JIC Release No. 19 - During a Storm, Keep Your House Safe from Fires

JIC Release No. 19 - During a Storm, Keep Your House Safe from Fires

The Guam Fire Department (GFD) promotes fire safety before, during and after the storm.
Opt for flame-free emergency lighting
If you experience a power outage, when possible, opt for flame-free alternatives to candles: flashlights, battery-powered tea lights, etc. If you do need to use candles, keep candles at least 1 foot away from things that can catch fire, like clothing, books and curtains. Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn, and are large enough to collect dripping wax. Keep candles and open flames from flammable liquids. Never leave candles or kerosene lamps burning unattended or within the reach of small children or pets. Extinguish all candles when leaving home or going to bed.
Operate generators safely and away from the home
In addition to following the safety manual for your specific generator, operate generators in well ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings.  
This will prevent the danger of carbon monoxide entering your home. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless, invisible, poison gas.  Every year, 1,500 people die of CO poisoning and 10,000 others need medical attention because of it. CO poisoning is a real threat, one that you cannot see, smell, or taste, but that you can prevent.
Do not refuel generators while they are running and let your generator cool down before refueling it since gasoline can ignite on hot surfaces. Do not store gas or flammable liquids in your home.
Grill smart
Following a storm, you may be cooking outdoors over an open flame. Follow basic safety guidelines of using a grill, like keeping hair and loose clothing away from the open flame and exercise caution when using lighter fluids.
Immediately After a Storm
Use extreme caution going out of doors. Be ready for broken glass, and damage to building foundations, streets and bridges, and coastal or hillside erosion.  Stay away from downed power lines. Keep listening to radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.  Watch for closed roads. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road turn around. If you evacuated, do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe. 

How Can I Stay Up to Date with the Joint Information Center?

The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information during emergencies. The following is a list of radio partners, where you can get updated information about Typhoon Mangkhut:

o KSTO 95.5 FM
o 102.9 KISH FM
o Isla 630 AM
o K57 AM
o I94 FM
o Power 98 FM
o Hit Radio 100 
o Cool FM
o The BOSS 104.3
o Star 101.1
o 101.9 KTKB 
o 105.1  KAT FM
o 99.5 The Shark
o KHMG 88.1 FM

o The Point 93.3

TV and Newspaper partners include:
• KUAM: 
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: 
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
·           GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
·           GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
·           Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam/
·           Governor Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.



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