Kashiwa City Community Newspaper 2018.03.01
Spring fire prevention activities March 1 to 7 (Wednesday)
It is important for each and every one of us to make an effort towards fire prevention. Stop fires before they start by making sure that sources of fire are properly put out.
“Fire Precaution – Make it a rule, make it a habit”
In 2017, there were 80 incidents of fire breaking out in Kashiwa City. Compared to the previous year, there were 15 fewer incidents of fire. Of the incidents in 2017, there were 34 incidents of building fire, 0 incidents of field or forest fire, 8 vehicle fires, and 38 incidents of fire outside of those categories. The causes of these fires were arson (including suspected arson), cigarettes, and electrical.
There were 15 casualties as a result of the fires, and of those casualties, 3 people died, and 12 people were wounded.
“Make an environment that is not vulnerable to arson”, “Do not smoke in bed”, “Keep your heater away from things that can easily catch fire”, “Turn off the burner every time you step away from your gas cooktop”. Make these rules a habit, and prevent fires.
Fire Prevention Division – Phone: 04-7133-8792 Fax: 04-7133-0109
Don't let the memories of 3/11 fade away - Steps we can take to be prepared for a disaster
It will soon be 7 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011. Even in Kashiwa City, the earthquake was recorded at a seismic intensity of upper 5, some buildings were damaged, and over 2,000 people had difficulty returning home from work or school.
Let's use the lessons we have learned from the earthquake to take a fresh look at disaster prevention and mitigation, and get in the right frame of mind so that we can make sensible decisions and take action calmly in the event of a disaster.
Steps we can take to be prepared for a disaster
・Have a family meeting
The most important thing is for each person to prepare to take care of his or her own necessities and be self-sufficient. Prepare for the event of a disaster, and make it a routine to discuss disaster prevention and mitigation in your home and workplace.
・Keep a supply of food, water, and household medicine
You will need at least a 3-day supply of food and drinking water. It is important to make disaster preparation an ongoing routine, with things you use on a regular basis. For example, make it a habit to keep the water in the bathtub without draining it. Also, don't forget to prepare an emergency supply at your workplace as well.
・Take part in your local disaster prevention drills
Make an effort to communicate with the people in your neighborhood on a regular basis. Participate in your local disaster prevention drills to get to know your neighbors as well as to prepare for a disaster.
・Make sure you know the route to the evacuation areas
In order to reach the evacuation areas safely, become familiar with several different routes to get there.
・Do a safety check inside and outside your home
Make sure that you do not put any furniture or electronic appliances that could topple or fall in the bedroom, or in a room used by children or elderly people. Also, make sure your escape routes are clear, and do not leave things in the hallways or in your entrances and exits.
・Make sure you have a way to contact your family members
In the event of a disaster, it will be difficult to make contact using your cell phone. Make sure you know how to use communication methods such as the "Disaster Emergency Message Dial 171".
A test of the emergency wireless broadcast system will be done
Date and time: Wednesday, March 14, 11:00am
Content of broadcast: Chime ➡ “This is a test of J-alert” (3 times) ➡ “This is Disaster Prevention Kashiwa” ➡ Chime
Disaster Prevention and Safety Division - Phone: 04-7167-1115 Fax: 04-7163-2188