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Your first priority in a fire is to evacuate the premises.
Smoke inhalation is the most common cause of injury and death when there is a fire.
Chances of surviving a fire are twice as good with a working smoke detector.
Crawling is the safest way to exit a building if smoke is present. It is recommended to stay within 1 to 2 feet of the floor to avoid carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes.
If the power goes out, it is recommended that candles be used instead of flashlights or lanterns that required batteries.
In a power outage it is recommended that all appliances and electronics be turned off or disconnected to avoid damage from potential momentary surges or spikes when the power returns.
Factors that can affect the body's ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather include older age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, some prescription drugs and alcohol use.
Drinking liquids with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar cause a person to lose more body fluid and should be avoided during extremely hot weather.
A heat stroke occurs when a person is unable to regulate its body temperature, the body temperature rises rapidly and the person's sweating mechanism fails.
Heat stroke can cause permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. 911 must be called immediately while quickly beginning to cool the person.
Signs of heat stroke include high body temperature; red, hot, dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; unconsciousness.
A thunderstorm watch means a severe thunderstorm has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
During a thunderstorm it is recommended that the use of electrical equipment including televisions be avoided.
If caught outdoors in a thunderstorm, it is recommended that a person lie flat on the ground away from tall trees, fences, telephone lines or power lines.
A tornado warning is issued when tornadoes are possible and to remind everyone to remain alert for approaching storms.
The safest place to be in a tornado is a windowless, interior room in the lowest level of the building or in a basement under a piece of sturdy furniture.
In a flood, moving water 6 inches deep can sweep a person off their feet.
If a person's car stalls in flooded water, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground. Do not attempt to move stalled vehicles.
The primary concerns in winter storms are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
Hypothermia is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The symptoms including uncontrolled shivering, slow speech, memory lapses, frequent stumbling, drowsiness, and exhaustion.