Well, we made it to April and just when I think spring is here (as of this writing), this morning it was 24 degrees when I got to Firehouse and next day was worse. Oh well… it has to get warm sometime soon. I just wanted to mention, hello and thank you to the great folks at Speers Court Apartments, where I enjoyed my recent visit there. I’m always glad to listen to your concerns and I hope you enjoyed the goodies I brought along.
My crews at the firehouse responded to several fire alarms during the Month of March, which I never like to hear about. With the time change in March, I trust everyone has changed the batteries in your smoke alarms. That warning can really make the difference on survival in a fire.
I strongly suggest you recheck your home evacuation plan to see if everyone is up to date with it, or maybe it needs upgrading or review. Practice your plan; make sure everyone knows what he or she will do in case of a fire. Don't forget to designate a special meeting place for everyone to go to; this is critical to the success of the plan. Kids, be sure to get out on your own and stay at the meeting place even if everyone is not there. Adults, be sure you know what to do and encourage all members of your family especially a visitor in the house to follow the directions of the plan.
Since spring is here, perhaps it is time to go over the house and do some spring cleaning. It’s time to throw out accumulated junk or things you just don't need anymore. Check the attic, basement, store room and even the garage. NO HOARDING! Old Newspapers, Magazines and collectibles hinder the exit in case of an emergency. Also with spring comes unexpected weather changes or quick pop-up storms, some strong and some even may be severe. Listen to weather alerts and have a safe place in the home for all family members to go to if necessary. You might want to consider an emergency kit containing batteries, flashlights, food items, spare clothing, and for the little ones, something to keep them occupied, like a game or books.
Always know Fireman Joe is available to offer suggestions and planning guides to help keep you and your family safe. Feel free to contact me anytime by E-mail (Stambushj@hotmail.com) or stop by the firehouse. I hope everyone enjoys their Easter Day with family and friends, along with a nice meal and an Easter Egg Hunt!
See you all soon!