As I mentioned last month, October is Fire Prevention Month and I want to spend some time making sure this year's theme, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out" really hits home. Many people underestimate the speed and power of fire. Seconds can mean the difference between escaping safely from fire and tragedy. You may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Plan two ways out of every room. This can give you the time you need to get outside.
Make a home escape plan. Practice your home fire escape drill with everyone in the household, especially all of your children. Firefighters and fire-safety educators agree that when members of a household create a home escape plan and practice what they need to do and where to go when the smoke alarm sounds, the likelihood of a safe escape increases significantly.
Making a home escape plan that involves drawing a map of your home showing all doors and windows and an outside meeting place in front of your home is a key component of escape planning. To take this even further, sit down with ALL members of your family especially the children. Take the time to go over what they need to do, for example, make sure they can open windows by themselves or be very clear on where every door or potential escape route may be. Be very clear, instruct the children to exit and go to the safe meeting place and STAY THERE, even if Mom or Dad are not out yet.
Becoming separated and not knowing were everyone is can be a nightmare! That is why the Safe Meeting Place becomes so critical. Be sure everyone is accounted for and immediately alert the fire personnel when someone is missing. It may be a good idea to practice being caught on the second floor or knowing little tips like Don't Hide, yelling out so you can be found.
Most people will at some time during their lives have a disability, either temporary or permanent, that limits their ability to move in and around the home. Disabilities can present many types of challenges in evacuating your home in the event of a fire or other emergency. Since most of us spend much of our time in our home, it's vitally important to consider how someone in your home with a disability would escape a fire. Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan is the best way to be as prepared as possible.
When having friends or relatives come stay with you overnight or for an extended visit, you'll want to make sure their time in your home is not only enjoyable, but safe. Practice your home fire escape drill with them. I suggest when you are showing them around your home you can say, and this is a route we would take in case you hear the smoke alarm, and we exit here, and we would meet at the curb over there, and this is the address in case you need to call 9-1-1.
For more suggestions,visit www.sparkyschoolhouse.org. Of course I have lots of pamphlets which can help you make your plan, just stop by the firehouse.
Where did our summer go? We still have some left, but come August 16th, it's back to school. There are still some hot days left, so be sure to keep everyone hydrated by drinking lots of water. I want to thank Heather Stuempel for inviting me to come and speak to the Summer Camp Children at Lincoln Elementary during the Wednesdays in July. We had a great time. I was watching the duty crew working with our new Aerial Truck this morning and she looks beautiful. Truck # 210 will serve our community well.
I wanted to remind everyone with school starting soon about my little friends who will be making their way to and from school. In their travels please instruct them to cross at intersections on cross walks, obey traffic lights and NO Jay Walking. Please obey the speed in school zones and respect the school buses as they make their stops.
Please instruct your children to never talk to strangers, be sure to take visible routes to and from school and consider designated safe places along the route. With schools back in session we will be making ourselves as visible as we can. We keep in close contact with school officials and they are very concerned regarding all safety rules. We always supervise fire drills and will be offering fire station tours and classroom programs as we always do.
Lastly, my plan for this fall is to promote our presentations on Home Escape Planning. The children will be doing special fire drills in the school but we always encourage these designated plans at home as well. Sit down and make a plan with your family, I want even the small children to be able to exit on their own and go to a family designated safe meeting place so when the Fire Department arrives we are assured everyone is out safely. Your Safe Meeting Place could be a tree in front or back yard, a neighbor’s porch or home, across the street or some safe place to go and STAY THERE. Make your plan and practice it so everyone knows what to do and where to go.
Until next time, stay safe make your plan and if you need help with that just send me an email at Stambushj@hotmail.com and I can help make your plan or provide information to do so.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. By the time you read this article, our 4th of July holiday will have passed. You have heard me mention more than once about leaving fireworks to the pros. I know there were lots of fantastic firework displays throughout the area and I hope you took advantage of those displays. I also know it can look like WWIII with all the home fireworks going off, so I hope everyone used good judgment and enjoyed a safe holiday.
With lots of summer still left I know many of you are considering a camping trip or an overnight stay at your favorite camping ground. If you use a tent I need to ask, “How flammable is your tent”? Most tents, even those that are labeled flame resistant, will burn, so keep all sources of heat or flames at a safe distance. I would still buy a flame-resistant tent. Here are some other camping safety tips:
1.) Pitch your tent at least 15 feet upwind from grills and fireplaces.
2.) Have an escape plan, and be prepared to cut your way out of the tent if a fire occurs.
3.) Use only battery-operated lights in or near tents and campers.
4.) NO GRILLS OR FIRES inside your tent or camper, Carbon Monoxide is present in these fires and being overcome because of CO is NO way to enjoy a camping adventure.
5.) Keep a fire extinguisher or container of water available at all times.
6.) Maintain at least a three-foot clear area, free of leaves, dry grass, pine needles, etc., around grills, fireplaces and tents.
7.) Before leaving the campsite or going to bed, thoroughly extinguish all fires, and turn off fuel lanterns and stoves.
8.) Hey kids, remember when Fireman Joe taught you STOP-DROP and ROLL? Your next family camping trip is a great opportunity to remember or even show Mom or Dad and your guests how you can put out a clothing fire.
9.) Use only electrically operated lights in camping trailers.
10.) Keep cooking and heating equipment in safe condition.
11.) Check all gas connections and fume vents. Keep a fire extinguisher available at all times, especially when cooking, but keep it by the camper/trailer exit door.
12.) A fire escape plan with your family on the camp site is important.
Lastly, remember in case of a fire; get everyone to safety before calling for help or attempting to extinguish the flames. Don't forget; fire spreads very fast, especially in dry and congested areas. I don't want to burst anyone's bubble, but next month we will talk about Back-to-School Safety. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
May is finally here and I just love these beautiful spring days, don't you? I hope everyone had a Happy Easter Celebration. I must share with you that Fireman Joe spent four days in the hospital with some cardiac issues, making it necessary for me to have a pacemaker implanted. I am happy to tell you all is well, and I feel good and anxious to return to my duties at FDBD. THANK YOU all for your kind expressions of prayers, thoughts and good wishes; I was overwhelmed by the kind messages, cards and calls I received. Special thanks to my friends from Lincoln Elementary who sent me beautiful cards and notes for my recovery. That sure makes this Ole Fire Dog feel extra special.
At FDBD we are all very excited awaiting the arrival of Truck # 210. It will be a marvelous piece of equipment to better serve our good citizens of Bellevue and Dayton. I have seen the photos as it was being built and you are all going to feel a lot safer with this wonderful new addition to our Department.
I would like to mention briefly, everyone has been following the news and reports of drug-related incidents in our communities. Our EMS staff has been overwhelmed with these responses, which I find extremely disturbing. We must all support efforts to promote treatment options to those affected by the drug epidemic and support all programs to bring an end to this horrible situation.
I think Mother Nature has been somewhat kind so far, but we all know with spring and early summer come quick pop up storms which can be severe with heavy lightning, wind and rain. Be on guard, follow your weather alert notices and take appropriate action. One of my key concerns is that you never drive through a flooded roadway, especially with running water. You just can't believe the power of moving water, as it is very capable of lifting your car right off the road or even worse, the total submerging in water.
One last comment…..If your yard is like mine, the grass seems to grow higher even though you are cutting weekly. Be sure to keep your fuel supplies in safe approved containers, stored in a shed and away from any heat sources. Use caution when refueling a hot mower and it is always a good idea to make sure the kids are in a safe place while you mow. Enjoy spring and stay safe….until next time, GOD BLESS!
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!
Our good luck continues to hold, as so far we have been able to keep Old Man Winter at bay, but we still have a Month to go since we all know that March is very unpredictable.
I want to thank everyone in the Community for their support of FF/Medics Jennifer and Robbie Duke and their daughter Danielle. Everyone at the Fire Department is totally impressed with the support, prayers, donations and good wishes they have received. I have and will continue to be so very impressed with our Bellevue and Dayton friends.
Fire prevention is the best method of fire safety for people of all ages. However, smoking and heating related fires are the leading causes of death or injury for persons 75 and older. The overall risk of fire-related fatalities for this age group is 3 times higher than average.
Since some seniors may have difficulty moving quickly and suffer more when injuries and smoke inhalation occur, it is essential to prevent fires from happening at all. What I am trying to say here is as we get older we don't move as quickly as we once did. That is why I strongly encourage extended fire prevention plans for our senior citizens. Here are some suggestions:
During the month of March I will be visiting Speers Court Apartments to have an information table with handouts and just to chat about fire safety. If you think your facility, apartment complex, church group etc.. would benefit from a visit, please contact Fireman Joe at Stambushj@hotmail.com or call the firehouse 261-0083 to arrange this informational program. Until next month, enjoy the weather, but always practice good Fire Safety habits.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and old Santa was good to everyone. Fireman Joe enjoyed time with family and friends and was proud to attend worship and asked our GOD to remember my Bellevue and Dayton Friends. It’s hard to believe 2017 is upon us and with that I want to wish you a Happy New Year. My continued wish for everyone in 2017 is that everyone will be safe, content and always practice the safety messages I send each month. So grateful to my friends Mike and Mike who allow me this privilege each month.
How about that great weather over Christmas? The day after Christmas I was sitting outside in my tee shirt, but as I write this article today, it’s back to winter. You know what they say, if you don't like the weather around here hang on and it will change. I do however, know cold days are coming and with that I hope everyone is prepared by doing the following:
Remember you will be spending a lot of time indoors, so it is a good idea to review you home escape plans, recheck your smoke and CO alarms to see that they have fresh batteries or are they working properly.
WOW! I know this is a lot to remember, but it is so important. We are always ready to respond, but it would please me to keep our guys and gals in the firehouse without a response. One last suggestion….Keep your sidewalks and walkways clear of ice, because you sure don't want anyone to fall. I’m looking forward to 2017, so stay well and safe, spend time with family, spread lots of hugs and love around. Until next time, GOD BLESS!
Be it Christmas, Hanukkah, or Happy New Year, I hope your holidays are hazard - free and full of good cheer! Just a note from your favorite Fireman; remember these important tips this Holiday Season:
Also check on your neighbors and be of good cheer, because they may not be able to get out. Offer a ride or run an errand, as you could do a great deed to make their holiday warm and special. The women and men of your Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton would like to wish all of our friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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!
I want to thank the City of Dayton for allowing us to be a part of the Dayton Senior Picnic, which was held September 14th at the VFW Hall. We had a great time and it was good to see our many friends. October is Fire Prevention Month and this year's theme is " DON'T WAIT- CHECK THE DATE! You are encouraged to replace Smoke Alarms every 10 years. Check the manufacturer's date on the back of your smoke alarm.
At one time we were able to provide smoke alarms at no cost to our communities, however, our source no longer provides these alarms. Smoke alarms are generally inexpensive (in the $6 - $10 range), and are well worth the expense in alerting you and your family in case of a fire emergency. Here are some more tips about smoke alarms:
During the month Fireman Joe will be providing tours of the firehouse and safety classes at the firehouse and or in the schools, churches and community centers. To arrange a program, station tour or lesson, contact Fireman Joe at Stambushj@hotmail.com . I maintain office hours on Wednesday from 7a to 4p and always glad to provide fire and life safety information upon request.
I also want to thank all who supported our fundraiser on September 22nd at Darkness Brewing as we had the honor of serving as Guest Bartenders. We had a blast. The support we receive from our community is very much appreciated; after all we are here for YOU.
Until next time,
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.