Please help our firefighters in case on an emergency by keeping the fire hydrant near your home or business clear. If you are disabled or a Senior citizens and unable to do so, please contact the fire department at 440-953-4343 so that we can assist you in making arrangements for us to help you. Thank You in advance for your assistance we greatly appreciate it.
The Fourth of July weekend is here, and many are only thinking of festive gatherings with family and friends not their safety. So here are some things to keep in mind this summer!
WATER AND SWIMMING SAFETY – Weather at the beach, on the lake or at the pool, use safety precautions.
- Supervise young children around the water.
- Always use life jackets and secure personal flotation devices.
- Avoid alcohol while supervising children and before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing.
- Shower before you enter the pool and do not swim if you are sick.
- Be aware of the local weather conditions and forecast, especially watch for thunderstorms.
- Know and obey the posted warnings about beach conditions.
- Pay attention to lifeguards and posted instructions.
- Prevent access to water when pools are not in use.
SUN AND HEAT – Protect yourself against sunburn and heat illness.
- Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside.
- Increase your intake of fluids–drink more liquids than your thirst indicates; avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose fitting clothing.
- Be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms: heavy sweating,weakness,dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, and fast and shallow breathing.
- If present, be sure to move the person to a cooler place; remove or loosen tight clothing; apply cool wet cloths; and give cool water to drink slowly.
- Be aware of hear stroke symptoms–hot, dry skin, hallucinations, chills,throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness and slurred speech.
- If present, be sure to call 911; quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap sheets around them; if the victim refuses water, is vomiting or shows decreased level of consciousness, do not give them anything to drink.
Have a Great Summer and Be Safe!
Change Batteries this Weekend!
Fire Departments are urging people to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend for Daylight Saving Time. This year, Daylight Saving Time ends (fall back), on Sunday, November 3rd. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.
It is estimated that there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths between 2006 and 2008.
Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. It is recommended all homes have smoke alarms on every level, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.
The CPSC estimates there was an annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products between 2006 and 2008. CO is called the “invisible killer,” because it is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills.
That is why it is important to have a working CO alarm in the home.
The Willoughby Fire Department has a FREE smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector program.
Contact the Willoughby Fire Department at 440-953-4343 if you would like to schedule a smoke detector evaluation and/or an install.