In Case of Emergency

 

NATURAL GAS LEAKS 

  • ♦Smell sulfur or rotten eggs?

  • ♦Hear a hissing, high-pitched whistle or leaking sound?

  • ♦See blowing dust, dead vegetation in a normally green area, continuous bubbles in an underwater area or a ground fire?

These are signs of a natural gas leak. 

♦LEAVE the area of the leak immediately

♦DO NOT operate vehicles or powered equipment where leaking gas may be

  • ♦DO NOT re-enter the home to open doors or windows

  • ♦DO NOT use telephones, cell phones, computers, appliances, or garage door openers

    ♦DO use a neighbors of nearby friend's phone to

    Report the leak by calling 357-9295

    or 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!

    We respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

     


     

    CARBON MONOXIDE

    Most people know that carbon monoxide (Co) gas is dangerous. Illinois state law, effective January 1, 2007 mandates that a carbon Monoxide (Co) detector must be placed within 15 feet of every room in a house used for sleeping purposes. Follow the manufacturers instructions for proper installation. Potential sources for Co are automobiles, gas appliances, gas furnaces, chimneys, charcoal grills, and portable kerosene heats. Carbon monoxide is tasteless, poisonous, and dangerous to people. Symptoms of poisoning caused by carbon monoxide exposer may initially by similar to the flu. Symptoms may include the following: burning eyes, headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, confusion, shortness of breath, and unconsciousness.

    Recognizing CO:

    • ♦Black soot on or around air register, flues, burners of access openings to appliances
    • ♦Condensation of moisture on inside windows NOT created by humidifiers and vaporizers
    • ♦Dead or dying houseplants and animals
    • ♦Abnormal flame characteristics (yellow gas flame not blue; flame flame rolling out of appliance, flame lifting off burner)
    • ♦Install a carbon monoxide detector that will sound an alarm when CO build up reaches unsafe levels

    When you suspect Carbon Monoxide is in your home or a CO detector is sounding:

    • ♦Open doors and windows to ventilate
    • ♦Call 9-1-1
    • ♦Call for medical help if anyone is experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning
    • ♦Call a plumbing and heating professional to inspect appliances for possible problems

    REMEMBER CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS ARE REQUIRED BY ILLINOIS STATE LAW

     


     

    STORM SAFETY

     

    No matter what part of the country you live in, you will encounter storms.  Thunderstorms can be really dangerous! Flash floods, lightning bolts, hail, tornados, and flooding...all of these things can hurt you if you're not careful.  The city of Pinckneyville deploys storm watchers and is equipped with storm sirens that sound in the event of a Tornado Warning.  They are tested on the first Tuesday of each month.

    Here are some tips for weathering the storms:

    ♦GO INSIDE! If you hear distant thunder or see a flash of light, get indoors immediately. Seek shelter in a sturdy building, not a lean-to or outhouse. If staying in a car is your only option, do not touch any of the metal on the car. If you cannot find shelter, stay away from tall, isolated objects such as trees, poles, or posts. Make sure that you are not the tallest object by crouching down.  Do not lie flat on the ground and try to keep out of puddles or other standing water.

    ♦Always keep a battery powered radio and flashlight handy.  Check or change the batteries frequently.

    ♦Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.

    ♦If you lose power, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.

    ♦Turn off or unplug sensitive electronic equipment and appliances.

    ♦In an accessible location, keep a supply of non-perishable foods (cereal, canned fruits, canned meats, and drinking water), utensils, manual can opener, medications, and first-aid kit.

    ♦When a Tornado threatens, leave your windows slightly ajar.

    ♦Know where to take shelter and ensure that all family members know about your emergency storm safety plan and the location of emergency supplies.  Include in the emergency plan provisions for family members with special medical needs, especially those on life support equipment and vital medications.

    ♦Have fire safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher and baking soda available.

    ♦Do not take a shower, do dishes, use a phone or a computer during a thunderstorm.  Lightning can strike the plumbing or electrical wires that connect to your house and give you an electrical shock if you use these items.

    ♦Stay away from windows.

    ♦Secure loose objects outside your home that may become flying objects during high winds.

    ♦Know the difference between weather watches and warnings:

         A WATCH means that a storm, flood, or tornado is POSSIBLE

         A WARNING means that s storm, flood, or tornado has been sighted or has been indicated by radar.  TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!

    ♦After the storm passes, wait about half an hour before leaving the house. Lightning can still be prevalent in the sky, and more storms may come. If there are downed power lines anywhere around you, DO NOT touch them. Call your electrical company and have them take care of it.

    ♦Keep an eye on large trees- even healthy ones- that could damage your home if felled in a storm.  Cut them back if necessary.

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