IFD Safety Topic week of 8/15/14:

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.

  • Please remember to only use a portable fire extinguisher when:
  • The fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket
  • 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

***Remember to always call 911 even if the fire is a small fire***

IFD Safety Topic week of 8/8/14:

***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:

  • Store medicine in a locked cabinet.
  • Use child-resistant caps for added security.
  • Keep medicine in its original container.
  • If you get called to the phone or front door while you're administering medicine to yourself or your child, don't leave the container behind where your child could get a hold of it.
  • Keep the poison control center number handy and in your phone: 1-800-222-1222
  • Carefully discard of unused medicine. Click here for safety tips on throwing out unused medicine

IFD Safety Topic week of 8/1/14:

***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:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Turn all pot/skillet handles inwards so that they do not extend beyond the front of the stove top.

IFD Safety Topic week of 7/25/14:

***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:

  • NEVER leave infants, children or pets in a parked car—even if the windows are slightly open. 
  • Put something that will be needed for work—cell phone, briefcase, employee badge, etc.—in the backseat.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front as a reminder. 
  • When leaving, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook children who may have fallen asleep. 
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area. 
  • Call 911 to report a child unattended in a vehicle.

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.

IFD Safety Topic week of 7/18/14:

***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

IFD Safety Topic week of 7/11/14:

***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:

  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Inability to drink fluids
  • Fainting, nausea or vomiting
  • Temperature more than 104 F (40 C)
  • Temperature that is rising despite attempts to cool the person
  • Loss of consciousness, confusion or delirium

***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

IFD Safety Topic week of 7/4/14:

***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:

  • Always buckle up before driving or riding in a car. This goes for everyone in the vehicle, whether you’re sitting in the front or the back.
  • Wear the lap belt low across the hips and below your stomach.
  • Wear the shoulder belt over your collarbone, away from your neck. It should cross over your chest. In most new cars, you can adjust shoulder belts to improve their height and fit.
  • A seat belt that works properly will keep you at a safe distance from the dashboard and the airbag.
  • Children should never sit in the front passenger seat until they reach at least age 13.
  • Secure all young children in proper child safety seats.

IFD Safety Topic week of 6/27/14:

***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:

Firework Safety

  • The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks is PROHIBITED in the City of Irving.
  • The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays. Click on the following link for more information on the City’s plan to celebrate this holiday: City of Irving 4th of July Celebration

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?"

Grilling Safety

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Please note: Irving Fire Code prohibits the use of any grill, hibachi or smoker within 10 feet of a building or overhang

IFD Safety Topic week of 6/20/14:

***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:

  • NEVER leave infants, children or pets in a parked car—even if the windows are slightly open.
  • Put something that will be needed for work—cell phone, briefcase, employee badge, etc.—in the backseat.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front as a reminder.
  • When leaving, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook children who may have fallen asleep.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Call 911 to report a child unattended in a vehicle.

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.

IFD Safety Topic week of 6/13/14:

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:

  • STAY AWARE OF POWER LINES!
  • Stand your ladder on flat ground and stand in the center of a ladder step
  • Never use a folding ladder when it is closed – open the ladder and press side locks into place
  • While on a ladder, do not reach to the side and do not push or pull anything
  • To reach a roof, use a ladder that is at least three feet higher than the edge of the roof
  • Be careful when on a roof – roofs are usually slick, sloped and high above the ground

For more information on proper ladder use and ladder safety go to: www.laddersafety.org

IFD Safety Topic week of 6/6/14:

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:

  • Children should always swim under the supervision of an adult.
  • Never leave a child alone when near a body of water – even if it is less than a few inches.
  • Always stay within an arm’s reach of your child when he or she is in or near the bathtub, pools, spas or buckets.
  • Use fences and other barriers to keep kids away from pools when you’re not around.
  • Learn infant and child CPR and always have a phone near the pool for emergency use.
  • Teach kids water safety rules too.

For more water safety tips go to: http://www.safekids.org/watersafety

IFD Safety Topic week of 5/30/14:

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?

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: IFD - Learn CPR

IFD Safety Topic week of 5/23/14:

The Irving Fire Department asks everyone to commemorate but be safe this MEMORIAL DAY weekend. Please keep the following safety tips in mind:

Grilling Safety

  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department.

Travel Safety

  • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle, no matter how short the trip.
  • 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.

IFD Safety Topic week of 5/16/14:

***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:

  • Clean up all spills immediately
  • Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas
  • Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them from slipping
  • Remove tripping hazards (paper, boxes, books, clothes, toys, shoes) from stairs and walkways
  • Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages immediately
  • Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels 

Remember, May 18-24 is National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week.
For more Injury Prevention Tips, go to: www.emergencycareforyou.org

IFD Safety Topic week of 5/9/14:

*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:

  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
  • Use extension cords for temporary wiring only.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.