Crime Stoppers and the Nassau County Police Department are seeking the public’s help to identify the perpetrators of a Grand Larceny in Valley Stream and an occupied Burglary which occurred in Westbury.

On Thursday, Dec, 1, 2016, at about 3:30 P.M., three black males were observed on surveillance camera inside the Lids store at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream. Together, the subjects stole approximately $1,400 worth of assorted baseball hats, and fled the scene in an unknown direction. Subject #1 is believed to be in his early 40’s, 6’0” tall, with red hair, wearing a Black jacket with a smiley on the back. Subject #2 is believed to be early 30’s, 6’0” tall. Subject #3 is described as in his mid-40’s, 6’0 tall, bald, with eyeglasses.

On Friday, September 9, 2016, at about 4:45 A.M., an unknown subject unlawfully entered a home on Jefferson Street in Westbury through an open window, disrobed, and got into bed with the victim. When the victim left the room to notify family members of the subject’s presence in the home, the subject fled the scene in an unknown direction. He is described as a black male, 26-27 years old, 5’5”-5’7” tall, thin build,  short black hair, dark eyes, with a Dark Brown complexion.

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who can identify any of these subjects, or has any information about these crimes to call our toll free hotline: 1-800-244-TIPS (8377). YOU DON’T HAVE TO REVEAL YOUR IDENTITY TO HELP SOLVE THIS CRIME.

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Members of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department K-9, Visiting and Criminal Investigations Units – and its security staff – intercepted a female visitor entering the facility this week and attempting to smuggle drugs to an inmate already in custody, according to a statement by Sheriff Michael J. Sposato.

The female visitor was initially stopped and searched after a canine member of the K-9 Unit detected narcotics. The drugs were discovered hidden in her underwear “packaged in a manner consistent with drug smuggling activities,” Sposato said. Additional drugs were subsequently found in the vehicle used by the female to drive onto facility grounds.  The recovered drugs include what is believed to be heroin, crack cocaine, Xanax tablets, and methadone tables.  Nassau Police arrested the woman; felony charges are likely.

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A corporate donation of $15,000 will allow the Paws of War to train service dogs to assist veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced this week. County Executive Mangano joined with members of the 69th Infantry Regiment at the Museum of American Armor as the group accepted a check from the D’Arrigo Brothers – one of the nation’s largest distributors of fresh fruits and vegetables. The funds will also allow Paws of War to identify veterans and match them with a dog that will meet their needs and assist in their treatment and rehabilitation. Veterans meet their dogs, who then undergo an intensive training program administered and supervised by the experts at Paws of War.

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs of 750,000 veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, approximately 100,000 sought mental health care. Half of those were diagnosed with PTSD.  V.A. statistics show that nationwide more than 20 veterans a day commit suicide. In 2014, the latest year for which data is available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Researchers say that the risk of suicide for veterans is 21% higher when compared to civilian adults.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee, hosted the 32nd Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Monday, January 16th at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale. The County Executive honored four Nassau residents for their civil rights and humanitarian efforts in their communities. The awards luncheon was part of a weekend of events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from which the proceeds benefitted the MLK Committee Scholarship Fund. Four high school essay contest winners were present at the luncheon and received scholarships. “Together, we owe it to King and his legacy to continue his work toward victory and to ensure that we build a better future for many generations to come,” said County Executive Mangano. The Honorees at this years’ luncheon included: Human Rights Activist Claudia Swansey, who received a Civil Rights Award; Reverend Tae Jin Kwan, who received a Humanitarian Award; Tina Hodge-Bowles, President of the Hempstead/Uniondale Rotary, who received a Humanitarian Award; and Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Jeiver Espinosa, who received a Civil Rights Award. The Essay Contest winners who received scholarships were: Kailah Williams of Hempstead High School, 1st place; Giselle Flores of Westbury High School, 2nd Place; Yerelys Espinal, Uniondale High School, 3rd Place; and Analda Felician of Westbury High School, Muslim Senior Essay Contest Winner.

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Gun Buy Back In Hempstead To Take Illegal Firearms Off Streets

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, District Attorney Madeline Singas and Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter will host a Gun Buy Back event in conjunction with the Hempstead Police Department on Saturday, January 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Judea United Baptist Church, 83 Greenwich Street in Hempstead.
Asset forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are utilized to fund the Gun Buy Back Program, which is strictly anonymous. Individuals are paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols and replicas. Guns must be transported in the trunk of the car, unloaded and placed in a shoe box, or plastic/paper bag.
“The Gun Buyback Program, using asset forfeiture dollars, has taken more than 4,065 guns off our streets before they fell into the wrong hands,” said County Executive Mangano. “Community support is critical to the success of this program, and I thank the Judea United Baptist Church for hosting this effort to take illegal firearms off our streets. By working together, we can continue to ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation.”
“Gun violence is a national epidemic and we must all work together to remove dangerous weapons from our streets and our communities,” DA Singas said. “The Gun Buyback Program has helped remove thousands of guns from Nassau County and we are proud to partner with the Judea United Baptist Church and our law enforcement partners to host this event. Every Nassau County resident deserves to live in a community that is free of gun violence, and by investing in programs like this we can help make that a reality.”

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Mangano & Glen Cove Mayor Offer Free Photo IDs for Children

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello are partnering to help protect children by providing free “KidPix” photo identification cards to parents and children.  Along with a picture, fingerprint and contact information, the identification card includes the date of birth, physical description and gender of the child.

Nassau County children of all ages can participate in the KidPix program, that’s taking place On Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at the Glen Cove Library (4 Glen Cove Ave). Photos and fingerprints will be processed on-site and families will be able to take their KidPix cards home right from the event.

“The KidPix program provides parents a convenient way to keep their children’s important information on a single, wallet sized ID card,” County Executive Mangano said. “Whenever a child goes missing, every second can count, and the KidPix card helps law enforcement save valuable time.”

For more information, please call (516) 571-6000.





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Mangano: Crime Down 27% Since 2009; Major Crime Dropped 8.7% in 2016

Mineola, NY – County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that Nassau has seen crime drop by 27% since 2009, including a 50% decrease in residential burglaries, a 46% reduction in stolen vehicles, and a 43% decrease in robberies.  Nassau County is reporting the lowest crime rate in its history since 1966 – the year that crime statistics were first recorded.  In 2016, major crime dropped 8.71% across all Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) precincts, continuing a downward trend that began in 2010.

“The statistics speak for themselves.  With crime down another 8.7% this year, it’s evident that the brave men and women of the Nassau County Police Department work tirelessly to combat crime and keep our neighborhoods safe,” said County Executive Mangano. “Nassau is one of the safest large suburban counties in America and significantly safer than it was seven years ago.  That said, my administration will continue to invest the resources needed to maintain public safety and protect our residents from the unprecedented times in which we now live.”

In 2016, NCPD statistics indicate a 17% reduction in residential burglaries, a 14% decrease in robberies and an 8% reduction in grand larcenies since 2015.  Successfully reducing crime is directly attributable to a dedicated and well-trained police force, intelligence-led policing models and strategic communication.  Advancements in technology have also made it possible for police officers to receive and input valuable intelligence through the computers within their patrol vehicles, effectively turning these patrol vehicles into mobile police precincts. The NCPD’s use of innovative technologies such as license plate readers and the ShotSpotter system to detect and pinpoint locations of gunfire has also contributed to the decrease in crime. Additionally, the County’s Gun Buyback program has taken nearly 4,000 guns off Nassau streets.

“The Department’s predictive-policing methods are working and we owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women of the Nassau County Police Department who are out there each and every day, getting the job done and ensuring the safety of everyone here in Nassau County,” said Acting Commissioner Krumpter.

In addition to new technology and enhanced crime fighting models, the NCPD has made advances in light of recent terror attacks and threats around the globe.  The NCPD has bolstered its training exercises and purchased high-powered rifles for response to active shooter and terror situations. The department’s Intelligence Unit continues to work around the clock to provide officers with counter-terrorism bulletins.

Several months ago, County Executive Mangano and the NCPD launched a new state-of-the-art school security program to help save countless lives in the event of an active shooter at local schools.  This comprehensive program provides school officials with a free direct link via mobile technology to the NCPD Communications Bureau and alerts area first responders to a situation.  Once an alert is issued by school personnel, NCPD Communications Bureau personnel automatically access critical contact information and floor plans, control remote door locks and view live footage from closed-circuit security cameras so that responding officers receive real-time intelligence.

To assist the NCPD’s Counter-Terrorism efforts in monitoring social media and protecting students and residents, County Executive Mangano launched a Social Media See Something, Say Something initiative.  With nearly 850 million active social media users per month, the public can assist law enforcement by reporting suspicious activity via the Nassau Crime Stoppers app available for smartphones and tablets.  To do so, download the application by searching “Nassau Crime Stoppers” in the app store and TEXT-A-TIP.  Residents should know that counter terrorism intel analysts proactively monitor and data-mine social media activity, in partnership with neighboring law enforcement agencies, in an effort to protect the homeland.

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The first seats at The New Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, presented by New York Community Bank, were unveiled today.  Joining Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano at the event were Maryann and Joe Campanelli of Plainview and their children, who were the first ticket holders to take a seat.  The Campanellis are members of the Long Island All Access Pass program and will have tickets to the designated seats for all events at the Coliseum beginning with Billy Joel’s venue opening show on April 5, 2017. The new Coliseum has also already attracted world-class acts, including Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Marc Anthony, Bruno Mars and Stevie Nicks. The Coliseum’s new seating, manufactured in the USA by Irwin Seating Company at their Grand Rapids, MI manufacturing plant utilizes high-tech fabric designed specifically for arena use, providing both comfort and durability. The venue’s seating will also provide generous legroom. Transformation of the Coliseum into a world-class sports-entertainment destination began on November 5, 2015.  The new venue will retain its history of honoring our veterans while sharing revenue with taxpayers. When complete, the Coliseum will host hundreds of events annually.  The $260 million projected is funded entirely by private investment from Nassau Events Center (NEC), LLC.  Under terms of the contract, Nassau County taxpayers will receive minimum guaranteed revenue of $194.5 million during the 34-year lease term with NEC.  Simply put, the County will receive a minimum of 8% of gross revenue or $4 million annually, whichever is greater; plus $400,000 annually from the retail component or 8% of the gross, whichever is greater.  Payments began pre-construction in August 2015 and will be used to help the Mangano administration keep County property taxes down.  Economists project $3.7 million in annual sales taxes from the arena will be generated, along with an estimated $2.7 million in annual sales tax from new retail and entertainment surrounding the area.  The Coliseum will continue to be owned by the taxpayers and the County sheds $2 million in costs related to utilities, repairs and other capital expenses.

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Mangano Reminds Residents of Homeless Emergency Winter Shelter Program

Warm Bed, Nassau County’s Emergency Shelter Relief Program, is open to assist homeless individuals and families during these cold winter months. The Nassau County Winter Homeless Hotline, WARMBED, will operate 7 days a week and run through March 31st, 2017.  Between the hours of 4:45 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, and Friday from 4:45 p.m. thru Monday at 8:00 a.m., employees from WARMBED and the Department of Social Services (DSS) will make appropriate referrals and provide shelter placement.  Once placed, the staff at DSS and the Office of Housing & Community Development will contact those who are homeless in order to access resources for permanent housing. Nassau’s homeless veterans who utilize the WARMBED program, will be assisted by the Nassau County Veterans Services Agency.  During the 2015/2016 season, a total of 287 individuals were housed by the WARMBED program.  These referrals included 219 adults and 68 children.


DSS (516) 227-8519: After office hours (516) 573-8626
Long Island Crisis Center (516) 679-1111
The Safe Center L.I. (516) 542-0404
Nassau University Medical Center (516) 572-0123

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Mangano Recognizes January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. DSS Receives $109,200 State Award

The Nassau County Department of Social Services’ Child Protective Services division, in partnership with The Safe Center LI and LIU Post are raising public awareness regarding youth trafficking and the commercial exploitation of youths, via the Safe Harbour Project.  Throughout the month of January, a variety of events are planned to bring attention to this social problem.  On January 11th from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Safe Center LI will screen a documentary regarding young women sexually exploited and forced into prostitution.  A panel discussion will follow.  LIU Post will screen the same documentary on January 31st.  Also, both The Safe Center and LIU Post will display “Step Into My Shoes” highlighting the stories of clients who were trafficked. Nassau County DSS was awarded a $109,200 grant from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services this month, to continue the Safe Harbour program – a County-wide, coordinated, multi-system, long-term strategy to enhance the identification, protection and service delivery for children who are victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, and to provide services to best meet their individual needs.  Since June 2014, there have been 253 children in Nassau County who have been identified as possible victims of human trafficking.  Services such as counseling and housing have been provided. It is estimated that over 100,000 children in the United States are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex each year.  At greater risk are youths with unstable family situations and who have little or no social supports.  Runway and homeless youths, children involved with child protective services and foster care, as well as Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) youths are also at increased risk for exploitation and trafficking. The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building will be illuminated in blue the week of January 8th, in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. If you know a child who may be in danger, call The Safe Center at (516) 542-0404. For more information, please contact





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2018-19 Tentative Assessment Disclosure Notices Now Online

Acting County Assessor Jim Davis announced today that notices of tentative assessed value for the 2018-2019 property tax year are available for viewing to homeowners on the Department of Assessment website Hard copies of the notices will be mailed to all homeowners by the end of January.

Notices, which indicate the assigned tentative assessed value for each property for the 2018-19 school and general tax years, do not reflect the amount of property taxes that will be imposed by a school district or local taxing authority.

“Homeowners who believe that their assessment (property value) may be too high should file a grievance with the Assessment Review Commission by March 1, 2017,” stated Acting County Assessor Davis. “There is no filing fee and the application is easy to fill out.”

Homeowners who would like to challenge their 2018-19 tentative assessed value, property classification or property tax exemption status may file an “Application for Correction of Assessment” with Assessment Review Commission online at The application can also be obtained in person at the Department of Assessment, located at 240 Old Country Road in Mineola or by calling ARC at (516) 571-3214.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Nassau County Department of Public Works (DPW) is pretreating roadways with brine to prevent black ice from forming over the next 24 hours as light snow enters the region.

“Nassau County is helping ensure residents have a safe commute by brining main County roadways, bridges and overpasses to prevent black ice,” said County Executive Mangano.

Nassau County DPW has 23,700 tons of road salt and 2,370 tons of road sand on hand. DPW’s snowfighting fleet includes 115 plow/salt trucks, 20 pick-ups with plows and sanders, 10 payloaders and 3 brine trucks that cover 2,000 lane miles throughout the County. With the assistance of GPS, DPW supervisors monitor snowplows to determine when plows are down and where trucks are operating in order to ensure we are working at full capacity to make the roads safer for our residents as quickly and efficiently as possible, while also safeguarding the safety of our snowfighting crew.

With winter weather conditions upon us, County Executive Mangano encourages residents to begin preparing for the cold, snow and ice. To help ensure a safe winter season, Nassau County offers the following checklist:

Property Owners:
1. Do not plow snow across the road or shovel snow from your driveway onto shoulders or roadways.
2. Do not pile snow high near intersections or driveways obstructing others’ vision; Park vehicles away from the road and follow local parking ordinances related to snow removal.
3. Keep rocks, timbers, fences, basketball hoops, garbage bins, reflectors and other items away from the road.
4. Keep areas around mailboxes clear in order to assist in safe mail delivery and to help prevent damage to mailboxes.
5. Maintaining the end of your driveway could decrease chances of getting plowed in, or having your mailbox damaged.
6. Keep sidewalks and pathways clear for pedestrians.

1. Never build snow forts, make tunnels, or play in ditches or snow banks by the road.
2. Stay away from the edge of the roadway as you wait for the school bus, get the mail, or watch the snow plow.
3. Stay away from the end of a driveway when a snow plow is approaching.
4. Keep sleds and toys away from the roadways at all times.
5. Remember, the plow driver can’t always see you.

Drivers should use extra precautions on the roads this winter season, especially when driving near trucks that are plowing and salting.

1. Always wear your seatbelt and allow extra time to reach your destination.
2. Do your best to minimize distractions so your focus can be on driving.
3. Don’t attempt to pass a snow plow vehicle while they are plowing.
4. NEVER attempt to pass a snow plow on the right. Many plows are equipped with wings that weigh as much as a small compact car.
5. Plows can suddenly move sideways from hitting drifts or by cutting through packed snow.
6. Plow drivers have limited visibility and they cannot see directly behind their trucks.
7. Avoid sudden starts, stops and turns. Accelerate carefully so car wheels don’t spin.
8. Improve visibility by clearing all snow and ice from the entire car – hood, roof, trunk, turn signals, tail lights, headlights, windows, mirrors and fender wells.
9. Driving with headlights on low-beam provides better road illumination in snow and fog than using high-beams.

Family Disaster Plan:
Families should be prepared for all hazards that affect their area and themselves. Follow these basic steps to develop a family disaster plan:

1. Learn your community’s warning signals.
2. Meet with your family to create a plan. Pick two places to meet: a spot outside your home for an emergency such as fire, and a place away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school). Choose an out-of-area friend as your family check-in contact for everyone to call if the family becomes separated.
3. Implement your plan. Post emergency telephone numbers by the phones. Install safety features in your house such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
4. Inspect your home for potential hazards and correct them.
5. Have your family learn basic safety and first aid measures. Make sure everyone knows how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency medical services phone number.
6. Have disaster supplies on hand.

Home Emergency Supplies:
Winter has arrived and you should stockpile the following supplies in the event a winter storm or power outage prevents you from leaving your home.

1. Flashlights and extra batteries.
2. Battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
3. Emergency non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration.
4. Non-electric can opener.
5. Bottled water.
6. One week supply of essential medicines.
7. Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
8. First aid kit and manual.
9. Fire extinguisher.
10. Emergency heating equipment, used properly.

Winterize Your Home:
Take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:

1. Have your heating system checked by a professional annually. This will ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently which, in turn, will save you money. If you heat by wood, clean your fireplace or stove. Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and then cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.
2. Make sure your home is properly insulated. If necessary, insulate walls and attic. This will help you to conserve energy and reduce your homes power demands for heat.
3. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
4. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside. This will provide an extra layer of insulation, keeping more cold air out.
5. Inspect and flush your water heater.
6. Clean gutters. Leaves and other debris will hamper drainage.
7. Replace batteries of smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors. If you did not do it when you set the clocks back, do it now.

Clearing Your Roof:
As the snow and ice continues to build up, homeowners should think about safety before trying to clear the snow from their roof. Clearing roofs is a dangerous task. However, if you think safety, and work safely, you will get the job done. Here are some safety tips:

1. When possible, use long-handled snow rakes or poles.
2. If you must use a ladder, make certain that the base is securely anchored. Ask a friend, neighbor or adult family member to hold the ladder while you climb.
3. Know where the snow is going to fall before clearing the area.
4. Make certain not to contact electrical wires.
5. If possible, do not attempt to clear the roof alone.
6. If you are afraid of heights or think the job is too big for you, HIRE HELP.

Protecting Water Pipes:
To prevent the mess and aggravation of frozen water pipes, protect your home, apartment or business by following the simple steps below.

To keep pipes from freezing:
1. Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of old newspapers
2. Cover the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture
3. Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing
4. Know how to shut off water valves

Before Cold Weather:
1. Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing, typically those near outer walls, in crawl spaces or in the attic.
2. Wrap pipes with heat tape (UL approved).
3. Seal any leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located.
4. Disconnect garden hoses and shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.

When It’s Cold:
1. Let hot and cold water trickle at night from a faucet on an outside wall.
2. Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to un-insulated pipes under a sink or appliance near an outer wall.
3. Make sure heat is left on and set no lower than 55 degrees.
4. If you plan to be away: (1) Have someone check your house daily to make sure the heat is still on to prevent freezing, or (2) drain and shut off the water system (except indoor sprinkler systems).

If Pipes Freeze:
1. Make sure you and your family knows how to shut off the water, in case pipes burst. Stopping the water flow minimizes the damage to your home. Call a plumber and contact your insurance agent.
2. Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch.
3. Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

Staying Warm Indoors:
If heat goes out during a winter storm, you can keep warm by closing off rooms you do not need. Losing your heat when winters winds are howling is not pleasant. However, by following these simple tips, you will weather the storm more comfortably.
2. Use only safe sources of alternative heat such as a fireplace, small well-vented wood or coal stove or portable space heaters. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Dress in layers of lightweight clothing and wear a cap.
4. Eat well-balanced meals.

If The Lights Go Out:
If you lose electrical service during the winter, follow these tips:

1. Call your utility provider first to determine area repair schedules. Turn off or unplug lights and appliances to prevent a circuit overload when service is restored. Leave one light on to indicate power has been restored.
2. To help prevent freezing pipes, turn on faucets slightly. Running water will not freeze as quickly.
3. Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning:
o DO NOT operate generators indoors; the motor emits deadly carbon monoxide gas.
o DO NOT use charcoal to cook indoors. It, too, can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
o DO NOT use your gas oven to heat your home — prolonged use of an open oven in a closed house can create carbon monoxide gas.
o Make sure fuel space heaters are used with proper ventilation.
4. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to help reduce food spoilage.

Generator Safety:
Electric generators can provide you with piece of mind and convenience when you are faced with a temporary loss of electric service. Follow these safety guidelines when operating a generator:

1. Before installing a generator, be sure to properly disconnect from your utility electrical service. If possible, have your generator installed by a qualified electrician.
2. Run generators outside, downwind of structures. NEVER run a generator indoors. Deadly carbon monoxide gas from the generators exhaust can spread throughout enclosed spaces. Install a carbon monoxide detector.
3. Fuel spilled on a hot generator can cause an explosion. If your generator has a detachable fuel tank remove it before refilling. If this is not possible, shut off the generator and let it cool before refilling.
4. Do not exceed the rated capacity of your generator. Most of the small, home-use portable generators produce from 350 to 12,000 watts of power. Overloading your generator can damage it, the appliances connected to it, and may cause a fire. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Keep children away from generators at all times.

Fire Safety:
Wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and heaters can add a cozy glow, but make sure you are using them safely.

1. Always keep a screen around an open flame.
2. Never use gasoline to start your fireplace.
3. Never burn charcoal indoors.
4. Do not close the damper when ashes are hot.
5. When using alternative heat sources such as a fireplace, woodstove, etc. always make sure you have proper ventilation. Keep curtains, towels and potholders away from hot surfaces.
6. Have your chimney checked before the season for creosote buildup — and then clean it.
7. Have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors and make sure they work! Establish a well-planned escape route with the entire family.

1. Keep the area around the hearth clear of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
2. Leave the glass fireplace doors open while you are burning a fire. Close the doors when the fire is out.
3. Always use a mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have glass doors.
4. Do not use excessive amounts of paper when lighting a fire.
5. Avoid using liquid fire starter or other flammable liquids to start a fire.

Kerosene Heaters:
If you use kerosene heaters to supplement your regular heating fuel, or as an emergency source of heat, follow these safety tips:

1. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Use only the correct fuel for your unit.
3. Refuel outdoors ONLY and only when the unit is cool.
4. Keep the heater at least three feet away from furniture and other flammable objects.
5. When using the heater, use fire safeguards and ventilate properly.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent, deadly killer claiming about 1,000 lives each year in the United States. Such common items as automotive exhaust, home heating systems and obstructed chimneys can produce the colorless, odorless gas. The gas can also be produced by poorly vented generators, kerosene heaters, gas grills and other items used for cooking and heating when used improperly during the winter months.

1. NEVER run generators indoors. Open a window slightly when using a kerosene heater.
2. NEVER use charcoal to cook indoors.
3. NEVER use a gas oven to heat your home.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include sleepiness, headaches and dizziness. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, ventilate the area and get to a hospital.

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