PA State Officials Urge Citizens to Resolve to Be Ready This New Year

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As Americans prepare to ring in the New Year, many will make resolutions aimed at improving lifestyle, health, or financial situations.

This year the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is urging individuals, families and businesses to resolve to be ready for emergencies by using tools available at

“We want Pennsylvanians to take time to prepare for emergencies before they occur,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. “Emergencies can be short inconveniences or long-term disasters. Planning ahead goes a long way. People should be able to sustain themselves for at least three days in a disaster.”

By visiting, individuals and business owners can learn how they can Be Informed, Be Prepared, and Be Involved.

The Web site outlines 10 potential emergencies that Pennsylvanian’s may face so that citizens can learn more about them and how to prepare. Downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates are available at You can also download the ReadyPA App to help with planning and preparedness.

“Fire prevention and preparedness is also very important this time of year,” said State Fire Commissioner Timothy Solobay. “We are in the colder months where people use different heating sources and it’s a good time to remind people to be safe.”

Most people say they feel safest at home. But data shows 83% of all fire deaths in the U.S. happen in homes.

Follow these tips to ring in fire safety this New Year:

Make sure your home is protected by working smoke alarms. Half of all home fire deaths happen at night, when people are sleeping.

Test your smoke alarms once a month, and replace your smoke alarms when they’re 10 years old.

Cooking is the main cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Make safety your first ingredient; stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures. Fires start when the heat gets too high. If you see any smoke or grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.

If you have children living in your home or visiting look for fire and burn dangers from their point of view. Never leave lighters or matches where children can reach them.

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