What an exciting Month October was! I was very happy to have spent time with all my friends and I really hope you all learned a lot about Fire and Life Safety. I also hope everyone survived Halloween, which is always fun, but frankly I’m glad when it is over.
If I am figuring correctly the next issue of The Dayton Community News should be out before Time Change Weekend. At 2 a.m. on November 6th we return to Eastern Standard Time. Always remember, Spring Forward and Fall Backwards. The time change is aways the best time to change the batteries or check your Smoke Alarms.
It won't be long before old man winter is upon us. This means it’s time to check your home heating equipment and your chimney. When you fire up your furnace for the first time, don't forget how long it has been since your last use (which might have been back in March) so it may smell of something burning. Be cautious with fireplaces or space heaters as well, as they need to be at least 18 inches away from curtains, bedding or anything else that may be flammable.
I wanted to mention briefly about Car Fire Safety. Our automobiles can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately. Pull over quickly but safely, be sure to use your signal to a safe location off the road like a breakdown lane or a rest stop. Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine, get everyone out of the car. Never return to a burning car for anything, move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic. Most importantly, be sure to Call 9-1-1.
Lastly, on Thursday November 24th we will celebrate Thanksgiving. As you gather with your family or attend a family gathering, remember to give thanks for your many gifts. Enjoy the family, food and fun, but don't forget to continue to practice cooking safety and make your holiday a safe time. ENJOY!
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.