October is national Preparednerss Month

Stay Safe in Storms

As You Weather the Storm

Stay safe. Stay indoors until you are told by local officials that it is safe to go outside.

Let first responders do their job. Stay off the roads, beaches, and waterways. Use VHF Channel 16 or call 911 for emergency needs.

Text, don’t call. During an emergency, phone lines may be overwhelmed. To let your loved ones know you are safe, send a text instead.

Save power. If the power goes out, turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage. Only use a generator or other fuel-powered device outdoors and away from doors, windows, and vents. 

Stay out of Flood Water

Flood water poses drowning risks for everyone, regardless of their swimming ability. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children.

Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. They can be swept away or stall in moving water. Avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water. As little as 6 inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and 2 feet of water can cause your car to be swept away. Turn around, don't drown!®

Beware of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breath it in. CO comes from burning fuels such as gasoline, propane, natural gas, charcoal, and wood.

Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or other devices that burn fuel inside a home, basement, garage, tent, or camper. Keep them outside, at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.

Every home should have at least one working carbon monoxide detector. Check the batteries often to protect yourself and your loved ones from CO.

Exposure to CO can cause loss of consciousness and death. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms. If you suspect someone has CO poisoning, call 911 or your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or consult a health care professional right away.

Contact Us                                   Brookfield health Department

                                                       100 Pocono Road

                                                       Phone: 203-775-7315