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Dead at 24 years as he selflessly gave the 'Ultimate Sacrifice' in search of POTENTIAL fire victims!

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Just a friendly reminder, October is not the only time to review these important Fire- and Life-Safety procedures you can post on your refrigerator for all to read!


         Stop, Drop, COVER YOUR FACE, and Roll; this action will smother the flames as running will only introduce more Oxygen to fan the flames and therefore will exponentially increase any amount of pain and suffering of a burn victim.


         Always ESCAPE FIRST and then call “911” from a cell AND a neighbor’s home!  When you do call 911, just remember to never ever,  EVER  hang up the phone first!  [Emphasis added]   Literally no age is too young to learn to dial 911... help will always respond, but if no words are spoken, realize Law Enforcement will arrive with weapons readied until they know what they’re walking into!   Cell phone 911 calls are less forgiving but the same procedure applies.  GET EVERYONE OUT FIRST!   ...but ALWAYS INFORM the Fire Fighters EVERYONE IS OUT WHEN IN FACT EVERYONE IS OUT!  Accurate and Direct Communication, as in Technician 1 Kyle Wilson's case, can be the difference between LIFE... and a PREVENTABLE DEATH!


         [Create a Home Escape Plan] In case of a fire in any building, check your exit door for HEAT with the back of your hand, …and then ONLY if it is cool, open it ever so SLOWLY!


         If Hot to the touch or feel, seal the bottom of the door with a sheet and/or blanket to prevent toxic, superheated gases from entering the very room that may save your life.  This is why it is important to always sleep with the bedroom door closed and to place a “Tot Finder” sticker on the outside of a child’s bedroom door and exterior window.  Click here for other great products too!


         If unable to escape to the outside by opening the window and punching out the screen, stay low to the floor in an opposite corner of the door under a blanket to trap cooler uncontaminated air for breathing and temporarily shield any radiant heat; remain as calm as possible;  DO NOT HIDE IN A CLOSET OR UNDER A BED!  [Make a Fire Safety Plan] Note: Small children may hide/be frightened by Fire Fighters wearing FULL Bunker Gear!


         [Practice Exit Drills in the Home] If able to escape, stay low where the air is cooler, easier to breathe, where greater visibility is afforded to see farther across a room or hallway.  This allows a fire victim to determine the best way out when seconds truly count.


         Upon exit, report directly to “THE” pre-established meeting place for all members of the family outside and yet near the front of a home (i.e. Mail large tree, etc.) regardless of weather conditions (just like assembly on the playground in a single file line during every fire/drill at school):  This is the only way to confirm an accurate life hazard risk[Many fire fighters are injured or worse during any 'ASSUMED' active LIFE fire rescue... regretably to often when it may have been 100% preventable.]


         If a successful escape (i.e. to the back yard) does not allow safe passage to the ‘pre-established’ meeting place in the front of the home (flames impinging both side yards of a home), scream and yell, do what ever it takes until someone hears and finds you to be rejoined with ALL family members A.S.A.P.  [Fire fighters can become injured or worse searching for fire victims who have already escaped to safely yet remain unaccounted for!  We never end our search until literally moments before we estimate structural collapse and thus can be severely hurt or killed!]  Another important Safety Risk is small children may hide in the back yard in fear and therefore experience incredible psychological trauma assuming the worst has occurred while Mom and Dad simultaneously assume the worst from in front of the home as each fire fighter emerges unsuccessful!  Teach your children to protect themselves that in turn protects us while we do everything to SAVE and PROTECT your family!


These are merely guidelines that may help to save both the life of a fire victim and that of a rescuer when every second counts before Carbon Monoxide poisoning occurs:  The same result as slamming a twelve (12) pack of beer!  How well do you think you can save yourself and/or a loved one at this level of intoxication!?!  Nearly impossible!


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Teach Your Child About Safety


         When going to an amusement park or other place of high occupancy, establish the Five (5) Foot Rule (max. distance from parent to child at all times… PERIOD!)


         Make sure each child memorizes and then recites with eyes closed the clothing worn by each parent and/or guardian.  This is an excellent habit to create and repeat that even works when going to the grocery store or shopping mall.


         Capture a digital photo of each child (preferably with a cell phone camera the day of to attending any place(s) of gathering.)  This photo can then be broadcast immediately to assist any and all necessary emergency personnel who may be assigned to that child’s search and recovery that very day.  It cost literally nothing to take this photo of a child with the exact physical description and clothing worn when last seen.


         Instruct each child if separated from a parent/guardian, never leave the area where last sight/contact was made with the “missing” parent(s):  STAY PUT!   DO NOT MOVE!  MOM AND/OR DAD WILL COME BACK LOOKING FOR YOU!


         When going on a hike or an outing or camping trip, always have a buddy (as taught when swimming), communicate every detail about where, when, and how complete with the promise to return at a specific time.  If lost, save your energy and remain near present location that provides both best shelter and if possible, near an open area that provides highest visibility.   Never ever split-up unless absolutely necessary (i.e. as LAST RESORT during a medical emergency and then only when the ‘buddy’ has FULL accurate knowledge of entire route back and forth from place where victim of injury/illness promises to wait until help to arrives).  REMAIN CALM!  CONSERVE ENERGY!  Do all you can to maintain your faculties and be as creative as possible to utilize every resource available.


         ALWAYS Wear Your SEATBELT!  Just imagine your body hurling at a rate of 50+ miles an hour only inches above the pavement and gravity took its natural course.  Now imagine being protected within a strong metal frame equipped with air-bags and the means to keep you secure in your padded leather seat in the event something causes you to be hit unexpected.  Not only will you increase your chances of survival, but you’ll also remain behind the wheel where you belong to maintain better control of your vehicle that may reduce the severity or avoid an accident altogether!


         INFANT/CHILD Seat Restraints are just as important if not more!  Simply strapping your child in is never enough until the child seat itself is properly secured and anchored as it is designed.  If you have any questions at all, stop by your local Fire Station for assistance.  We're always happy to show you everything need to know and do BEFORE it may be too late to protect your little one(s) as you acquire the knowledge and gain the confidence you have done as much as possible for SAFE travel together.  Never underestimate the fact none of us can ever predict the next incident when we might wish we were strapped into the latest technology money can buy!  Remember, any distraction but especially dialing and texting from a cell phone only compounds the risk of a serious accident.  The choice is yours!  Fact is, people are seriously injured and die in car accidents everyday, but the passage of this law has truly made an incredible difference when this does occur!  


A law we can all LIVE with to protect all of those most important to US!  Wrinkle your clothes... not your face!

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.

It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar or rapist won't stick around... after a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there...

Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone.

Another suggestion for the elderly to carry their car keys in case he/she falls outside and no one hear them. They can activate the car alarm and then everyone will know there's a problem.

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