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Time to Check Your Batteries!

Every fall, like clock-work, the time change rushes upon us, bringing with it a reminder to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s almost daylight saving time. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Please take the time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 

Daylight saving is nearly here. When you set your clock back on November 5th, remember to check the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. And be sure to remind your friends and family to check their alarms, as well!

Fire Prevention Tips

Follow these tips for preventing fires around your property!

  • Clear any buildup of pine needles, leaves, and other flammable materials from your roof, gutters, porch, and under your deck.
  • Trim larger trees’ limbs to heights of at least 10 feet. Make sure there is about 5 feet between branches of other large trees.
  • Weed-whack or mow long grass around your home. Ideally, you want to have at least 30 feet of short, watered lawn around your home.
  • Move wood piles more than 30 feet from your home.
  • Remove propane tanks from within 30 feet of your home. In a wildfire, they can vent and shoot flame vertically.
  • Install visible house numbers on your home, driveway, and street.
  • Repair shingles, tiles, and other roofing material.
  • Use metal mesh (1/8-inch mesh is good) to prevent embers from landing in vents and eaves and under decks.
  • Know your family’s emergency plan if a wildfire comes quickly.

Winter Safety Tips

26513200_lWith the cold weather upon us, kids and families flock to the mountains, lakes, and (if we’re fortunate enough) their own backyards to play. While these cold-time activities are special and fun, there are some practical safety tips to keep family-time safe. The biggest tip that we can offer is: NEVER GO ALONE. Here are some other helpful tips:

8 SAFETY TIPS FOR PLAYING ON FROZEN LAKES

WINTER CLIMBING: SIX TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRIP

WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET LOST SKIING

Not “If”, but “When”…Emergency Expo Successful

September 26th’s emergency expo at Yelm High School was a huge success. “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”, was the theme for the event and important information about preparedness and surviving a disaster situation was shared with attendees.

If you missed the expo, you can find important information about emergency management on Thurston County’s website: www.co.thurston.wa.us/em.

There will also be an international earthquake drill on Oct. 15. If you’d to participate and see how you would do in an earthquake situation, you can register at here: www.shakeout.org/washington/register.

Read the original article on the Nisqually Valley News (please note: subscription restrictions may apply).

Wildland Fire Tracking Map

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Washington State has been hit hard with wildland fires this season. If you’re interested in tracking the progress of all the fires that are burning around the state, there is a interactive map available for viewing. This online fire and wind map shows most of the fires and it should be updated every day.

You can zoom in for more detail and switch views between satellite or topographic view. If you click a cross hatch fire area, you’ll be able to view information about that particular fire (name, acres burned, percent contained, etc.).

Click here to view the map.

Where’s baby? Look before you lock.

The NHTSA just released a memo for July warning of the dangers of child heatstroke deaths. These deaths are 100 percent preventable. The danger is real and this summer is already warmer than usual. Read the full memo below. Click here to download full memo.

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“The summer is heating up and NHTSA’s heatstroke prevention and awareness efforts are in full swing. This marks the fourth summer that NHTSA has spread awareness about the dangers of child heatstroke in hot cars, while urging parents and caregivers to think, “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock.” Since 1998, over 630 children in America have died from heatstroke. Over half, 53 percent to be exact, were forgotten in vehicles; 29 percent gained access by themselves and became trapped; and 17 percent were left intentionally by adults not fully aware of the dangers. Already, eight children this year and more than 30 children in 2014 lost their lives from heatstroke after adults left them in unattended vehicles.

“Heatstroke tragedies are 100-percent preventable, which is why we are looking for every opportunity to educate consumers on the importance of making sure that children are neither unintentionally locked in, nor able to gain access to (and become trapped in) unattended vehicles. We are asking our highway traffic safety partners to ramp up activities this summer to augment the national effort. NHTSA is offering tools to assist you in communicating with the public.

“Use the Latest Campaign Material
Everyone, whether they’re a parent, caregiver, or even a bystander, has a role in protecting children from heatstroke. That is why we’re encouraging our highway safety partners to familiarize themselves with the latest campaign material available in both English and Spanish.

“The 2015 campaign “Act Fast. Save a Life.” includes resources and tips on what bystanders should do if they see a young child locked in a parked car. Sixty-three percent of adults reported that they just assume that the parents will be right back. Bystanders could save a life by simply stopping to make sure that parents are quickly found or that the police are alerted when a child is in harm’s way. Get the new bystander material on our campaign marketing toolkit pages:

English: www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/heat-involved.html
Spanish: www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/hipertermia-involved.htm

“Have you engaged local daycare facilities, schools or youth organizations? We encourage our partners to establish and maintain strong, ongoing relationships with members of the community. NHTSA’s campaign marketing toolkit includes updated outreach material, such as sample news release templates, safety tips and fact sheets that are tailored to a particular audience. They can be invaluable in extending the reach of our safety messages. Check out the most current outreach material on our toolkit pages:

English: www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/heat-involved.html
Spanish: www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/hipertermia-involved.htm

“Use Social Media to Get the Word Out
NHTSA continues to use its social media communication channels to amplify heatstroke safety messaging because it has proven to be one of the quickest and most cost-efficient ways to promote prevention and awareness. Bystander-specific material is the newest resource available within the toolkit, but also included is material for parents and caregivers. Whether you’re looking for an infographic with car facts to post on Facebook, or a teddy bear reminder to share on Instagram, there are many assets for use on your social media channels: www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/heat-involved.html

“Highway traffic safety partners can also use the hashtags #heatstrokekills, #checkforbaby and #noolvidesalbebe to start a social chat and share safety messages with States and other organizations. NHTSA will be utilizing these hashtags throughout the summer months. Suggested social media posts and other tools will be available on the Traffic Safety Marketing Web site www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

“Upcoming Opportunities for Your Calendar
National Heatstroke Prevention Day is coming up on Friday, July 31. NHTSA will be inviting safety advocates from across the country to participate in a day-long social media “Tweetup” conversation to raise awareness about the dangers of heatstroke for children. These messages and prevention tips will be posted on NHTSA’s social media channels and will utilize the @NHTSAgov Twitter handle and the #checkforbaby and #heatstrokekills hashtags. We are asking our partners and the public to do the same by tweeting and posting using these hashtags every hour starting at 7 a.m. We will also conduct a focused outreach to parent bloggers and ask for their support as we do every year.

“In 2014, NHTSA and its partners helped generate 6,000 tweets that reached 6.2 million accounts for a total of 27 million impressions on National Heatstroke Prevention Day. With your participation, we hope that our efforts will bring even greater success in spreading the word this year.

“NHTSA’s Ongoing Commitment
NHTSA is committed to improving safety on our Nation’s roadways. This year, the “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock.” campaign is being supported by a $1.3M paid media buy on the radio and Internet. The media campaign, launched in May, will run for 18 weeks through September. This media plan is intended to reach parents, grandparents and caregivers in warmer States. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Secretary Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Rosekind are planning to participate in other media activities, such as radio and television interviews throughout the summer months. Bites and b-roll packages have also been filmed for distribution to top media markets. In addition, NHTSA is exploring opportunities to hold a national news press event to bring further awareness to child heatstroke. When media events are planned, our partners and safety advocates will be notified so they can plan their media outreach accordingly, keep this issue on the forefront, and keep the public informed.”

Summer is Here! Remember Safety!

Water Safety:
20409098_mThe weather is warming up! Remember to always wear a life jacket when out in the water. This includes activities like: Boating, rafting, tubing, floating, swimming, etc. Some other safety tips include:

  • Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating
  • Don’t swim alone or in bad weather
  • Learn CPR
  • Learn to swim and teach your children to swim
  • Supervise your children when they are in the water
  • Prevent sunburns – use plenty of sunscreen!

19828909_mGrill Safety:
Summertime means grilling time! Keep these tips in mind to make sure your summer grilling season stays safe and fun:

  • Grills are for outside only; Use in well-ventilated areas.
  • Keep grills away from deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches, kids and pets.
  • Check propane tank hose for leaks before use.
  • Always open propane grill lids before lighting.
  • Keep the fire under control; be ready to extinguish flames.
  • Never leave a grill unattended once lit.
  • Be careful with open flames: Never leave the area with an open flame. Extinguish before leaving.