IEMA, state fire marshal offer holiday gift ideas
Preparedness, safety gifts for everyone on your shopping list
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[December 17, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- With holiday shopping in
full swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Office
of the Illinois State Fire Marshal encourage shoppers to consider
presents and stocking stuffers that could save lives during
Gifts such as NOAA Weather Alert radios, flashlights and first-aid
kits can help friends and family prepare for disasters, while smoke
alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers will make
their homes safer.
"Many people would appreciate a gift that will
help them stay safe during disasters," said IEMA Director Jonathon
Monken. "It can be as small as a flashlight tucked in a stocking to
a fully stocked vehicle preparedness kit to keep them safe during
treacherous winter travel."
Monken said a vehicle preparedness kit is easy to assemble. A
backpack or rubber tub can be stocked with items such as a
flashlight, extra batteries, blankets, jumper cables, first-aid kit,
windshield scraper, small shovel, water bottles and some
nonperishable snack foods.
State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis said fire safety and
prevention gifts, such as foldable ladders for second-story
emergency escapes and flameless scented candles, are also great gift
"This season is about showing how much we care for our loved
ones. Adding an affordable, lifesaver gift in stocking stuffers is a
great expression of love to anyone," said Matkaitis.
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Most preparedness and safety gift items can be found in hardware
and department stores.
For additional information on emergency preparedness, visit the
Ready Illinois website at
www.ready.illinois.gov. The OSFM website,
offers more information about fire safety.
Emergency Management Agency and
Office of the State Fire
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