Get Prepared is the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's campaign that is all about keeping Hoosiers safe, secure and resilient. Choose a safety topic below to learn more about it.
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Alternative-heating equipment should be the last option used to heat a household due to the potential for uncontrolled fire, but if unavoidable, caution should be practiced.
The National Interagency Fire Center reports an average of more than 60,000 wildfires are caused by people every year, burning millions of acres. The campfires used to toast marshmallows and hot dogs are a factor in this number. These sources of heat and light are a major part of camping trips, but wildfires are not the only hazard associated with the blazes. Taking a little time to practice safety will help make the trip safe for everyone.
Every year, hundreds of people die from carbon monoxide gas poisoning. This can be prevented by watching for symptoms, testing alarms and regularly checking common carbon monoxide producers for issues.
Fire departments nationwide respond to hundreds of residential cooking fires each day. Always make sure to follow safety tips in the kitchen and outdoors.
Fires spread quickly and knowing how to escape a structure that is on fire can save lives.
Fire extinguishers can be very helpful tools to reduce property damage or save lives during fires. Learn about the different types and how to use them.
Setting off fireworks is a popular activity, but one that can cause serious injury or death if proper precautions are not followed. Learn helpful tips and become familiar with state fireworks laws to keep everyone safe while using fireworks.
- Fireworks Permits and Use
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Open burning is the burning of materials in a manner that releases smoke and other emissions directly into the air without passing through a chimney or smokestack from an enclosed chamber. Pollution from open burning is a serious concern because it can harm human health and the environment.
- Fire Training Approvals
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Smoke Alarm Safety
Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms provide the entire household an early warning of a fire. In fact, a home with properly placed and working smoke alarms doubles the likelihood of survival. Help keep every loved one safe by learning how to install and maintain smoke alarms.
Long periods of dry weather, including droughts, can cause many issues, ranging from poor crop yields to restrictions on personal water use. These conditions increase the potential for fires, and Hoosiers should stay aware and practice safety precautions to keep their communities safe.
- Burn Bans
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Although earthquakes are not frequent in Indiana, the state does experience them with some regularity. Increase your awareness of what to do before, during and after earthquakes.
Frigid temperatures and people are not a great combination. Practicing safety when the weather becomes dangerously cold will help prevent the chance of catching a cold weather illness.
Indiana summers can be hot and humid, and overexposure to these conditions can be hazardous. Learn about heat watches and warnings, the signs of heat illnesses and safety tips.
- Skin of Color: How to Protect and Detect Skin Cancer
American Academy of Dermatology
- UV Index Forecast
Environmental Protection Agency
Most flood deaths are preventable, and Hoosiers can take simple steps to help protect their households in the event of a flooding emergency.
Lightning accompanies many storms, and knowing what to do when lightning enters the area can save life and property.
Tornadoes are devastating forces of nature that can occur during every season of the year. Thankfully, this weather phenomena can be tracked by meteorologists, so being prepared is possible.
During winter, Hoosiers battle snow, ice and frigid cold temperatures. These winter weather conditions may be normal for Indiana, but preparing before the state is covered in snow is vital.
The weather outside may be frightful, but Hoosiers still have to travel in it sometimes. Stay safe by reviewing a few safety tips before leaving the home.
Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to teach the public how to control extreme bleeding before first responders can arrive. Learn about the effort and how to get trained.
In severe emergencies, it can take up to three days for assistance to arrive. Disaster kits should be able to support the household during that time. Learn what should be part of the household disaster kit.
Many Hoosiers feel the need to help victims after disasters strike. Read how to help effectively.
- After the Disaster: How to Donate and Volunteer Responsibly, Podcast Episode 83
- Before Giving to a Charity
Federal Trade Commission
- Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Today many individuals rely on technology for communication. After an emergency this technology can be hindered or cut off. Following safety tips can help keep the entire household safe.
Large events are a lot of fun, yet hazards should be something eventgoers include in their plan.
Hoosier hospitality is on display all year during community events around the state. This resource is designed to help event organizers identify potential hazards and help plan a safe and fun event for all involved.
Hoosiers use and live around many hazardous chemicals and materials every day, whether they are household items or found at the workplace. These substances can have toxic effects and deserve special attention. Prepare now.
During a disaster, no individual is left unaffected. The Federal Emergency Management Agency National Household Survey indicates many Americans say they would not be ready in the event of an emergency. Spending time to prepare, even a little, before an emergency arises can help save lives.
Preparation and communication are crucial during a disaster situation. Talk with friends, family and other community members about creating communication and safety plans for before, during and after all of Indiana’s disasters.
Radiation cannot be seen, smelled, felt or tasted, but it is present in your everyday life. In a radiological emergency, uncontained radioactive material can significantly increase the amount of radiation you receive to harmful levels. Plan ahead.
Individuals with disabilities may need to take extra precautions in planning for emergency situations.
Amusement ride safety goes beyond the professional inspections process. Riders looking to enjoy them can avoid unnecessary harm by adhering to safety guidelines.
- IAAPA: The Global Association for the Attractions Industry
- RidesDatabase and Saferparks
- IDHS Elevators and Amusement Rides Section
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Indiana's security and economic prosperity depend on critical infrastructure, which is at risk from many natural and man-made hazards and threats. Just as all residents rely on this infrastructure, all also must play a role in keeping it strong, secure and resilient.
As cyberattacks continue to become more commonplace and sophisticated, it is important that all Indiana families and businesses know how to identify and avoid online threats.
Halloween is a night filled with witches and ghosts, but they are not the only frightening part of the holiday. Review some safety tips before celebrating the spooky night and leave the scaring to the monsters.
- Masks can dangerously restrict vision. Try using non-toxic makeup to make sure children can see everything happening around them.
- Remind children to stay on sidewalks and look both ways before crossing a street. Drivers may not see the children if they dart out on the road.
- Tell children to never enter a stranger’s home or vehicle.
During the harvest season, more slow-moving farm equipment is on Indiana’s roadways. Motorists should exercise caution and patience during September, October and November while sharing the road with these large vehicles.
Some home invasions are crimes of opportunity and securing a home can protect against this. However, many instances are planned, and intruders may have been watching the neighborhood for several days.
The holiday season is a popular time of the year for shopping. During this time of substantial spending, Hoosiers should pay extra attention to protect themselves and their property.
Identity theft is an all-too-common form of fraud, and increased use of digital technology has increased the risk of your personal information being stolen. Learn strategies to prevent identity theft, how to keep an eye out and what to do if you become a victim.
Low-head dams may not appear dangerous, but the power of rushing water over these man-made structures can be deadly. Escaping the waters near a low-head dam is nearly impossible, and so Hoosiers should learn how to recognize these dams and how to stay safe around them.
Safely honor the armed forces members who gave their lives keeping America safe. Review these tips before the holiday gatherings begin.
- Use extreme caution when lighting fireworks in the wind. Keep spectators where the wind is blowing away from them.
- Do not operate a grill or campfire while intoxicated. Alcohol can impair movements and mental faculties, which makes performing potentially dangerous activities even more dangerous.
- Pace alcoholic drinks throughout the event, and consume a glass of water between every drink. Heat and alcohol dehydrates the body, making it more prone to heat illnesses and alcohol poisoning.
New Year's Eve
Waiting until the stroke of midnight to practice caution is unwise. Safely ring in the new year by following these safety tips.
- If attending the Times Square Ball Drop — or a similar event — leave valuables at home, notify loved ones, wear warm clothing and carry a charged cell phone at all times.
- Before leaving home, check weather notifications and local news stations for winter weather updates.
- Attend celebrations with a group of trusted friends and loved ones. Check on one another to promote safety.
For many Hoosiers, pets are important members of the household. Help keep them safe in an emergency by following these tips.
- Confirm potential evacuation locations that allow animals.
- Keep pets separated from unknown animals and people to prevent stress-related aggression.
- Never leave animals outdoors where they are vulnerable to the weather and can escape.
St. Patrick's Day
Leprechauns and shamrocks and green beer, oh my! St. Patrick’s Day in America is dedicated to everything that is Irish and green. Remember to celebrate responsibly and keep the injuries to a pinch for not wearing green.
- Before attending any festivities, choose a designated driver who is responsible for driving the group home.
- Call law enforcement immediately after seeing someone drive away while being intoxicated.
- To help prevent the potential of someone driving while intoxicated, designate someone to collect car keys and watch them throughout the festivities.
When people think about Thanksgiving the first thing that typically comes to mind is turkey. Not deep fryer explosion. Keep safety in mind when celebrating this year.
- Remove items away from the stovetop that could catch fire such as oven mitts, utensils, towels and food packages.
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby and never use water to douse a grease fire.
- Meat must be completely thawed before being placed in a deep fryer.
Many residential fires occur due to placing holiday decorations to close to heat sources. Decorations are a festive way to celebrate winter holidays, but it is important to remember safety when the decorating begins.
- Consider using an electronic kinara, advent wreath, menorah or other religious candleholder to lower the chances of a fire.
- Christmas trees should have a sturdy stand to prevent them from falling over.
- Keep poisonous plants such as poinsettias out of reach of pets and children, who may try to eat them.
The term “workplace violence” includes many behaviors, such as threats, harassment and intimidation, as well as physical violence and homicide. Overall, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 2 million American workers are victims of some form of workplace violence every year.
Youth Helmet Safety
Helmets are the most effective safety device available for bicycle accidents, and properly wearing a bicycle helmet greatly reduces the odds of severe head injuries. Read the guide to learn how to make sure a child's helmet fits and is worn correctly.
- Bicycle Helmet Safety Fact Sheet
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Comprehensive Helmet Safety Information
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
- In-Depth Analysis on Children and Wheeled-Sports Safety
Safe Kids Worldwide
- Bicycle Safety Tips Flyer
National Injury Prevention Foundation
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is observed nationwide every October on the same week as October 9, in recognition of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Learn fire safety tips during this week.
Get ShakIN' is an IDHS campaign focused on earthquake awareness and preparedness.
National Preparedness Month
Every September is National Preparedness Month. It is a time to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies, which can happen any time.
Severe Weather Preparedness Week
Each March, IDHS collaborates with the National Weather Service (NWS) during Severe Weather Preparedness Week to remind and educate Hoosiers about seasonal severe weather threats and how to effectively prepare for them.
Winter Weather Preparedness Week
Every November, IDHS collaborates with the National Weather Service (NWS) during Winter Weather Preparedness Week to remind and educate Hoosiers about seasonal severe weather threats and how to effectively prepare for them.
Get Prepared is a public education campaign of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.IDHS
Get Prepared is a public education campaign of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.