In a coordinated effort with the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, Governor John Kasich signed a resolution in regards to Winter Safety Awareness.
State and local governments, emergency managers, educators and the media are to educate and inform Ohioans on actions they can take to prepare for adverse winter weather events to include: hypothermia and extreme cold; extended power outages caused by heavy snow or ice storms; prolonged illnesses caused by influenza or pneumonia; and the increased risk of home fires.
Information can be found at the following web site: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/
Have a safe winter season.
The City of Independence Fire Department provides a home safety evaluation to all of its residents upon request. Firefighters will come to your home and inspect the premises for any fire hazards, as well as any potentially unsafe conditions that may exist.
A few of the many topics covered include:
- Having working smoke detectors on all levels of the home
- CO detectors located next to sleeping areas
- Having a home escape plan in the event of a fire
- Change your clock - Change your batteries
- Removing clutter from your basement and garage
- Trip and fall hazards
- Proper use of candles
- Keeping your chimney clean and free of creosote build up
Residents who present a recent receipt from a certified HVAC company stating that their furnace has been inspected and cleaned, will receive a free smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
Call the Fire Department at (216) 524-4001 for more information.