Precautions Needed for Fire Hazards

first_imgThe provincial fire marshal is asking Nova Scotians to be extra careful with open flames and other sources of heat while they are without power. The following are tips to help identify potential safety risks: — Candle use: Using candles is not recommended, but if you must use them, make sure they are properly supported — use a non-combustible container that is larger than the candle. Keep materials at least two feet away from candles. Extinguish any candles before leaving the room. — Portable appliances: Put the correct fuel in appliances like Coleman stoves or oil lamps. Substituting fuels is extremely dangerous. Propane and liquid camp stoves are for outdoor use only. Space heaters create carbon monoxide. Ensure they are used in rooms with good ventilation and placed on a flat hard surface to prevent tipping. Do not leave the units unattended. If using a portable, unvented kerosene heater, it is vital to open a window one inch or keep a door ajar to another room to provide safe ventilation, especially if the room is less than 150 sq. ft. — Extension cords: Do not attempt to run extension cords from a house that has electrical power to one that doesn’t. This can place both houses in danger of an electrical fire and is dangerous to repair crews. — Generators: Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors away from doors, windows and vent openings. They should be placed so that exhaust fumes cannot enter the home through windows, doors or other building openings. Generators must be certified and connected to the electrical system of a house by a construction electrician. They should be used to power equipment such as lights, portable electric heaters and a water pump and other equipment that may be connected directly by plug to the generator. — Smoke detectors: Ensure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and alarms have fresh batteries and are working properly. Remember, electric-powered devices do not work when the power is out. — Check appliances: Check stoves and other heating equipment to make sure that it is turned off. When electrical power is restored, a stove or other heating device can cause a fire if it is not attended. As always, if you have an emergency call 911. -30-last_img read more

Brock grads build Habitat home

By Becky Henderson, BBA ’13 candidateBrock alumni, Jennifer Barton (BTS ’10), Erin MacNeil (BSc ’00), Christina Bosilo (BA ’03), and Jeff Capel (BPhEd ’06), in the Philippines with Habitat for Humanity.Five Brock alumni did not hesitate to say yes when they heard about the opportunity to go on a Habitat for Humanity build in the Philippines.Shylo Pruyn (BA ’05)On March 21, Erin MacNeil (BSc ’00), Christina Bosilo (BA ’03), Jennifer Barton (BTS ’10), Jeff Capel (BPhEd ’06) and Shylo Pruyn (BA ’05) arrived in Los Banõs, Laguna where they stayed at Trace College. This location was a 45-minute bus ride from their build site in Calauan, Laguna, where they worked on townhouses in a community construction atmosphere. The crew consisted of the five Brock alumni as well as 13 other people from across Canada. They, alongside local families who had benefited from earlier Habitat for Humanity builds, built 11 houses in seven-and-a-half days.For some alumni, like Jennifer Barton, it was the first Habitat build. Barton caught the travel bug after going on an exchange to North Carolina. When she heard about the trip from Christine Bosilo, a fellow alumna, Brock employee and crewmember, she could not pass up the experience.“Participating in this Habitat for Humanity/Global Village build in the Philippines was an amazing experience,” said Barton. “Our team, the home partners and everyone at the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the Philippines made my first build one to remember. I can’t wait to see where my next build takes me.”Other alumni have experienced similar trips and could not wait to jump back on the bandwagon. Capel has travelled to El Salvador with Habitat before, and when Bosilo told him about the trip to the Philippines, he knew he was ready to travel with Habitat again.“If this is something you’re interested in, then just go for it,” said Capel. “If you want to do it, then do it. Taking a vacation to help others adds extra meaning to your trip.”Although there were some brushes with heat stroke, the good definitely outweighed the bad. In addition to getting to experience a new culture, Brock alumni crewmembers will forever have the memories of the hard-working families and vibrant children they met.For more information on Habitat for Humanity and Global Village visit habitat.ca or habitatglobalvillage.ca read more