Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day BBQ Safety Tips

The Philadelphia OEM wants to wish everybody a happy and safe holiday. Many Memorial Day Weekend celebrations include a tasty barbecue, so be sure to stay safe around the grill. Follow these safety tips from the Philadelphia Fire Department.

BBQ Grill Safety Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide.
  • When in use, grills should be at least 15 feet from any structure and at least 3 feet from any combustible materials.
  • When purchasing a grill, select one that bears the approval mark of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Make a thorough inspection of the grill before each use. For propane grills, pay particular attention to connections and hoses. Look for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks.
  • Replace any damaged or corroded propane tanks.
  • Never store spare propane cylinders under or near a grill or inside the home.
  • Always store propane cylinders upright.
  • Do not transport propane cylinders in the trunk of a passenger vehicle.
  • Children should never be allowed to start outdoor cooking equipment.
  • Allow lighter fluid to penetrate charcoals for 5-10 minutes before lighting, this creates a smaller, controlled flame.
  • Once a fire has been started, never add starter fluid. Fire may follow the stream of fluid back to the container, causing an explosion and scattering flaming liquid.
  • Never use gasoline to start your fire.
  • Keep a small spray can of water handy to douse flaming grease.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing while cooking.
  • Always turn off valves when not in use.
  • Use caution in disposing of the ashes. Ashes may contain live coals, which can start a fire. The safest method is to wet ashes thoroughly with water before emptying the grill.
  • Also check the expiration date on your propane cylinder, tanks are only good for 12 years from the date of manufacture.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Philadelphia OEM Speaking after Amtrak 188 Derailment

Philadelphia OEM staff Noelle Foizen speaks about the incident and how the Philadelphia OEM works with other agencies such as the Philadelphia Fire Dept, Police Dept, hospitals, and others which assisted with this coordinated response.

Monday, April 20, 2015

See Something, Say Something

The Philadelphia Police Department Homeland Security Unit is always seeking information regarding suspicious activity and they need your help. Forward any information to them, no matter how insignificant it may appear:

If you see someone or something suspicious that may cause immediate life-threatening danger, report it to the nearest police or security officer, or call 9-1-1.

  • A suspicious person may be someone who is:
  • In an unauthorized area;
  • In the wrong place or appears lost;
  • Dressed in oversize clothing that appears to be concealing something; and
  • Not wearing company ID in a facility where a visible badge is required.

Suspicious activity may be a person who is:

  • Photographing, recording or sketching the exterior of a facility that would arouse suspicion beyond of a reasonable person;
  • Loitering and/or watching customers or employees;
  • Acting in a disorderly manner that alarms or disturbs others;
  • Demonstrating unusual interest in facilities, buildings or infrastructure beyond mere casual or professional interest;
  • Claiming to be a delivery person, contractor, law enforcement officer, reporter or service technician without proper identification;
  • Questioning individuals at a level beyond mere curiosity about particular facets of a facility;
  • Asking specific questions about key personnel;
  • Testing security interactions with or challenges to installations, personnel or systems that reveal physical , personnel or cyber security capabilities; and
  • Attempting to obtain or conduct training in security concepts or other unusual capabilities (military weapons or tactics).
Be able to provide a description of any potential persons involved. Avoid approaching anyone who appears outwardly dangerous or threatening.

A suspicious item or vehicle that may have:

  • Any unattended bag, box, container, luggage or package in a public or general area;
  • Tanks or bottles of chemicals;
  • Unidentified mist, gas, vapor or odor;
  • Liquids appearing to be leaking or seeping from suspicious items;
  • An unidentifiable object with visible wires, antennas, batteries, timing devices, pipes with the ends covered, etc.; and
  • Any visibly dangerous weapons or explosives.

Take note of the location of the suspicious item and vehicle license plate. Refrain from using any cellular or radio device within 50 feet of a suspicious item.

Monday, April 13, 2015

National Volunteer Week: Become a Volunteer

We all have a role to play in keeping Philadelphia safe and secure. This year, the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management honored the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team during National Volunteer Week for their work assisting pets and pet owners impacted by emergencies.

You can participate in the City's security by taking simple steps to be prepared for emergencies, getting trained in basic first-aid or volunteering to help local emergency response agencies.

Consider volunteering as a member of any of these agencies who are helping Philadelphia’s first responders prepare for emergencies:

  • American Red Cross, Eastern Pennsylvania Region
  • Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
  • Philadelphia County Animal Response Team
  • Philadelphia Fire Department
  • Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps
  • Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee
  • Philadelphia Town Watch Integrated Services
  • Red Paw Emergency Relief Team
  • The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia
  • Second Alarmers Association of Philadelphia
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters