WHAT? August is here already? Oh well; we still have a couple weeks of summer left, so let’s enjoy. A few of the days have seen temperatures in the high 90’s so I hope you all have been using your sun screen and taking other burn prevention precautions. Be sure to drink lots of fluids, preferably water. It is the best to keep our bodies hydrated.
Each summer, emergency personnel respond to a number of heart attack calls from folks overdoing it. Learn to recognize the signals when you're overdoing it and slow down. My EMS folks have asked me to make you aware of warning signs that a heart attack may have various symptoms. Watch for symptoms like profuse sweating, difficulty breathing, nausea or even a premonition of death. We suggest you call 9-1-1 right away, as never hurts to get this checked out. Our Paramedics are highly trained for such emergencies, plus our rescue units and fire trucks are equipped to handle these emergencies.
Of course, with every summer comes unexpected changes in the weather and a pop up thunderstorm or severe weather. These heavy storms may cause a power outage and people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution without knowing the risks. Generators should be utilized in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings. Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open. Having a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in your home will warn you in case of CO buildup caused by a generator not properly ventilated. Be sure to store fuel for your generator in an approved container and keep it stored outside of a living area. I also suggest having a qualified electrician install a properly rated transfer switch if your generator is connected to the house wiring.
Lastly, schools will be restarting later in the month so be on the watch for our little ones coming and going to their school destinations. I hope you all are having a great summer and enjoying the warm weather.
Fireman Joe really enjoyed teaching Fire Safety to Ms. Heather Stuempel’s group every Wednesday in July as part of the Me and my School summer camp program at Lincoln Elementary School.
About Fireman Joe
Lieutenant Joe Stambush is a 48 year veteran in the industry of Fire/EMS, while serving with the Campbell County, Erlanger, Point Pleasant and Bromley Fire Departments.