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Fire Safety 101: Evacuation

Posted on: February 13th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Blog-3---EvacEven though National Preparedness Month is in September, it’s a great idea to discuss how you and your family can be prepared for an evacuation during a forest fire. You can always be prepared for the worst and it helps to test yourself to be ready in case of natural disaster or emergency.  LA Medical would like to educate you and your family on how you can become prepared and what you or a loved one can do to be ready with their home medical equipment.

The National Preparedness Coalition Community is based online and they connect on emergency preparedness.  The focus is to get you, your family, your friends and your neighborhood prepared to live in or evacuate your homes in the event of a natural disaster.

Since you may have home medical equipment such as power wheelchairs or manual wheelchairs, it may take additional time to gather things in case you have to evacuate your home. Have some supplies ready in case of emergency so you don’t have to rush getting out of your home. The National Preparedness Coalition Community is here to help you understand to have things ready just in case or have back up medical supplies ready to go.  In case the power goes out, consider having back up power by getting a gas powered, portable generator that sits outside. This will at least get your wheelchair batteries charged.

There are four guidelines to follow to prepare for any emergency:

  • Get a kit – Have enough non-perishable food, water and other supplies like batteries, toiletries, cellular phone and flashlights or candles.  Utilities may be shut off for days or weeks, depending on the situation.
  • Make a plan – It’s important to plan ahead. When a disaster may strike, it’s important to know how you and your family will stay in touch and get back together.
  • Be informed – Make sure to follow up with current weather conditions and local authorities with the current situations and natural disasters. You may need to stay in your home or evacuate and local authorities will be able to direct you.
  • Get involved – Volunteer to support disaster efforts in your community. 

LA Medical anticipates you’ll talk with your family about how you’ll prepare for any emergency.  In case you have to stay in your home during an emergency, look at LA Medical’s aids to daily living and orthopedic aids today!

Fire Safety 101

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Blog-3---Fire-Safety-101Our last blog of the month will focus on fire safety and the wildfires that have gone on here in California.  Across California, it is typically dry and it only rains between December and April, but will get worse through these winter months if it doesn’t rain. Did you know that home fires can injure 16,000 people every year? Today, LA Medical would like to educate you and your family about common fire safety tips and what you can do.

Smoke alarms are a great resource to have in your home to detect smoke and alarm you to get out of your home.  A downside many people have with smoke alarms is the high-pitched beeping noise it makes when the batteries are dying.  As much as you want to take the battery out and unplug it, try replacing the battery.  People forget to put batteries back in, resulting in no warning with a fire in the house.  Replace smoke alarms every ten years for best results.

The United States Fire Administration wants you and your family to plan and practice fire escape plans. In-case of a fire, smoke and flames can spread into other rooms of your home within seconds.  Always have two ways out of a room and make sure all doors and windows open. If you or a loved one has a disability, make sure to plan a specific escape route for them.  Practice your fire escape plan twice a year and make sure all doors and windows open easily throughout the year. When all individuals are outside the home, meet at a spot away from the home like the mailbox or a tree.

If there is smoke in your home, get low and go.  Crawling will allow you to not breathe in all the harmful smoke and chemicals from the fire and provide you with a clearer line of sight to find an exit. If you happen to catch fire from your clothes, remember to stop, drop and roll, if possible, outside of your home to eliminate the fire from spreading.

See LA Medical today for mobility equipment to help you or a loved one be more prepared in-case of a fire in California.