As fire lieutenant, I'm always concerned that the holiday months are busy for Bay County Fire-Rescue. Not that every season of the year isn't busy or challenging for the fire department, but because holiday emergencies can be especially difficult. The season can be heartbreakingly dangerous if folks don't take just an extra minute during the rush to consider the holiday-specific safety measures recommended here.
Christmas trees require very special attention.…
Added by Fyre Walker on December 13, 2012 at 3:14pm —
Buy Safe Toys
If you plan to buy toys for the kids in your life, choose age-appropriate toys and look for labels with safety advice. For young children, avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, and electric toys that can heat up. Always purchase safety gear in addition to sports-related gifts or ride-on…
Added by Fyre Walker on December 5, 2012 at 10:09pm —
As thousands of families and children prepare to enjoy the Halloween season, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal reminds residents to be vigilant and follow the necessary fire safety precautions when entering haunted houses.
The fire marshal says these amusements can present special hazards that make them particularly vulnerable to fires if… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on October 25, 2012 at 3:03pm —
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making it a good opportunity to learn more about a cancer that affects approximately one in eight women. Men can also get breast cancer, but it is rare. This year, an estimated 226,870 women and 2,190 men will be newly diagnosed.… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on October 13, 2012 at 4:00pm —
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety(IBHS) is urging policymakers to support new residential construction standards that call for the installation of fire sprinkler systems in all new one- and two- family home construction.
Beginning with the 2006 editions, the…
Added by Fyre Walker on June 25, 2012 at 9:00pm —
Members of the fire and emergency services regularly respond to traumatic events and face a variety of daily stressors that can have lasting effects on their mental and emotional well-being. Tragically, some first responders do not receive the help that they need to adequately deal with these issues and decide to take their own life.
The National Volunteer Fire Council… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on May 28, 2012 at 5:15pm —
I am please to announce I have been invited to be a DELEGATE to the Fourth Annual National Summit on Critical Care Policy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. on July 11, 2012.
Since its inception, the Roundtable, has made significant progress in its efforts to engage key Members of Congress and the… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on May 12, 2012 at 8:18pm —
As the nation marks the first anniversary of one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are teaming up this week to save lives from severe weather.… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on April 25, 2012 at 3:53pm —
Prevent Youth Firesetting focuses on the importance of a collaborative community effort to reduce the occurrence of youth engaged with fire
Emmitsburg, MD. - The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 31, 2012 at 9:07pm —
If you’re a young worker, retirement probably seems like a lifetime away. In fact, you may wonder if your contributions to Social Security, deducted from your paycheck, actually cover you for anything right now. The answer is yes, they do. And the time to learn about Social Security and what it can do for you is now.
By working in a job covered by Social Security, you… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 12, 2012 at 9:01pm —
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are once again partnering for National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 12 -16. This is a time for individuals, families, businesses and communities to understand their risk for flooding and take precautions to protect their… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 8, 2012 at 7:58pm —
By Yolanda York
Social Security Public Affairs Director in San Diego, CA
If you didn’t sign up for Medicare Part B medical insurance when you first became eligible for Medicare, you now have an opportunity to apply — but time is running out. The deadline for applying during the general enrollment period is March 31. If you miss the deadline, you may… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 2, 2012 at 12:16pm —
Love Your Heart
February is filled with heart-clad images celebrating Valentine's Day. Although… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 12, 2012 at 4:56pm —
Scalds - A Burning Issue
Scald injuries affect all ages. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable. This is why the American Burn Association wants to provide you with information on scald injury prevention.
Annually in the United States and Canada, over 500,000 people receive medical treatment for…
Added by Fyre Walker on February 6, 2012 at 11:41am —
Winter Weather Patters Can Increase Risk For Flooding
Take Steps to Prepare Now and Protect Yourself and Your Family… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 2, 2012 at 4:11pm —
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the following statement today regarding the conclusion of its safety defect investigation into the post-crash fire risk of Chevy Volts (PE11037):
Today, the National… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on January 24, 2012 at 9:33pm —
For years, Canadian homebuilder Murray Pound rejected home fire sprinklers based on notions of exorbitant cost and installation hassles. Now he's an outspoken sprinkler advocate on a mission to dispel the myths. He's also one of the latest additions to NFPA's "Faces of Fire" campaign. NFPA Journal® talks to Murray about his advocacy efforts, the Canadian viewpoint on… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on January 18, 2012 at 11:30pm —
It's called the gift of life, and it wasn't until a Nashville Firefighter needed a new kidney that he realized just how hard it is to get it. Continue
Al Baltz has been a Captain at Station 17 for 11 years, so he is used to saving stranger's lives and used to being the hero. But when his kidneys failed and none of his family members were a match, a fellow firefighter didn't hesitate to help.
"They said it's time to put yourself on a transplant list," recalled Baltz.
Added by Fyre Walker on December 29, 2011 at 5:30pm —
Added by Fyre Walker on December 24, 2011 at 9:29am —
Flashover is the point in which everything in your home catches fire -- no one can survive. See how quickly flashover can occur and how it can be prevented. Home fire sprinklers save lives and property from fire. They act before the fire department is even notified. In this video, produced by the National Fire Protection Association, we show what happens while a house is burning and the local fire department is on its… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on December 15, 2011 at 12:30pm —