Safety Tips

February 8, 2016 - Prevent Scalds

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February 8, 2016 - Hot Liquids

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February 8, 2016 - 62% Of All Burns

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February 8, 2016 - Checklist To Prevent Scald Burns

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February 8, 2016 - Prevent Scalds

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July 1, 2015 - Fireworks Safety Tips

June 16, 2015 - Omaha Professional Fire Fighters CWS Safety Checklist

June 11, 2015 - CWS Public Safety Checklist

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March 4, 2015 - Change Clocks – Replace Batteries

December 12, 2014 - Holiday Safety PSA

November 21, 2014 - Thanksgiving Safety Tip #5

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November 21, 2014 - Thanksgiving Safety Tip #4

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November 21, 2014 - Thanksgiving Safety Tip #3

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October 27, 2014 - Don’t Let Your Halloween Be Haunted by Fire

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October 9, 2014 - October 2014 – Breast Cancer Awareness

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July 30, 2014 - Texting & Driving


June 26, 2014 - Fireworks Safety Tips

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May 25, 2014 - Tornado Safety Tips


March 7, 2014 - Change Your Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries for Daylight Saving Time

Smoke AlarmsTwo-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association reminds you to not only change your clock for Daylight Saving Time but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.

“Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years,” says Captain Trevor Towey. Special smoke alarms are even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.

The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Research has also demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call to 9-1-1.

Your local fire fighters recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of your home.

“You should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a month,” says Towey. Carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous and will increase the intensity of a fire if ignited.

More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm that works 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of survival if your home catches on fire.

February 14, 2014 - Keeping Your Heart Healthy

fb-tabAs the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Staying active and improving healthy eating habits during American Heart Month this February – and going forward – can help increase public health nationwide and prevent heart attack and disease from happening to you and your loved ones.

Coronary heart disease is caused by plaque build-up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart and can result in heart attack, angina, heart failure and arrhythmias. Heart disease in the United States costs approximately $312.6 billion annually, including lost productivity, health care and medications.

Fire fighters respond to cardiac events and know firsthand the survivability rate due to cardiovascular events. “Hundreds of thousands of people die every year from heart attacks,” says Steve LeClair, a fire fighter with Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF L385.

The nature of the job also puts fire fighters at greater risk for cardiovascular disease. “Because of the physical demands of the job, fire fighters must stay healthy and physically fit,” says LeClair. “Annual medical and physical exams are critical ways to prevent and reduce heart attacks and heart disease. Regular exercise, eating a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol are all great ways to reduce your risk.”

The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF L385 encourages you to keep the following Center for Disease Control tips in mind to help prevent heart disease:

  • Eat a healthy diet. A heart healthy diet includes beans, fibrous fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
  • Quit smoking. Cigarette smoke greatly increases risk for heart diseases
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity – at least 30-60 minutes, three times a week – can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Heart Attack Symptoms
There are five major symptoms of a heart attack. If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

  1. Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
  2. Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
  3. Chest pain or discomfort
  4. Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
  5. Shortness of breath

Remember to immediately call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. For more information about heart health, visit

January 7, 2014 - Omaha Fire Fighters Recommend Creating an Emergency Plan

Home Safety PlanDisasters can take many forms – home fires, hurricanes, floods or earthquakes – and they can strike anywhere, at any time.

“Before a disaster strikes, it’s important for families to have a plan. If you don’t already have one, make it your New Year’s resolution. Include how to get to a safe place, how to contact each other, how you will get back together and what you will do in different situations,” says Trevor Towey of the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a plan template available at

The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association suggests using the following guidelines to create a personalized home emergency plan for you and your family:

  • Discuss the types of disasters, such as tornado or flood, that are most likely to occur and the best ways to respond.
  • Establish meeting places inside and outside your home, as well as outside the neighborhood.
  • Make sure everyone knows when and how to contact each other if separated.
  • Decide on the best escape routes from your home and identify two ways out of each room.
  • Establish an out-of-town family contact to call after the disaster to let them know where you are and if you are okay. Make sure everyone knows the contact’s phone number.
  • Save emergency telephone numbers in and near phones.
  • Teach your children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local EMS number for help.
  • Show each family member how to use a fire extinguisher (ABC type) and have a central place to keep it. Check it each year.
  • Install smoke detectors (on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms). Towey  recommends  using a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector and upgrading to a photoelectric smoke detector, which is more effective for warning of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke detectors.
  • Stock emergency supplies, such as food, water and medications and assemble a disaster supply kit with sufficient quantities to last for at least 72 hours. Store your supplies in a dry, cool place and be sure to include flashlights, batteries and a radio.
  • Learn basic first aid. At the very least, each family member should know CPR, how to help someone who is choking and first aid for severe bleeding and shock. The American Red Cross offers basic training.
  • Conduct a home hazard hunt. In a disaster, ordinary items in the home can cause injury and damage. Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire is a potential hazard. Take time now to look around your home for potential hazards and correct any potentially dangerous situations.


November 28, 2013 - Thanksgiving Safety Tip #2


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