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Fire Safety Preparedness: Every Second Counts in a House Fire

Fire Safety Preparedness: Every Second Counts in a House Fire

A fire can spread very quickly in your home. In less than five minutes, the temperature at the point of origin will rise to 1400 degrees and rescue may not be possible.*

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family get to safety. Test your smoke alarm at least once a month - ideally once a week - to ensure it’s in good working order. At a time when every second counts, a Halo® smart smoke and CO alarm can get help you and your family get out over a minute faster than other smart smoke alarms.

Preparation is important for any potential hazard. In addition to testing your smoke alarms on a regular basis, plan a meeting place and practice fire drills with your family. Practice going across the street or down the block to a neighbor’s house, especially if you have children that may become frightened in a fire. Regular practice and advance planning will ensure everyone in your household knows how to get out of the house and where to go in a fire or other emergency situation.



Storm Preparedness: Create an Emergency Supply Kit

Storm Preparedness: Create an Emergency Supply Kit

An emergency supply kit is an important component of your disaster preparedness plan. When you prepare your family for a potential weather or another emergency, you should identify a safe place in (or out of) your home where you can wait out severe storms. In your safe place, you can keep a kit of supplies for use in an emergency situation. It’s best to create your kit before an emergency happens.


A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger


Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children


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How Does a NOAA Weather Radio Work?

How Does a NOAA Weather Radio Work?

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) provides the Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) network through a nationwide network of local radio stations that work together to monitor and provide continuous weather updates and broadcast official weather service watches, warnings, forecasts and other hazard information. NWR also works with local and national emergency response teams to broadcast information after a major event, including natural and environmental events.

A weather radio picks up these signals, which are broadcast on the following seven frequencies (MHz):

The weather radio built into the Halo+ device needs to be set to the station for your location, just like and other weather radio. Once your station is programmed, your Halo+ device will alert you to important weather warnings and information for your specific area.