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FIRE PREVENTION 

DID YOU KNOW THAT-

  • A fire doubles in size every thirty seconds?
  • You lose your sense of smell while you're sleeping?
  • Cooking incidents account for nearly 60% of all fires in a residential environment?
  • Hot oil or grease is largely responsible for most cooking fires? 


PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL ! 

  • Don't leave cooking appliances unattended and don't walk away from any meal preparation during the cooking process.
  • Keep all flammable items such as paper and cloth products and aerosol containers away from cooking areas. 
  

IN MANY INSTANCES, PREPARING FOOD ITEMS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED OVER MODERATE HEAT IN PARTIALLY-COVERED COOKWARE. THIS ALSO CONTROLS THE AMOUNT OF STEAM OR SMOKE THAT IS PRODUCED. FOOD CONTINUES TO COOK AFTER IT IS REMOVED FROM THE HEAT SOURCE. SIMPLY KEEP IT COVERED!!

IF A COOKING INCIDENT CREATES EXCESSIVE SMOKE CONDITIONS-

  • Vent area by opening a nearby window, not the apartment door.
  • Invest in a small fan to draw smoke toward the open window.
  • If smoke fills the entire room, cover your nose and mouth with a wet towel or cloth and exit room staying low to the floor.
  • Close the door behind you to confine smoke to that area only.
  • When exiting a smoke-filled building, move to the windward side. 

For additional information on fire safety, contact Environmental Health and Safety Officer Pat Norton at nortonp1 or go to usfa.dhs.gov.

- Reference information courtesy of USFA, National Fire Protection Association, The Hartford   and Science Daily -

 

 

storing their ID?

 

* It could take a year to 16 months before a victim realizes their identity has been compromised?

 

  

Identity Theft

YOU MUST PROTECT YOUR 'HOUSE' ! 

 
  • DON'T CARRY YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD ON YOUR PERSON. KEEP IT SECURED AT HOME.

     
  • SHRED ALL DOCUMENTS CONTAINING PERSONAL INFORMATION BEFORE DISCARDING IN THE TRASH.

     
  • WHEN AWAY FROM HOME FOR EXTENDED PERIODS, HAVE THE POST OFFICE HOLD YOUR MAIL.

     
  • ANNUALLY REQUEST COPIES OF YOUR CREDIT REPORT FROM ANY OF THE THREE CREDIT BUREAUS. YOU ARE ENTITLED BY FEDERAL LAW TO A FREE REPORT IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF FRAUD.

     
  • DON'T LEAVE MAIL IN YOUR MAILBOX OVERNIGHT OR ON WEEKENDS.

     
  • DEPOSIT OUTGOING MAIL IN U.S. POSTAL SERVICE COLLECTION BOXES.

     
  • SIGN NEW CREDIT CARDS IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT WAIT !

     
  • KEEP YOUR HANDS FREE AT ATM MACHINES. WHEN MAKING ENTRIES, COVER PAD WITH YOUR HAND. AVOID GOING TO AN ATM WITH TOO MANY 'CARRY ITEMS' IN TOW.

     
  • AVOID CONGESTED AREAS NEAR ATM'S OR PHONES. BEWARE OF 'SHOULDER SURFING'.

     
  • DON'T LEAVE RECEIPTS AT ATM'S, GAS PUMPS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

     
  • NEVER GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE OR ONLINE UNLESS YOU INITIATED THE TRANSACTION. BEWARE OF ONLINE 'PHISHING'.

     
 

 IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOUR IDENTITY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED-

 
  • REQUEST THAT A 'FRAUD ALERT' BE PLACED IN YOUR FILE ALERTING LENDERS TO CONTACT YOU.

     
  • PLACE A PASSWORD ON CREDIT AND BANKING ACCOUNTS.

     
  • FILE A REPORT WITH YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.

     
  • CONTACT CREDITORS WHERE A FRAUDULENT ACCOUNT HAS BEEN OPENED IN YOUR NAME.

     
  • FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC) AT 877-428-4338.

     
  • IF YOU HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY ACTIVITY INVOLVING THEFT, TAMPERING OR REDIRECTION OF YOUR MAIL, CONTACT THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE.

     
  • CONTACT THE FRAUD UNITS OF EXPERION, TRANS UNIONOR EQUIFAX.

     

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, GO TO THE FOLLOWING SITES:

 

 

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE COMMISSION (FDIC) WWW.FDIC.GOV

 

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC) WWW.FTC.GOV OR WWW.CONSUMER.GOV

 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA) WWW.SSA.GOV

 

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE (USPS) WWW.USPS.COM

 

- Reference material courtesy of U.S. Postal Service, FTC and Realtysecurity.com -