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Stay Safe! Being smart in the kitchen

pot-820012_960_720Experience tells us that a high percentage of fires occur in the kitchen. Cooking is the main cause of home fires and fire injuries. You can prevent cooking fires. We strongly suggest you take these steps to keep yourself and your family safe while preparing meals.

  • Cook when you are alert. Do not cook if you are drowsy or if you feel the effects of medication.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothes when you cook.
  • Roll your sleeves over your elbows when you cook.
  • Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper, and curtains.
  • Never leave a stove unattended while cooking. Turn off the stove if you must move away, even for a moment. Keep an eye on what you fry!
  • Keep children and pets away. We suggest you create a three-foot safe-zone around the stove.
  • Always use a pan with a lid that fits properly.
  • Keep a lid nearby to smother any flames that occur unexpectedly.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so no one can bump them or pull them over.
  • Be extremely careful when you have to move hot water from the stove to the sink. If practical use a ladle or a scoop to remove food from a boiling pot.
  • Keep the area around your stove clean.
  • Do not allow grease to build up around the stove. Built-up grease can catch on fire.

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Tips for an Accessible Halloween

pumpkin-1544602_960_720Halloween can be scary in more ways than one – the costumes, the pranks, the candy selection… and accessibility. A holiday that many see as fun and exciting can be anxiety inducing for others as they wonder if they will be able to fully participate with their peers. Here are a few tips for trick-or-treaters, their parents, and those who decide to hand out treats:

For those heading out:

  • Plan your route out a few days before. Most houses should have their decorations up, so you will be able to assess which ones will be easily accessible.
  • Costumes should not be tight, and not dragging on the ground either; you don’t want anything getting caught in wheels or tangled around canes. (more…)
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Stay Safe! Wildfire Preparedness

14852815074_fd07458075_oTWThis article is being written as Fire Fighters from coast-to-coast reflect on the outstanding efforts put forth by their colleagues in Fort McMurray. We salute all of the first responders, many of whom who put the good of the community ahead of their personal considerations, as they dealt with the devastation of the wildfire that swept through the Fort McMurray area in early May.

Over the past couple of articles we have offered thoughts and suggestions as to how someone with a neuro-muscular disorder might prepare for the occurrence of an emergency which impacts you personally. Of particular importance were the preparations we recommended you put in place, in the event you are displaced from your home. A wildfire would certainly be such an event.

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Stay safe! Home fire safety for people living with disabilities

11745445_646883135412038_7371745398461155567_nThe commitment of Canadian Fire Fighters to individuals affected by neuromuscular disorders goes beyond fund-raising—they also care about your well-being.

Fire Fighters across the country are continually educating Canadians about fire and life safety issues. They particularly want to ensure that people living with neuromuscular disorders are aware of how they can reduce the impact of a fire threatening their homes.

That’s why the National Fire Fighters Relations Committee (NFFRC) provides information that you can use to develop a game plan for dealing with emergencies in your home. Consider applying the following tips, especially if you are living with a disability that may reduce your ability to evacuate your home safely and efficiently in the case of a fire-related emergency.

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