. Put out all smoking materials before you walk away.

3.     Don't put ashtrays on the arms of sofas or chairs. The ashtray can be tipped easily, spilling hot ashes or burning cigarettes onto the carpet or furniture.

4.     Use large ashtrays with wide lips. While smaller ashtrays may be more attractive, they are not safe. Cigarettes can roll off the edge, and ashes can easily be blown around.

5.     Close a matchbook before striking, and hold it away from your body. St your cigarette lighter on "low" flame to prevent burns.

6.     Empty all ashtrays into the toilet or a metal container. Warm ashes dumped in waste cans can smolder for hours, then ignite surrounding trash. An option is to place the ashtray in the kitchen sink and fill it with water. Let it remain overnight before disposing.

7.     NEVER, NEVER smoke in bed. Make it a rule not to allow any smoking materials in bedrooms. Burning sheets, blankets and other bedclothes create a fire from which escape may be impossible. Toxic fumes from the smoke can kill before flames ever break out. Don't smoke in bed!>

8.     If you begin to feel drowsy while watching television or reading, extinguish your cigarette or cigar. Do it before you nod off.>

9.     If relatives or friends who smoke have visited, be sure to check on the floor and around chair cushions for ashes that may have been dropped accidentally.

This page last updated: April 8, 2015