Neighborhood Watch - Berwyn Police Department


Neighborhood Watch - Berwyn Police Department
Neighborhood Watch
Chief of Police James Ritz
Dear Resident,
With springtime finally upon us, I’d like to thank every Berwyn resident
for being a good neighbor during February’s blizzard. The simple acts of
checking on your neighbors, shoveling the area around the fire hydrant
on your block and moving your vehicles during the cleanup effort make
a significant positive impact on the well being of this community.
Ways to Make Kids Safer
page 2
Keeping Your Children
Safe Online
page 3
Scam Watch
page 4
Prom Night Safety
page 5
Understanding Teen
Dating Violence
page 6
Think that underage
drinking doesn’t affect a
teen’s brain? Think Again.
page 7
Green Thumbs
Against Crime
page 8
Upcoming Events
page 9
Get Ready
page 10
Ponse Listos
page 11
Community Event
page 12
On Wednesday, April 29th, we will be continuing our “Prevention
through Education” series of City-wide meetings at 7PM at Heritage
Middle School (6850 W. 31st Street). The topic for this meeting is fire safety. In the past year,
fire has claimed the lives of two Berwyn residents, and another remains in critical condition.
You may be surprised to learn that fire is much more dangerous now than it was only a few
decades ago. The synthetic materials that make up most modern household products burn
hotter and produce a toxic smoke that reduces the amount of time that a person has to safely
evacuate a building affected by fire. Representatives from the Berwyn Fire Department will
share videos, first-hand accounts and helpful information for you to share with your friends,
family and neighbors to properly prevent and react to fires.
I wish everyone a safe and mild spring, and look forward to seeing you at the City-wide meeting on April 29th!
Estimado Residentes,
Como la primavera se aproxima, me gustaría darle las gracias a todos los residentes de Berwyn
por ser buenos vecinos durante la tormenta de nieve de febrero. Los simples hechos de revisar
a sus vecinos, palear el área alrededor de la boca de riego de fuegos en su cuadra y mover
sus vehículos durante los días de limpieza, hacen un impacto positivo en el bienestar de esta
El miércoles, 29 de abril vamos a continuar nuestra serie de reuniones de toda la ciudad “Prevención a través de la Educación” a las 7PM en la Escuela Heritage Middle School (6850 W.
31st Street). El tema de esta reunión es la seguridad contra incendios. El año pasado, un incendio tomo la vida de dos residentes de Berwyn, y otro permanece en estado crítico. Es posible
que se sorprenda al saber que incendios son mucho más peligrosos de lo que eran hace sólo
unas décadas. Los materiales sintéticos que componen la mayoría de productos modernos
para el hogar queman más caliente y producen un humo tóxico que reduce la cantidad de
tiempo que una persona tiene para evacuar de forma segura un edificio afectado por el incendio. Representantes del Departamento de Bomberos de Berwyn compartirán videos, relatos
de primera mano e información útil para que usted compartan con sus amigos, familiares y
vecinos para prevenir y reaccionar ante los incendios correctamente.
¡Les deseo a todos una primavera leve y segura, y espero verlos en la reunión de toda la ciudad el 29 de abril!
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Ways to Make Kids Safer
May 25th is Missing Children’s Day, and as always the Berwyn Police Department
encourages you to “Take 25” minutes out of your day to speak with your children
about safety. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has the following tips to promote safety with your family, and be sure to check out the
online safety information on the next page as well.
At Home
• Teach children their full name, address and home telephone
number. Make sure they know your full name and how to
reach you at work or on your cell phone.
• Teach children how and when to call 911, and make sure
they have a trusted adult to call if they’re scared or have an
• Instruct children to keep doors locked and not to open
doors to talk to anyone when they are home alone.
• Choose babysitters with care. Ask children about their experiences and listen carefully to their responses.
• Pledge to Take 25 minutes out of your day on May 25th to
talk to children about safety and encourage others to do the
• Create teachable moments—devote dinner time or drive
time to talk with children about safety.
• Practice “what if” situations with children to help prepare them to handle an uncomfortable situation.
• Engage the entire family by discussing family rules and review Safety Tips with children.
Out and About
• Walkordrivetheroutetoandfromschoolwithchildren,pointingoutlandmarksandsafeplacestogoiftheyneedhelp.
• Remindchildrennottoplayaloneoutside,totakeafriendwhenevertheywalkorbiketoschoolandtostaywithagroup
when going on outings.
• Takechildrenonawalkingtouroftheneighborhood.Tellthemwhosehomestheymayvisitwithoutyou.
• Teachchildrentoaskpermissionbeforeleavinghome.
• RemindchildrenitisOKtosaynotoanythingmakingthemfeelscared,uncomfortableorconfused.Teachchildrento
tell you if anything or anyone makes them feel this way.
• Teachchildrentoneverapproachavehicle,occupiedornot,unlesstheyareaccompaniedbyaparentorothertrusted
• CautionchildrennevertoacceptaridefromanyoneunlessyouhavetoldthemitisOKtodosoineachinstance.
• Teachchildrentocheckinwithyouifthereisachangeofplans.
• Establishacentral,easy-to-locatespotduringfamilyoutingstomeetshouldyouget
• Teach children how to locate help in public places. Identify people they can ask for
help such as uniformed law enforcement/security guards and store clerks with
• Helpchildrenlearntorecognizeandavoidpotentialriskssotheycanaddress
them if they happen.
• Teachchildrenifanyonetriestograbthem,theyshouldmakeasceneandmake
every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting.
• Encouragereligiousinstitutions,libraries,andotherfamilyfriendlyvenuesto
incorporate safety messaging into its youth programs.
Keeping your children safe online
The Internet has drastically changed the way that children interact with the world. They have access to in-depth knowledge,
tools to express their creativity, and people from all over the
world. Yet along with offering a fascinating, new way to connect
with the world, the Internet also offers new risks such as cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate material, online predators
and revealing too much personal information.
The following are tips from the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children that you can employ no matter how your
children use the internet.
• Keepthecomputerinahigh-trafficareaofyourhome.
• Establishlimitsforwhichonlinesiteschildrenmayvisitand
for how long.
• SurftheInternetwithyourchildrenandletthemshowyou
what they like to do online.
• Knowwhoisconnectingwithyourchildrenonlineandset
rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
• Continuallydialoguewithyourchildrenaboutonlinesafety.
Start a discussion with your child:
• Whatareyourfavoritethingstodoonline?
• Whatispersonalinformation?Whyshouldyoukeepitprivate?
• Whatcouldyoudotobesaferonline?
• Whatwouldyoudoifanyoneonlineaskedtomeetyouface-to-face?
• Besidesme,whodoyoufeelthatyoucantalktoifyouareinascaryoruncomfortablesituation?
Also consider what your children are doing on their cell phones and mobile devices:
• Establishrulesforwhentheyareallowedtousetheircellphone,whatwebsitestheycanvisit,andwhatappstheycan
• Reviewcellphonerecordsforanyunknownnumbersandlatenightphonecallsand
• Remindyourchildrenthatanythingtheysendfromtheirphonescanbeeasilyforwarded and shared.
• Teachyourchildnevertorevealcellphonenumbersorpasswordsonline.
• Talktoyourchildaboutthepossibleconsequencesofsendingsexuallyexplicitor
provocative images or text messages.
• Whenshoppingforacellphoneforyourchild,researchthesecuritysettingsthatare
The more often you talk with your children about their online safety, the easier it will
get. Here’s some cell phone-related conversation starters:
• Whatfeaturesdoyouuseonyourcellphone?Couldyoushowmehowtousethem?
• Haveyouevergottenatextfromsomeoneyoudonotknow?Ifso,whatdidyoudo
• Haveyoueversentatextthatwasrudeormean?
• Howmanynumbersdoyouhavestoredinyourphone?Doyouknowthemallin
• Hasanyoneevertakenanembarrassingpictureofyouwithoutyourpermission?
• Haveyouevertakenanembarrassingpictureofsomeoneelse?Whatdidyoudowithit?
• Haveyouevertalkedwithsomeoneyoufirstmetonlineonyourcellphone?
• Whatwouldyoudoifsomeonesentyouatextorpicturethatwasinappropriate?
on the rise
You get a call.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the government
agency that collects federal taxes.
The caller might
give a badge
number and know
the last four digits
of your Social
Security number.
you to send
them money.
You owe us
Your caller ID might
show it’s the IRS
You are told:
“you owe money.”
“you better pay now,
or you’ll be arrested.”
Complaints by Month
received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
“put money on a prepaid
debit card or wire it to us. ”
If you pay...
You find out it
wasn’t the IRS.
It was a scam.
The money is gone.
Don’t give the caller information
such as your financial or other personal information.
How will the IRS first contact you?
phone call
Write down details
such as the number and name of the caller.
Hang up
Contact the IRS directly
If you’re worried the call is real, contact the IRS directly
at 800-829-1040 or go to
Report the call
File a complaint with:
How will the IRS ask you to pay?
with a prepaid
debit card
with a money
won’t require a specific
type of payment
• the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
(TIGTA) at or 800-366-4484.
• the FTC at or 877-FTC-HELP.
Warn friends and family
Tell people you know that these calls are scams.
Federal Trade Commission
January 2015
Prom Night Safety
Prom is a night of celebration, dancing and fun, and is a night that you will
remember for the rest of your life. How do you want to remember yours?
Tips for Teens
• Planaheadtomakesureyouhaveasafeplanforpromnight.
• Discussyourplanswithyourparents.Keepthemupdatedthroughoutthenight,andcontactthemifyour
plans change.
• Asalways,stayawayfromdrugsandalcohol.Youalreadyknowthatthey’reillegal,you’reawareofthe
damage they can cause to your health, and you know how terribly they can impair your judgment. Don’t
risk an arrest, injury or worse!
• Beagoodexampleforyourfriends,anddon’tletthemdrinkanddrive.Discussyourplanswiththem,
and encourage each other to make the right choices.
• Donotacceptanydrinksfrompeopleyoudon’tknow–pourthemyourselfifpossible.Ifyoubecome
separated from your drink, discard it and get a new one.
• Don’tleaveyourpossessionsunattended.
• Havearesponsiblepersonavailablefortransportationforasaferidehomeorincaseofanemergency.
• Remembertochargeyourcellphoneandkeepitwithyouatalltimes.
• Trustyourinstincts–ifyoufeelendangeredoruncomfortable,leaveimmediately!
Tips for Parents
• Makesurethatyourchildhasasafeplanforthenight.Talkwiththemaboutthedangersofdrugs,alcohol
and impaired driving.
• Knowwhoyourchildisattendingthepromwithandobtaintheircellphonenumbers.Gettoknowtheir
parents and discuss the pre/post prom activities.
• Setrulesandacurfew,anddiscusstheconsequencesofviolatingthoserules
• Ifyourchildistravelingbylimousine,makesurethatitisareputablecompanythatwillnotallowaperson to bring, serve or introduce alcohol in the vehicle.
• Ifyourchildistravelinginsomeoneelse’svehicle,knowwhoisdrivingandhowmanypassengerswill
be in the car. Limit the number of passengers to increase safety and reduce distractions.
• Know the location of any post-prom parties that your child may be attending and who is sponsoring
• Ifyourchild’splanschange,confirmthechangewiththeparentsofotherchildreninhisorhergroup.
• Remindyourchildrenthatyouarethereforthem!
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Understanding Teen Dating Violence
Dating violence is a type of intimate partner violence. It occurs between two people in a close relationship. The nature of
dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual.
• Physical—This occurs when a partner is pinched, hit, shoved, slapped, punched, or kicked.
• Psychological/Emotional—This means threatening a partner or harming his or her sense
of self-worth. Examples include name calling, shaming, bullying, embarrassing on purpose, or keeping him/her away from friends and family.
• Sexual—This is forcing a partner to engage in a sex act when he or she does not or
cannot consent. This can be physical or nonphysical, like threatening to spread
rumors if a partner refuses to have sex.
• Stalking—This refers to a pattern of harassing or threatening tactics that are
unwanted and cause fear in the victim.
Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated
texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think
some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into
more serious forms of violence.
Dating violence is a widespread issue that had serious long-term and shortterm effects. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends
and family.
• Amongadultvictimsofrape,physicalviolence,and/orstalkingbyanintimate partner, 22% of women and 15% of men first experienced some form
of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.
• Approximately9%ofhighschoolstudentsreportbeinghit,slapped,orphysicallyhurtonpurposebyaboyfriendor
girlfriend in the 12 months before surveyed.
How does dating violence affect health?
Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Youth who are victims are more likely to experience
symptoms of depression and anxiety, engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol, or exhibit
antisocial behaviors and think about suicide. Youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for
victimization during college.
Who is at risk for dating violence?
Factors that increase risk for harming a dating partner include:
• Beliefthatdatingviolenceisacceptable
• Depression,anxiety,andothertraumasymptoms
• Aggressiontowardspeersandotheraggressivebehavior
• Substanceuse
• Earlysexualactivityandhavingmultiplesexualpartners
• Havingafriendinvolvedindatingviolence
• Conflictwithpartner
• Witnessingorexperiencingviolenceinthehome
How can we prevent dating violence?
The ultimate goal is to stop dating violence before it starts. Strategies that promote healthy relationships are vital. During the
preteen and teen years, young people are learning skills they need to form positive relationships with others. This is an ideal
time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of dating violence that can last into adulthood.
Think that underage drinking doesn’t
affect a teen’s brain? Think again.
New research shows that alcohol affects a teenager’s developing brain differently than an
adult’s. Memory, learning and impulse control can be seriously impaired, and the risk of
addiction goes up dramatically. The most effective parenting techniques in combating underage drinking are often the simplest, and these can include:
Alcohol Consumption by Youth in Illinois
Underage drinking is widespread in Illinois. Approximately 553,000 underage customers in Illinois drink each year. In
2009, Illinois students in grades 9-12 reported:
Illinois is ranked fifteenth in the nation based on the percentage of alcohol that is consumed underage. By staying involved
in our children’s lives and dissuading them from consuming alcohol, we can help to reduce the violence, poor academic
performance, sexual promiscuity, traffic deaths, addiction and other harmful behaviors associated with underage drinking.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that drinking is a rite of passage, it’s a crime for the underage, and should only be used
responsibly by adults.
¿Cree que la bebida entre menores no afecta el cerebro de un
adolescente? Piense otra vez.
Nuevas investigaciones demuestran que el alcohol afecta el desarrollo del cerebro de un adolescente diferente que la de un
adulto. La memoria, el aprendizaje y el control de los impulsos pueden ser seriamente deteriorados, y el riesgo de adicción
sube dramáticamente. La técnica de padres más efectiva para luchar contra el consumo de alcohol de menores, muchas
veces son las más sencillas y esto puede incluir:
Consumo de alcohol por la Juventud en Illinois
Consumir alcohol es muy prevalente en Illinois. Aproximadamente 553,000 clientes menores de edad en Illinois beben
cada año. En 2009, los estudiantes de Illinois de grados 9-12 informaron:
Illinois ocupa el puesto quince en la nación basado en el porcentaje de alcohol que se consume por menores de edad. Al
permanecer involucrados en las vidas de nuestros hijos y desanimarlos de consumir alcohol, podemos ayudar a reducir
la violencia, reducir desempeño académico bajo, la promiscuidad sexual, muertes de accidentes de tráfico, la adicción y
otros comportamientos perjudicial asociados con el consumo de alcohol por menores.
No te engañes pensando que la bebida es un rito de paso, es un crimen para el menor de edad, y sólo debe
utilizarse responsablemente por adultos.
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Green Thumbs against Crime
Spring is the season for gardening, but did you know
that the landscape of your home could help in the fight
against crime? By placing natural barriers and increasing the visibility of your property, you make a criminal’s job harder; and if the risk outweighs the reward,
he or she is less likely to target your home. Below are a
few suggestions for landscaping with crime prevention
in mind:
Groundcover plants, including annual and semiannual
flowering plants should be used within 6’ of walkways,
and their height should not exceed two feet in height.
Shrubbery should be used between six and twelve feet
from the walkway, and should not exceed three feet in
height. Criminals can often hide behind shrubbery, so
make sure to keep free-standing plants well-trimmed.
Placing sharp shrubbery or barrier plants beneath windows can sometimes deter criminals. If used, make
sure that they are trimmed a minimum of six inches
below the window line.
Small landscaping rocks or gravel under windows or
near entryways create noise when they are stepped on.
Criminals try very hard to remain undetected, and the
noise from rocks and gravel might be the difference
between your home being targeted or avoided.
The lowest foliage from trees should not be less than
seven feet from the ground, and branches should be no
closer than six feet from buildings. This will discourage
criminals from using them as climbing aids to access
the higher windows in your home.
Consider the addition of more lighting around your
property. Motion lights, solar pathway lights and timed
exterior lighting make it easier to identify suspicious
people in your neighborhood, and can discourage
them from even approaching your home.
These are small changes that help to keep your home
safe and looking great. Talk with your neighbors about
the changes you are making, and encourage them to
do the same!
Upcoming Events
March 12, 2015
The Berwyn Park District and the South Berwyn School District
100 Wellness Committee present the 8th Annual Health
and Wellness Fair. Walk through the Wellness Fair and gain
information for children and family members with a variety
of resources and information on health, wellness and safety
topics. The event will entail exhibitor booths, free screenings
and a variety of demonstrations throughout the evening.
Time: 5:00–8:00pm
Location: HeritageMiddleSchool&EmersonGym
March 17, 2015
Lunch includes: Corned beef sandwich,
pickles, chips, cole slaw, Irish soda bread and dessert.
Fresh hot coffee, tea and lemonade will be served.
Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Age: 55+
Location: Berwyn Recreation Center,
6501 W. 31st Street
Fee: Resident - FREE, non-resident - $6.00
RSVP: 708-788-2010
The Berwyn Park District, Berwyn Recreation Department,
and the North Berwyn Park District will host its popular East
Egg Hunt! Race for some eggs and have your child’s photo
take with the Easter Bunny!
30,000 candy and prize
filled eggs! Bring your basket
to collect eggs.
April 3, 2015
April 4, 2015
Time: 10:00am (sharp)
Age: 0-10 yrs
Location: Morton West High School Field
Fee: Non-perishable food item or $1 to be donated to the
C.B.S. Anti-Hunger Foundation
Time: 10:00am (sharp)
Age: All ages
Location: Jefferson Field,
16th & Wenonah
Fee: Free
April 4, 2015
Parade Route: Hop down 16th St. from Jefferson Field to NBPD Community Center,
1619 Wesley Ave. and join the Easter Eggstravaganza.
Senior Spring Fling Luncheon
Lunch menu to be determined
Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Age: 55+
Location: Berwyn Recreation Center,
6501 W. 31st Street
Fee: Resident - FREE, non-resident - $6.00
RSVP: 708-788-2010
Fee: Free
April 18, 2015
April 15, 2015
Age: All Ages
2015 E A
Time: 10:30am
Help us beautify South Berwyn! Cleaning
up around every school & park, preparing
for this season’s planting and making a difference
in the community by working together. All
volunteers need to meet in the Heritage Middle
School Multi-Purpose Room, 6850 W. 31st
Street at 9:00am. A special lunch will take place at Heritage Middle School
after the clean up, as thank you to the volunteers.
Time: 9:00am
Location: Heritage Middle School, 6850 W. 31st Street
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Get Ready
Home Fires
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds.
Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning—a home fire escape plan
that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
• Installsmokealarmsoneverylevelofthehomeandoutsideeachsleepingarea.Forthebestprotection,installinterconnected smoke alarms in each bedroom and throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
• Testalarmsonceamonth.Changebatteriesatleastonceayear.Replacealarmseverytenyears.
• Considerinstallingsmokealarmswitha“long-life”(10-year)battery.Thesealarmsmustbetestedonceamonth.
• Considerinstallingaresidentialautomaticfiresprinklersystem.
• Planandpracticeyourfamily’sescaperoute.Makesureeveryroomhastwowaysout.Makesurealldoorsandwindows
easily from the inside. Remember to plan for your pets.
• Neveruseflammableliquidsinsideandstoretheminapprovedcontainersinwell-ventilatedareas.Safelydiscardall
• Inspectyourchimneyregularly.Clearanybranchesanddebrisfromthechimneyarea.Makesureyourchimneyisat
least three feet taller than the roof, insulated, and equipped with spark arresters on top.
• Keepspaceheatersatleastthreefeetfromcombustiblesandawayfromopenflames.
• Keepmatchesandlightersuphigh,awayfromchildren’ssightandreach.
• Ifyousmoke,smokeoutside.Uselargedeep,sturdyashtrays.
• Stayinthekitchenwhenyouarefrying,grilling,orbroilingfood.Ifyouleavethekitchenforevenashortperiodof
time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home
while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
• Haveanelectriciancheckandmaintainthewiringinyourbuilding.Inspectcordsforfrayedorexposedwiringand
loose plugs. Do not run wires or cords under rugs, over nails, or across high-traffic areas. Do not overload extension
cords. Make sure insulation does not touch bare electrical wiring.
• Inspectandcleandryerfiltersandexhaustfrequently.
• Getoutandstayout.Callthefiredepartmentfromoutsidethehomeanddonotreturnintothebuildinguntilfirefighters
give the okay.
• Iffireorsmokeblocksyourescaperoute,useyoursecondwayout.Ifyoumustpassthroughsmoke,getlowandgo
under the smoke and close doors behind you.
• Ifyouneedtoopenacloseddoor,feelthedoor.Ifit’shot,useyoursecondwayout.
• Ifsmoke,heat,orflamespreventyoufromexitingaroom,keepthedoorclosed,callforhelpandwaitbythewindow
for rescue.
• Evacuateimmediatelyifyoudetectheatorsmokeinafire-damagedbuilding.
• Ifyouareatenant,contactthelandlord.
• Ifyouhaveasafeorstrongbox,waitseveralhoursbeforeopeningit.Itcanholdintenseheatandifyouopenitbefore
• Ifyoumustleaveyourhomeafterafirebecausethebuildinginspectorhasdeemeditunsafe,asksomeoneyoutrust
to watch the property in your absence.
These safety tips have been brought to you by Battalion Chief Mario J. Manfredini
“Fire is Everyone’s Fight!”
Ponse Listos
Incendios en el hogar
El fuego puede esparcirse rápidamente en su hogar, dándole sólo dos minutos para escapar de manera segura una vez que
suena la alarma. Su habilidad para escapar depende de la advertencia temprana de las alarmas de humo y de la planificación anticipada—un plan de escape de incendio con el que todos los miembros de su casa estén familiarizados y que
hayan puesto en práctica.
• Instalealarmasdehumoencadaniveldesuviviendayfueradecadaáreadedormitorios.Paraunamejorprotección,
instale alarmas de humo interconectadas en cada dormitorio y en toda su casa. Cuando una suena, todas lo hacen.
• Pruebelasalarmasunavezalmes.Renuevelasbateríasalmenosunavezalaño.Reemplacelasalarmascadadiezaños.
• Considerelainstalacióndealarmasdehumoconbaterías“largavida”(bateríascon10añosdevidaútil).Estasalarmas
deben ser probadas una vez al mes.
• Considerelainstalacióndeunsistemaderociadoresautomáticosresidencial.
• Planifiqueypractiquelarutadeescapedesufamilia.Asegúresequecadahabitacióntengadossalidas.Asegúreseque
todas las puertas y ventanas se abran fácilmente. Considere la instalación de escaleras de incendio para los pisos superiores y asegúrese que las barras de seguridad de sus puertas y ventanas se abran con facilidad desde el interior.
• Nuncautilicelíquidosinflamablesenelinterioryalmacénelosencontenedoresaprobadosenáreasbienventiladas.
contenedor metálico.
• Inspeccionesuchimeneademaneraregular.Remuevatodaramaoescombrodeláreadelachimenea.Asegúreseque
su chimenea tenga al menos tres pies más de altura que el techo, que se encuentre aislada y equipada con parachispas
en su parte superior.
• Mantengaloscalentadoresambientalesalmenosatrespiesdedistanciadematerialescombustiblesylejosdellamas
• Mantengafósforosyencendedoresenlugaresaltos,lejosdelavistayalcancedelosniños.
• Permanezcaenlacocinamientrasestáfriendo,asando,ohirviendocomida.Sidesatiendelacocinaaunqueseaporun
corto período de tiempo, apaguela hornalla. Si está cocinando a fuego lento u horneando comida, revísela de manera
regular, permanezca en su casa mientras la comida se cocina, y utilice un temporizador para recordarle que la hornalla
o el horno están encendidos.
• Hagaqueunelectricistacontroleymantengaloscableadosdesuedificio.Controlecablesrotosoexpuestosyenchufes
sueltos. No pase cables por debajo de alfombras, por encima de clavos, ni por áreas de tráfico intenso. No sobrecargue
prolongadores. Asegúrese que el aislamiento no toque los alambres desnudos.
• Salgayquédeseafuera.Llamealdepartamentodebomberosdesdeafueradelacasaynovuelvaaledificiohastaque
los bomberos lo permitan.
• Sielfuegooelhumodeunincendiobloqueansurutadeescape,usesusegundasalida.Sidebeatravesarelhumo,
agáchese, pase por debajo del humo y cierre las puertas detrás suyo.
• Sinecesitaabrirunapuertacerrada,sientalapuerta.Siestácaliente,usesusegundasalida.
• Sielhumo,elcalorolasllamasnolepermitensalirdeunahabitación,mantengalapuertacerrada,pidaayudayespere
a ser rescatado en la ventana.
• Evacueinmediatamentesidetectacalorohumoenunedificiodañadoporelfuego.
• Siesinquilino,comuníqueseconelpropietario.
• Sitieneunacajadeseguridadocajafuerte,esperevariashorasantesdeabrirla.Podríaconservarcalorintensoysila
abriera antes de enfriarse por completo, los contenidos podrían estallar en llamas.
• Sidebedejarsucasaluegodeunincendioporqueelinspectordeledificioloconsiderainseguro,pídaleaalguiendesu
confianza que cuide la propiedad en su ausencia.
Estas notas de seguridad han sido traido por el Jefe de Batallon Mario J. Manfredini.
“Fuego es la pelea de todos!”

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