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DIAL 911  FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY.  In most areas you can call 311 for city service information and non emergency calls.  In some areas you can call 211 for general information about a variety of topics.  Check to see if your area has started either 211 or 311 help lines.

 

This page is for old general safety tips that pertains to Fire, EMS and Police together and items of public interest.

 
Pet Safety Tips

 

July 15, is National Pet Fire Safety Day.  It is estimated that approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fire annually.  The National Fire Protection Association has collected data showing nearly 1,000 home fires were caused by household pets each year.  Here are some tips you can use to help keep you pets safe!

 

        Extinguish all open flames when leaving a room.  Pets can be curious and they like to check out candles, fireplaces, cooking appliances etc.

        Remove stove knobs when your stove is not in use or invest in a cover to keep pets from accidentally hitting them and turning them on.

        Use flameless candles if you have pets.  They are battery operatored and have light bulbs instead of an open flame.  Cats and dogs can be notorious for knocking over candles with their tails.

        Never use glass bowls outside.  Glass bowls can filter the sunís rays like a magnifying glass and heat up and ignite wood on a deck and can cause a fire.

        Pet proof your home.  Walk around and look for potential fire hazards, such as loose wires.

        Keep pets near entrances to the home when you are away. That way, fire fighters can get to them right away in the case of a fire.

        Keep your pets secure, especially puppies.  Keep them confined away from fire safety hazards, behind baby gates, or in crates when you are not at home.

        Practice escape routes with pets.  Keep collars and leashes near exits in case you and your pet need to evacuate in case of an emergency.

        Consider using monitoring devices connected to a monitoring center to help save pets that cannot escape when left at home.

        Use pet alert window clings.  Write down the number and type of pets in your home and attach the cling to you window or door.

 

Free pet alert clings are available through the AKC and www.nvfc.org/windowclings, www.adt.com/pets.  You can also check with your local fire department and see if they have any clings available.

 

Pets are a part of every ones family and we want to keep them safe, just like we would keep our human families safe.  The preceding information should help keep you do just that as a year round process.

 

Source:  AKC, FEMA, and U.S. Fire Administration

 
 
With the tragic earthquake that hit Haiti last week, we have all been reminded of how much need and suffering there can be in the world.  It is times like this where the best of people can come out in the worst situations.  People are giving in record numbers to end the suffering there.  However, it is times like these where scammers like to make a quick buck and steal from good, decent and generous people.  We want to remind you to give to reputable charities only, such as American Red Cross, The Salvation Army or other reputable organizations.  A great resource for determining the honesty and reputability of a charity is CharityNavagator.org.  They have a five star ratings system that grades charities.  In the event you feel youíve been scammed while attempting to donate, contact your local or state police or the FBI for information and assistance.
 
Posted 12/26/2009
 
1.  Roads aren't Playgrounds

 

2.  Look both ways before crossing streets

 

3.  Cross at a corners not in middle of block

 

4.  Wear light colors at night

 

5.  Highways are not walkways -

         stay out of road

 
Turkey Fryers
 
Dangers:

 

  Units can easily tip over

 

  If the cooking pot is overfilled, oil can spill out of the pot when turkey is placed in oil.  Oil can reach the burner or flames, causing a fire.

 

  Turkeys that havenít thawed completely can cause the oil to spill over.  This can cause the oil to start an extensive fire.

 

  Many fryers do not have thermostatic controls and have a potential to overheat oil to a point where it can cause a fire.

 

  The handles and lid can get dangerously hot and present a burn danger.

 

Safety Info:

 

  Turkey fryers should always be used outside and away from buildings, trees, fences and anything else that is potentially flammable.  They should also be kept in full view while in use.

 

Never leave a turkey fryer unattended.  Many fryers do not have thermostatic controls.  If a fryer is not carefully supervised at all times while in use, oil can continue to heat until it catches fire.

 

  Never allow children or pets near the fryer even while it is not in use.  The oil in the fryer can remain dangerously hour for hours after the fryer is turned off.

 

  Do not overfill the pot, it can spill over.

 

  Use well insulated pot-holders or oven mitts when handling the pot or lid.  It is also a good idea to wear safety goggles for eye protection in case of oil splatter.

 

Turkey should be completely thawed before placing in fryer.  Also be careful with marinades.  Oil and water do not mix.  Water can cause oil to spill over causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.

 

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