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Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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NEWS RELEASE 12/31/12: Tips to Help You Ring in the New Year Safely

Please celebrate safely this New Years Eve by following these guidelines provided by Portland Fire & Rescue.

Celebrating at Home
*     Test your smoke alarms and ensure that you have one on every floor and in every sleeping area.
*     Ensure that fire extinguishers are in good working order and familiarize yourself with their use by reading instructions.
*     Anything that produces an open flame should be operated and monitored by a sober adult.
*     Keep heat sources well away from combustibles, children and pets.
*     Ensure that your guests are aware of your home fire escape plan.

Going Out
*     Don't drink and drive.  Create a transportation plan using a designated driver, public/private transportation or walk.
*     Dress for the weather.  Temperatures tonight are expected to be below freezing and lines may be long to get into the venue of your choice.
*     When you arrive at the venue check to ensure that all exit ways are clear of obstruction and open to the exterior.
*     Identify a safe place (outside of the venue) to meet in case of emergency.
*     Locate the nearest exit to you and be prepared to use it.  In an emergency, people often return to the place where they entered.  The main entrance/exit can quickly become over-crowded.
*     In the event of alarm or any indication of an emergency exit the building immediately, proceed to your safe place.

Contact info, for media use only:
Lt. Damon Simmons, Media Pager (503) 940-6003