***According to Safe Kids USA, research shows that one out of every six drivers in school zones is distracted by the use of cell phones, eating, drinking, smoking, reaching behind, grooming and reading.***
Back to school season is here and the Irving Fire Department reminds everyone to please DRIVE SAFELY, ESPECIALLY IN SCHOOL ZONES. As drivers we all need to stay very alert for children running or playing near traffic.
Please keep these simple safety tips in mind when taking your kids to school or driving through a school zone:
The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone to HAVE A HOME AND VEHICLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER. A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely.
***Remember to always call 911 even if the fire is a small fire***
***According to Safe Kids USA, every minute of every day, a poison control center receives a call about a potential medicine poisoning for a child age five and under and 64,000 times each year, or every eight minutes, a young child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning.***
The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone to please KEEP YOUR MEDICATIONS IN A SECURE PLACE AND OUT OF REACH FROM CHILDREN. Children have little sense of what is safe and unsafe, especially when it comes to understanding the dangers of medicine, that is why it is important for medications to be stored secure and away from children.
Please keep these simple safety tips in mind when dealing with medications and children:
***According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), COOKING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF HOME FIRES and home injuries. More than 150,000 fires a year are related to cooking with unattended cooking being the leading contributing factor in these fires.***
The Irving Fire Department asks you to remember these fire safety tips when COOKING, to prevent fires:
***According to Safe Kids USA, 52 percent of heat stroke deaths among children in vehicles occurred when the child was “forgotten” by a distracted parent or caregiver; 29 percent of deaths occurred when young children gained access to an unlocked, unattended vehicle or trunk; and 18 percent occurred when a child was intentionally left in a vehicle.***
The Irving Fire Department asks for everyone to please keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent a tragedy:
As a reminder for parents, the Fire department provides free Don’t Forget the Baby window static clings to Irving residents. For more information, call (972) 721-2514.
***According to statistics, heat waves can be deadly. Extreme heat was the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States from 2000 through 2009. From 1999 through 2009, extreme heat exposure caused more than 7,800 deaths in the United States.***
The Irving Fire Department asks everyone to please make a special effort to CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS DURING A HEAT WAVE, especially if they are seniors, young children or people with special needs. Many older residents live alone and could suffer unnecessarily in the heat because they are isolated from friends and family. That is why we remind everyone to please TAKE CARE OF OUR NEIGHBORS.
For more information about heat waves and what to do, click on the following link: American Red Cross - Heat Wave
***According to National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.*** The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone to be informed on what to do if you experience CHEST PAIN related to the heat. Chest pain can come on suddenly at any time and is not just stroke or heart attack related, but can also be a sign of a heat-related illness.
If you, a family member or a friend experience the following symptoms after being exposed to the heat, please call 9-1-1 immediately:
***Remember, keep hydrated when participating in activities outdoors.***
For more information or more health tips on how to prevent heat-related illnesses, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at the following link: CDC - Extreme Heat
***According to the Texas Department of Transportation, wearing a seat belt reduces risk of being injured in a serious crash by 45%.***
Whether travelling out of town, or around town, the Irving Fire Department asks everyone to please keep the following SEATBELT SAFETY tips in mind:
***Statistics show that fireworks have been directly involved in 17,800 reported fires resulting in direct damage estimated at $32 million dollars with six firework-related deaths resulting from illegal or homemade fireworks.***
The Irving Fire Department asks everyone to enjoy but be safe this coming 4th of July. Please keep the following safety tips in mind:
To view more statistics and information on fireworks from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, click on the following link: Consumer Fireworks: Are They Really "Safe and Sane?"
***According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, on average, 38 children die in the U.S. each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles.***
The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in an hour- even when outside air temperatures are in the 70's! The Irving Fire Department asks that everyone please keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent a tragedy:
As a reminder for parents, the Fire department provides free Don’t Forget the Baby window static clings to Irving residents. For more information, call (972) 721-2651.
Be it cleaning gutters, trimming trees or working on the roof, the Irving Fire Department asks everyone to be safe this summer when climbing on a LADDER. ***According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year there are more than 100,000 emergency room-treated injuries and more than 300 fatalities in the U.S. relating to ladders.***
Please keep the following LADDER SAFETY tips in mind:
For more information on proper ladder use and ladder safety go to: www.laddersafety.org
As the summer days get hotter, we begin to resort to the pool and lakes to cool off. ***According to Safe Kids USA, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old and it’s the third leading cause of death among children.***
The Irving Fire Department asks everyone to please keep the following WATER SAFETY tips in mind this summer:
For more water safety tips go to: http://www.safekids.org/watersafety
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?
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.
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: IFD - Learn CPR
The Irving Fire Department asks everyone to commemorate but be safe this MEMORIAL DAY weekend. Please keep the following safety tips in mind:
***According to the National Safety Council, falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency department annually.***
The Irving Fire Department asks that everyone please keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent SLIPS AND FALLS:
Remember, May 18-24 is National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week.
For more Injury Prevention Tips, go to: www.emergencycareforyou.org
*MAY IS ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH*
***According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year, electrical failures are the cause of 43,900 home fires, resulting in 438 deaths, 1,430 injuries and $1.47 billion in property damage.***
The Irving Fire Department asks that everyone please keep these ELECTRICAL safety tips in mind: