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6 Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress FAMILY F EA'I'U REB batteries en Franklin sure would be proud that the Daylight Saving Time practice he initiated is not only making better use of summer sunlight and saving energy, but is also saving lives! The roll back to Standard Time, which occurs this year on Sunday, Nov. 4, a week later than in past years, also serves as a timely reminder for Americans to change the in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Preparing for Winter Power Outages Always keep a working flashlight bedside, in the kitchen, basement and family room. Keep a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries in an easily accessible area. Check flashlight and radio batteries. When changing batteries, do not mix old and new which can cause dangerous ruptures or leakage. Be sure to have extra batteries for each flashlight and radio. For safety's sake, depend on high quality batteries like Energizer batteries. Store them in a dry place at room temperature and do not expose to excessive heat. Keep a three-day supply of non-perishable foods, bottled water and medication on hand. If you have an alternate heat source, stock up on extra fuel, such as wood for wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Have at least one phone with a cord or a fully-charged cell phone available Ibr use during power outages, since cordless phones won't work. Battery-operated cell phone chargers, like Energizer Energi To Go, are also handy to have on hand for outage situations. Know how to manually operate your garage door. Use surge suppressors to protect sensitive electronic equipment, such as computers. lfa sterna is imminent, fill tubs (for sanitary purposes) and spare containers (for con- sumption) with water in the event the electric water pump or the municipal water system becomes unavailable. Pouring a pail of water from the tub into the bowl can flush a toilet. During a Power Outage Report the outage and power line hazards to your electrical company. Battery-operated lamps or flashlights are safer than candles. If you must use them, keep candles away from children, pets, furniture, draperies and other flammable materials. Disconnect or turn off appliances that were on when the outage occurred. Leave one light on so you will know when power is restored. If there is severe damage or the outage will last an extended period of time, consider moving people and pets to an alternate location Let faucets drip a little to avoid frozen pipes. Dress for the season, wearing several layers of loose fitting, light weight, warm clothing, rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat; most body heat is lost through the top of the head. Unplug all sensitive electronic equipment, including TVs, computers, stereos and microwaves to protect against surges when power comes back on. Power Outage Food Safety Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer. If the doors remain closed, food will stay frozen in a full freezer for 36 to 48 hours and 24 hours in a half-full freezer. Frozen foods that have partially or completely thawed before power is restored may be refrozen safely if there are still ice crystals or the food's temper- ature is 40 degrees or below. Discard if above 40 degrees for over two hours. If refrigerator doors are kept closed, food should be safe for about 4 hours. Milk, dairy products, eggs, meats and all cooked foods spoil quickly. Discard these foods if the temperature in the refrigerator rises above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Don't taste food that has an odd color or smell. When in doubt, throw it out. For specific power outage food safety guidelines-and charts, visit the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website at www.fsis.usda.gov, or call 1-800-535r4555. After a Power Outage m' Make sure to replace batteries in flashlights, battery-powered radios and back-up batteries and store in easily accessible areas like kitchen drawers and nightstands. For more information on how to keep your family safe, please visit www.iafc.org or www.energizer.com. mm The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program, now in its 20th year, reminds Americans to change the batteries in their home protection devices. Initially started in 1987 by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, With the St, Louis fire departments, the program has to do them in a zip lock and Atlanta Fire Departments as the only two participating since grown to include more than 5,900 fire departments, nationwide. Since that time, the public service program has become America's most effective fire safety campaign because a working smoke detector more than doubles home fire sur- vival chances. Even though more than 96 percent of U.S. homes have smoke detectors, 19 percent are estimated to have dead or missing batteries. With the program's success of encouraging Americans to change the batteries in their smoke detectors, the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program also serves as a reminder for people to change their batteries in their carbon monoxide detectors to help protect against accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Since we're reminded to "fall back" and make sure our homeprotection devices are fully operational, November is also a great time to prepare foi" possible winter power outages. Being prepared can be a life saver. For example, when the lights go out, having working flashlights bedside and in key rooms can help prevent the fire hazard of having candles lit throughout the house] The following checklists will help ensure your household is ready and everyone knows what if the electricity goes out on cold winter days. Clip these tips and store plastic bag with your spare batteries.