Monday, 29 September 2014 20:23
Friday, 26 September 2014 20:41
The Newtown Square Fire Company is making available easy-to-follow set of steps to make a safety tool that helps eliminate the dangers of attempting to remove a stubborn piece of toast or an oversized bagel that has become wedged inside an electric toaster. The warnings included in a recently prepared Safety Warning instructed readers to avoid the temptation to use any metal or other hard plastic item for removal of any wedged item.
If the area kitchen supply providers do not market a Removal Tong, there is an alternative source. Create your own Removal Tong. This will aid in making your very own and save your fingers, avoiding the dangers of working with electric wires.
Most of the supplies you will need for this build at home set of Safety Tongs can be found around the house or found at a Craft Supply Store.
After viewing the picture, below, the simple, easy to construct tongs can become a part of a safe kitchen.
The finished product
large craft sticks (the fat ones!),
markers and craft glue
1. Assemble the sticks, wooden clothespins and craft glue
2. Glue the craft stick to the clothespin with the end of the clothespin (the part you squeeze) to the ends of the craft stick. Any young helpers can contribute to the Safety Tongs by adding art to the craft sticks.
3 This project is so simple, no difficult steps or procedures are needed. Why not make several.
Friday, 26 September 2014 20:14
Caring parents and grandparents employ many tools and skills to prevent injuries to the young people in their lives. One of the more common safety practices seen by Newtown Square firefighters is the use of the plastic devices that fit into wall electric receptacles. While simple, they prevent curious children from inserting objects into the inviting receptacle openings.
Newtown Square firefighters are equally aware of the preventable death or injury shortcuts done by adults when the attempt to dislodge stubborn bread or bagels from a toaster that is “plugged in.” By using a metal kitchen utensil, such as knife or fork, this adult act of taking a short cut can be a fatal- or injuring-mistake.
Some people try to remove the items being wedged in the toaster by first unplugging the toaster. Commenting on the dangers of metal utensil making contact with the heat-producing interior wiring of an unplugged toaster, Deputy Chief George Guyer IV warned, “Even if a removal is attempted on an unplugged toaster there still may be dangers.”
Newtown Square’s deputy fire chief added if there is the use of any rigid device, metal or nonmetal, the unseen heating wires can be moved from their supports. When the toaster is plugged-in after an improper food removal procedure, a possible unknown relocation of these heating wires may make contact with the exterior housing resulting in electric shock potential or produce a fire.
The local fire fighters suggest the purchase or construction of Safety Removal Tongs. This change from the tempting reach for a fork, knife, or other improper removal tool to a set of Safety Removal Tong assures family safety.
Anyone desiring to construct a set of home-made Safety Removal Tongs may find simple, yet effective tong construction instructions on the Newtown Square Fire Company Webpage www.nsfc.org this project can become a multiple generational event.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:47
Predicting the weather is a task that demands a combination of dedication, experience, and training. In the near future the local television weather prediction providers will offer their long range forecast for winter.
This area experienced a summer that produced some very comforting needs for air conditioning, yet there were fewer 90-degree days than in recent years. The Newtown Square Fire Company, while not weather forecaster, does have its own timely prediction.
There will be an end to the seasonal warmth of summer. Regardless of when this weather change occurs, the Newtown Square Fire Company suggests now is a good time to prepare for the chills of late autumn and winter. The home’s heating system has been on vacation and this is the time to have this important comfort-assuring part of soon-to-be daily living given an inspection, and if needed, a cold-weather tune up.
This seasonal suggestion applies to both gas- and oil-fueled heating system. Chief Doug Everlof reminds residents, “Both systems involve the burning of a fuel. Unless these comfort-producing apparatus are clean, inspected, and given any needed attention or repairs there are potential, serious dangers.”
If a home heating system malfunctions, there is the danger of fire. As the Newtown Square Fire Company begins its participation in October’s Fire Prevention programs, this is a wise time to add fire prevention and an assurance of heating for the cold weather season for the homes in Newtown Square.
The cooler nights, as well as the calendar and common sense all combine to be a motivation for the residential fire prevention activity of having a seasonal inspection of the home heating system. If this safety suggestion is ignored, the result can be uncomfortable living or an emergency visit by the Fire Company.
Your local firefighters share with weather forecasters the same characteristics of dedication, experience, and training. Any residents viewing their favorite weather reports and forecasts on cable or satellite systems and who have not yet remembered to answer the Newtown Square Fund Drive request, the firefighters suggest that a donation equal to the family’s monthly cable bill would be appreciated.
As volunteers, these firefighters do not receive the salaries the local weather providers receive. Newtown Square firefighters provide many hours of protective services each day, instead of the few minutes of daily activities done by weather information providers. While they are not salaried, these unpaid professionals freely come into homes and lives; these volunteers do so without pay.
Monday, 11 August 2014 22:10
Date: Sunday – September 28, 2014
Rain Date: Sunday – October 05, 2014
The Newtown Square Fire Company Auxiliary will hold its 68th Semi Annual Flea Market, Sunday September 28, 2014.
If you would like to be a vendor, the registration form is available on the Downloads section of our web page NSFC.org to reserve one space for $30. Or, $35 the day of. (A space is the width of two parking spots, 16 feet.)
There will be something for everyone. In addition to hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, doughnuts, soft drinks, and a great day of treasure hunting.
All proceeds will benefit the Newtown Square Volunteer Fire Company through the efforts of the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary meets on the first Tuesday of each month.
If would like to participate in projects such as these to assist the fire company, become a member of the Auxiliary.
Thursday, 07 August 2014 17:08
This is the time of the year some residents are seriously striving to obtain a recognizable summer tan. There are dangers from the exposure to the radiation from the sun. Mrs. Lisa Migliori, formerly the Assistant Chief for EMS prior to the removal of volunteer EMS Services, is currently is an instructor in the Delaware County Community College EMT curriculum.
She has both experience and training that deals with the dangers of the summer sun. She has experienced the problems of skin damage from the over-exposure to the sun. Like others in her generation, Migliori was lacking in more-recently shared warnings about sunburn-related cancers.
Mrs. Migliori warns that with the arrival of summer, it is impossible to live within cocoon. The alternative, preventative steps include exposure restrictions and the proper use of the appropriate protective sunscreen material.
Sunscreen materials with a high SPF and a proper application and replenishment of all sunburn prevention materials combine to become helpers in the protection and cancer-prevention process. She advised, “Some people try to ‘spread their sunscreen too thinly. If less than the recommended amount is used, what may have been a high protection label number, such as an SPS 50 or greater product, is not achieving the desired level of protection. When applied too sparingly, the actual safety could be as little as a single digit amount of protection.”
Another misconception that has only recently been publicized is the topic of waterproof sunscreen products. The only guarantee for prolonged protection is to reapply sunscreen when leaving the water or when perspiring. “Again, please don’t be stingy,” advises the Newtown Square Fire Company’s retired Assistant Chief-EMS.
Following a reoccurring reminder shared by the local volunteer firefighters, “. . . . read the label” is another step in sunburn-fostered cancers. Look for the documentation that states a sunscreen product is effective for both UVA and UVB radiation reduction.
There are two areas that are often neglected in the sun-protection process. Both the lips and the eyes need safety protection. These areas of the body are often not included in the steps used provide protection from the adverse effects of solar radiation.
A wet garment is not a guarantee of the desired protection. Only recently there has been the development of lightweight outer clothing that provides the blocking of the unwanted rays. Again, follow the Newtown Square Fire Company’s safety reminder and ‘read the label.’
While the body needs vitamin D, there must also be a dose of safety when obtaining this vitamin from the sun. While the sun is an available source of this vitamin, this solar source also produces forms of radiation that are identified with cancer.
This is the time of the year when far too many people augment their tan by moving to tanning booths. This source of radiation is once more being viewed as a dangerous alternative to spray or cream-based skin color changes that resemble a tan.
Proper use of the properly rated sunscreens, avoiding the high radiation times of the day, and heeding the smart, common sense warnings all go a long way in the prevention of sun-related cancers. EMS Instructor Migliori openly warned, “The tanned skin of today can easily turn into a severe, possibly life-threating problem in the future. Heed and read the labels and also include a dose of common sense when out in the sun.”
The research about the relationship between radiation and skin cancer continues. While no longer providing emergency health care, the Newtown Square Fire Company continues to share health-safety concerns and steps of prevention.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 18:23
If asked about the differences between the winter- and summer-weather, Newtown Square area residents will begin a long list of these differences. Fire Chief Doug Everlof offered an observation, “At the first news of possible severe winter weather possibilities, area people trek to the food stores for perceived necessities in case they are unable to do normal activities.”
Continuing his observation, Newtown Square’s fire chief added, “In the summer, when learning of the approach of possible damaging weather the same residents traditionally do nothing. Instead, for many, the common practice is waiting to view the televised damage stories from the New Jersey shore.”
This area of Delaware County has been spared the devastation experienced by the Jersey shore during repetitive seasonal storms. Because of our location, this area has have been spared from a yearly testing of our individual and neighborhood storm preparedness. Many people have forgotten severe storm damages that have made their way into this part of Pennsylvania.
The result of only the rare, seriously damaging storms is an unfortunately exhibited complacency that endangers lives and property. If hurricane winds and rain were to “visit” our area, this lack of preparation could be crippling and add to the total effects of such a storm.
Chief Everlof reminded residents the preventive steps practiced by experienced storm survivors include planned food and water reserves. He explained, “By neglecting to follow the storm-watchers advice, there will be challenges to the comforts and safety of daily living. Residents must assemble these simple, but special storm resources.”
Without communications, there is a loss in establishing ways of being informed of approaching storm activities, as well as not being able to keep informed of post-storm evacuation and survival statements. One form of being informed is provided through enrollment in Newtown Township’s Code Red alert process, Registration in this activity begins by visiting https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/3BA007D8B218 These warnings includes a selection of delivery methods—including TDD TTY and Text Messages (standard text messaging rates apply), and e-mail messaging. Enrolled residents can receive both EMERGENCY and GENERAL notifications.
Battery-powered radio, with extra batteries, or hand-cranked radios can be a welcomed source of information in any emergency. The entire family must be made aware of the location and the use of this communication tool. Also have several flashlights with batteries and a loud whistle available.
Storm-downed trees with hidden electric lines embedded in the road-blocking branches or full trees can result in neighborhoods being held captive until utility crews can remove the potentially fatal electrocution hazard. Chief Everlof cited that in previous, less-than-hurricane type storms, this type of damage has isolated neighborhoods from travel out of or into their homes.
Both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have long practiced the slogan, “Be Prepared.” Families should echo this idea by having a stockpile of food items that do not require cooking or cooling. If canned goods, remember to have a hand-powered can opener. Most importantly is a companion collection of water in homes. Filled, clean gallon containers can become an emergency water supply.
The key ingredients of being “storm-ready” include preplanning and preparations, being calm and creative, and adaptive to unexpected conditions.
Commenting on storm preparedness, Chief Doug Everlof stressed, “Avoid the comments of ‘I should have planned for a storm’ by beginning today. This can be a total family project.”
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Recently, area firefighters were welcoming the news of lives being saved by a residential Smoke Detector in Pennsylvania home. Hearing this news as it was being shared by the media, Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof commented, “Good news has finally become news.”
This good news was sadly replaced by a Philadelphia fire in a collection of row homes that that resulted in the loss of four young lives and forced eight families from their residences. While there were strong emotions from the neighborhood, the investigation centered on these deaths and the fire continues.
Documentation demonstrated the response of fire apparatus was timely. What is being unearthed is there appears to have been a delay in the first call to Philadelphia’s 9 1 1 Dispatch Center. The good intention of trying to extinguish a fire far too large for non-skilled efforts gave this small, initial fire an almost explosive head start.
A simple guideline from Chief Everlof can prove to be a life- and property saving suggestion. He shared, “The first step in any suspected emergency must be a call to 9 1 1. If a person collapsed or is found unconscious, make the call for help first, then initiate CPR, if needed. If there is either a threat of a fire, or an actual blaze, first call for help via 9 1 1. Then, if safe try to extinguish the fire. Never endanger yourself in trying to put out a fire.”
A simple rule that follows Chief Everlof’s meaningful suggestion is the following, “Always call for help before trying to provide help. Remember 9 1 1 is your best friend. Unless you are totally sure a call to 9 1 1 has been made, your call may prove to either be the first call or a call with additional, meaningful details.
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