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FEMA have working smoke alarmsIt is almost time to spring forward for Daylight Saving Time (DST).

When setting your clock ahead one hour for DST Sunday, March 11, make sure your smoke alarms are working, and check that the batteries have plenty of charge. It is also a great time to check the expiration dates of your emergency supplies.

Governor Kay Ivey has declared February 18-23, 2018, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. Advance planning and increased awareness can help you survive these deadly storms.

Severe weather can develop quickly. When severe weather develops and warnings are issued take immediate actions to protect yourself and others.

The use of three dimensional (3D) printers is rapidly expanding. This innovative technology can create everything from manufacturing prototypes and biological scaffolds to buildings. The processes using 3D print technology are not without hazards. Toxic volatile chemicals, ultra fine (nano) particles and even biological contaminants may be generated depending on the equipment and applications.

The most common desktop 3D printers use molten polymers, either acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) or polylactic acid (PLA), as the filament ink. Both of these materials emit numerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs), many of them toxic. In addition to VOCs, the printing process generates nano particles which pose a respiratory hazard.