Prepare for Spring runoff

From the Boulder County Flood Recovery Manager
As we head into Spring runoff, Boulder County would like to share preparedness information to residents of the county. Below are links to a short video and a preparedness guide.

  1. View the spring runoff preparedness video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVNQ9HkEOnY
  2. Read the Post-Flood Community Preparedness Guide: http://www.bouldercounty.org/doc/flood/preparednessguide.pdf

A complete guide on Post-Flood Community Preparedness, as well as an updated All-Hazards Preparedness Guide can be found online, at www.BoulderOEM.com.

If you observe a situation that is an imminent threat to public safety please call 911. This will activate an emergency response.

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Wood and Pellet Stove Safety

We have another week of official winter but the cold weather usually doesn’t get the memo here in the mountains. So stoves will continue burning for a while.  They keep us warm and cozy, but heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during winter months.

Consider the following safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for safely purchasing, installing, using, and maintaining a stove:

  • Purchase a stove that has the label of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Have your stove, chimney connectors, and chimneys installed by a qualified professional.
  • For wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. For pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned pellets.
  • Have your chimney and stove inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney every fall.
  • Periodically clean the inside of your stove with a wire brush.
    Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place them in a covered metal container, kept at least 10’ away from the house and other buildings.
  • Keep a close eye on children whenever a stove is being used. Teach and remind them to stay at least 3’ away from the stove.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3’ away from the stove.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. An interconnected system of alarms is recommended so that when one sounds, they all sound. Test the alarms at least every month.

Stay warm. AND stay safe.

Your Home Heating Safety Checklist

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Whether you’re keeping warm and cozy by using a heating system, wood or pellet stove, or portable space heater, you should be aware that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. Follow these simple safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Have heating equipment and stoves installed by a qualified professional.
  • Have heating equipment and stoves cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, as specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning heaters.
  • Maintain a 3’ safety zone around any heating equipment—including keeping kids and anything flammable outside of that zone.
  • NEVER use your cooktop stove or oven to heat your home
  • Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use a fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container; the container should be kept a safe distance from your home.
  • Install smoke detectors, replace the batteries once a year, and test the alarms monthly.

Holiday Entertaining Safety Tips

Holiday entertaining is lots of fun but also bring with it a greater risk of fire. You can keep your family and friends safe by adhering to 2 simple safety tips:

  • Before you go to bed or leave the house, turn off all light stings and decorations.
  • Before you leave the room or go to bed, blow out all lit candles.

There are also several other holiday entertaining safety tips suggested by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Test all of your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking something on the stovetop.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside, and to keep their smoking materials with them, away from children.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Douse the cigarette butts with water before discarding.

 

So have fun over the holidays. AND stay safe!

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Holiday decorating is lots of fun but also brings a greater risk of fire. You can keep your family and friends safe by adhering to 2 simple safety tips:

  • Before you go to bed or leave the house, turn off all light stings and decorations.
  • Before you leave the room or go to bed, blow out all lit candles.

There are also several other holiday decorating safety tips suggested by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from anything flammable, including your holiday decorations.
  • Use the appropriate light strands—some are only for indoor or outdoor use, not both.
  • Do NOT use any string of lights that has worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding how many light strands can be safely connected.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords don’t get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows or doors.