No Safety Topic for the week of 2/28/14.
IFD Safety Topic week of 2/21/14:
The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be informed on what to do if someone is having a SEIZURE
. ***According to the Epilepsy Foundation: Epilepsy affects 2.2 million Americans of all ages and one in 10 people have had a seizure.***What is a Seizure?
"Seizure" is a general term that refers to a sudden malfunction in the brain that causes someone to collapse, convulse, or have another temporary disturbance of normal brain function, often with a loss or change in consciousness. Symptoms may vary depending on the part of the brain involved, but often include unusual sensations, uncontrollable muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.What do you do if a family member or friend experiences a seizure?
First aid for seizures involves responding in ways that can keep the person safe until the seizure stops by itself. Here are a few things you can do to help someone who is having seizure:
- Call 9-1-1 and keep calm.
- Prevent injury by clearing the area around the person of anything hard or sharp.
- Ease the person to the floor and put something soft and flat, like a folded jacket, under their head.
- Remove eyeglasses and loosen ties or anything around the neck that may make breathing difficult.
- Do not hold the person down or try to stop their movements.
- Turn the person gently onto one side. This will help keep the airway clear.
- Stay with the person until emergency personnel arrive.
- Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns.
IFD Safety Topic week of 2/14/14:
The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to remember the importance of TURNING OFF AND/OR UNPLUGGING HEATING DEVICES like curling irons, coffee makers and clothing irons before leaving the home.
***According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), over 968 fires occur annually due to these heating devices causing over 31 million dollars in damage.***
We are all in a rush in the morning getting ready for work or school, we need to slow down and keep safety in mind before we leave our home. A faulty device can cause an electrical fire that can be devastating. Get into the habit of unplugging, just to be safe.
IFD Safety Topic week of 2/7/14:
The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be aware of the importance of knowing how to perform CPR. According to the American Heart Association, 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Do you know what to do if a family member or friend suddenly goes into cardiac arrest and collapses?
We all think we will never have a need to use CPR, but the fact of the matter is, cardiac arrest can affect anyone at anytime, including family members and friends. That is why the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to learn how to use Hands-Only CPR.
Hands-Only CPR, performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as “conventional” CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public. There are only two steps to remember when performing Hands-Only CPR:
1) Call 911
2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
WHY LEARN CPR?
Cardiac arrests are more common than you think.
- Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
- Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
- Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.
- For every minute that CPR is not being done, your loved one has an additional 10% chance of not surviving.
For more information about the importance of knowing how to perform CPR and to view an instructional video on how simple it is to do, go to: www.handsonlycpr.org
IFD Safety Topic week of 1/31/14:
According to the American Heart Association, about 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people new CPR, more lives could be saved. That is why the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to know what CPR is.
WHAT IS CPR?
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. The use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans don’t know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims CPR can save lives. The purpose of CPR is to keep the heart pumping and provide a continuous flow of oxygen to the lungs and brain until emergency care arrives.
What is Cardiac Arrest?
Cardiac arrest is when your heart stops beating. If cardiac arrest occurs, blood will stop circulating around the body. Breathing will also cease as well though it may not stop completely for several minutes. Without a supply of oxygen, the cells in the body start to die. Brain cells are incredibly sensitive, after about 4 – 5 minutes of no oxygen brain cells will begin dying leading to brain damage and death.
Learn CPR and help make a difference!
IFD Safety Topic week of 1/24/14:
Did you know that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them? Many of us do not think about a fire starting in our clothes dryer, but it is very important to keep it clean and free of lint buildup to prevent this from happening.
The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to KEEP YOUR CLOTHING DRYER CLEAN AND FREE OF LINT BUILDUP. Please keep these safety tips in mind the next time your drying your clothes:
- Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn.
- Do not use the dryer without a lint filter and make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
- Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
- Dryers should be properly grounded.
- During the winter months, check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.
- Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
- Do not overload your dryer.
- Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
- Keep dryers in good working order.
- Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.
Remember, always call 9-1-1 even if the fire is a small fire.
IFD Safety Topic week of 1/17/14:
Does your home or business have a fire extinguisher? Do you know how to use it? The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to have and know how to use FIRE EXTINGUISHERS at home and at your business.
Please remember to only use a fire extinguisher when:
- The fire is confined to a small area
- The fire is not growing
- Everyone has exited the building
- The fire department has been called or is being called
- The room is not filled with smoke
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
- Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
- Make sure you keep your back to a clear exit when using an extinguisher so you can make an easy escape
Remember, fire extinguishers have limitations. Always call 9-1-1 even if the fire is a small fire.
IFD Safety Topic week of 1/10/14:
While removing holiday lights or decorations or doing work around your house or business, the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be safe when CLIMBING LADDERS. There are so many injuries every year from the improper use of ladders, just one simple mistake has the potential of causing serious injury or even death.
Please keep the following safety tips in mind when using a ladder:
- Place ladder on level and firm ground
- Set ladder locks
- Don't climb to high (two rungs below top)
- Face ladder as you climb up and down
- Watch doors as you climb (make sure people know if you are climbing a ladder near a closed door)
- Use a safe shoe while climbing
- Don't reach out, instead move the ladder
- If working outdoors, watch overhead for power lines
IFD Safety Topic week of 1/3/14:
The Irving Fire Department wants to remind everyone that conducting a HOME OR BUSINESS FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION is very important. Looking for fire hazards and having the appropriate fire preventative devices in your home or place of business can help avoid a fire tragedy.
Here is a list of the top ten things to look for when conducting a fire safety inspection:
- Have working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives, make sure you test them once a month and change the batteries twice a year when changing the clock for daylight savings.
- Have an appropriate size fire extinguisher for your home or business and know how to use it.
- Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. Create and practice a fire escape plan and make sure all exits are marked and unobstructed.
- Is there an address visible from the street or fire lane? Emergency personnel should to be able to see your address from a distance to quickly identify where help is needed.
- Inspect your electrical cords. Make sure they are not damaged or in an area where they can be damaged. Do not run cords under a rug or carpet or through doorways and use the proper size.
- Regularly check electrical outlets to ensure that they are not overloaded and make sure to have electrical covers when outlets are not in use.
- Make sure all areas in and around your home or business are kept free from accumulated materials, paper, trash and other combustible materials.
- Use an approved container when storing or handling flammable and combustible liquids. Do not store anything that will burn in a central heat or water heater closet.
- Keep or maintain a three-foot clearance between all heating equipment and anything that can burn.
- Safely dispose of cigarettes in ashtrays or designated containers. Carelessly discarded cigarettes start many fires.
Remember early notification can make all the difference — in case of fire, call 911 even if the fire is a small fire.
IFD Safety Topic week of 12/27/13:
The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to have fun during the new year celebrations but be safe when DRIVING. Whether driving around the block or across town, we want everyone to drive safely.
Please keep these simple tips in mind if you get behind the wheel:
- Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle, no matter how short the trip.
- Encourage passengers in the car to buckle up, including those in the back seat.
- Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to his/her height, weight, and age.
- Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let someone else drink and drive.
Remember to Include SAFETY in your 2013 New Year's resolution
IFD Safety Topic week of 12/20/13:
The holidays are a time for families and friends to gather, but that also means a greater risk for fire. That is why the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be safe when entertaining family and friends over the holidays by keeping the following safety tips in mind:
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out anywhere in the home. See that each family member knows what to do. Tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Keep matches, lighters and candles out of the reach of children preferably up high in a locked cabinet; also keep pets away from lit candles.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
- Plan for safety. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees and/or electrical connections.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside and remind them to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE IRVING FIRE DEPARTMENT!
IFD Safety Topic week of 12/13/13:
The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be careful when placing LIGHTS and DECORATIONS during the holidays. The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when a fire occurs. By taking simple precautions, people can avoid potential fire hazards, and make this time of year a healthy and happy one.
Please keep these safety tips in mind:
- Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the label from an independent testing laboratory.
- Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.
- Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage.
- Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
- Always turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire.
Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials. In homes with small children, take special care to:
- Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable.
- Keep decorations with small removable parts out of the reach of children. Pieces could be swallowed or inhaled.
- Avoid decorations that resemble candy or food. A child could eat them.