Public Safety Remains a Priority

first_img Smoke detectors: Ensure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly. Remember, electric-powered detectors do not work when the power is out. Portable appliances: Put the correct fuel in appliances like Coleman stoves or oil lamps. Substituting fuels is extremely dangerous. Propane and liquid camp stoves are for outdoor use only. Space heaters create carbon monoxide. Ensure they are used in rooms with good ventilation and placed on a flat hard surface to prevent tipping. Do not leave the units unattended. Candle use: Make sure candles are properly supported — use a non-combustible container that is larger than the candle. Keep materials at least two feet away from candles. Extinguish any candles before leaving the room. Access Nova Scotia centres Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Registry of Deeds Registry of Vital Statistics (birth, marriage and death certificates) Registry of Joint Stock Companies department head office in the Maritime Centre, Barrington Street, Halifax The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is also in theprocess of gathering information regarding Hurricane Juan’seffect on Nova Scotia farms and the fishery. Staff of the Department of Transportation and Public Works areworking hard to restore road systems in affected areas. Crews arealso working with Nova Scotia Power to remove trees from thesides of provincial roads. The public is advised to use cautionin these areas and to avoid downed power lines. Emergency Health Services is operating as usual. All Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations offices in HRMand Truro are closed today, Sept. 30. These offices include: As the clean-up in the aftermath of Hurricane Juan continues, theprovince’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) advises NovaScotians that public safety is still a priority. “Staff of the Emergency Measures Organization and all theresponse teams involved are doing everything they can to ensurethe prompt restoration of services to everyone affected byHurricane Juan,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for theEmergency Measures Act. “We are also asking Nova Scotians to dowhat they can to ensure their own safety at this time.” Many people have questions about the safety of foods that remainin refrigerators. Following are some general food safety tipsfrom the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries:– Any perishable food that is currently in the fridge is notsafe to eat at this time.– Any food in the deep freeze that is fully stocked is good fortwo days from the time of power failure. — Any food in a half-filled deep freeze is safe to eat for oneday from the time of power failure.– Perishable food that has reached room temperature for morethan two hours must be discarded.– Food retail outlets are advised to keep food below fourdegrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit). Any perishable food leftabove this temperature for more than two hours should bediscarded immediately. For further information on food safety, call 902-424-1173, orvisit the Web site at . Food safety specialists are currently assessing food supplies atgrocery stores, food banks and nursing homes. HRM’s publicinformation line has a list of grocery stores that are open. Thatnumber is 902-490-4000. “Many services are at least partially operational, however, weremind people that everyone is in the same situation. Weencourage people to buy only enough milk, water and gas, forexample, to meet immediate needs,” said Mr. Fage. The provincial fire marshal is asking Nova Scotians to be extracareful with open flames and other sources of heat while they arewithout power. All fire departments in the province are fully operational andable to respond to emergencies. As always, if you have anemergency call 911. The following are tips to help identify potential safety risks: Staff are working to have all offices open on Wednesday, Oct. 1.Access Nova Scotia, RMV and Registry of Deeds offices outside HRMand Truro remain open. Online services are also operating asusual. For questions regarding insurance claims, people are advised tocontact their individual insurance company, or the InsuranceBureau of Canada’s Consumer Information Centre in Halifax at 1-800-565-7189, ext 227. The province’s public inquiries line will be operational until 7p.m. today, Sept. 30. The number is 902-424-5200 in Halifax ortoll-free 1-800-670-4357. The province’s Emergency Operations Centre remains activated.Since last week staff with the Emergency Measures Organization(EMO) have been in constant contact with municipal and federalemergency measures organizations to ensure an integratedresponse. The following are contact numbers for various agencies involvedin the clean-up process: Water and Water Quality HRM, East and West Hants 902-424-7773 Colchester, Pictou, Truro 902-893-5880 Food Safety — 902-424-1173 Halifax Regional Municipality — 902-490-4000 Aliant (to report phone outage) — 611 Red Cross — 1-800-222-9597 Nova Scotia Power Inc. — 902-428-6004 -30-last_img

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