Westfield Firefighters Go Trick-or-Treating

Westfield firefighters are giving back to their community this evening. To help keep trick-or-treaters safe, our firefighters are canvasing neighborhoods in their fire trucks and handing out candy to children. The program started well over a decade ago and has been a tremendous success. Keep your eyes open, you might just see a fire truck handing out candy in your neighborhood soon.

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Booo! Have a Spooky, Safe Halloween!


Halloween Safety Tips

  1. When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  2. Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  3. Always trick-or-treat with a group.
  4. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.
  5. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

High Winds, Hurricane Sandy, and your Safety

Hurricane Sandy is expected to reach the Jersey shore later this evening. With it, wind gusts up to 50 mph will blow through Westfield and Indianapolis starting this afternoon. Here are some quick safety tips to keep your family safe:

Driving

  • Keep both hands on the wheel
  • Watch for objects blowing across the road
  • Keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes, as strong gusts could push a car outside its lane
  • Take extra care in high-profile vehicles such as trucks, vans, SUVs, or when towing a trailer, as these are more prone to being pushed or flipped by high winds

Power Lines

  • Report downed power lines by calling 9-1-1 or your utility company
  • Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches
  • If a line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle.  Do not touch any part of the metal frame of your vehicle.
  • Honk your horn, roll down the window and warn anyone who may approach of the danger.  Ask someone to call 9-1-1
  • Do not exit the car until help arrives, unless it catches on fire.  In this case, to exit, open the door, but do not step out.  Jump without touching any of the metal portions of the car’s exterior, and quickly get to safe ground.

Patio Furniture & Holiday Decorations

  • Consider bringing patio furniture inside your home or garage–wind gusts could cause these items to damage your home.
  • Consider brining hoiday decorations such as pumkins inside during the next two days.

Source: Nellis Air Force Base

Smoking Fires Are Deadly

IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME
Every year, smokers are killed in home fires caused by smoking materials like cigarettes, cigars and pipes. A lit cigarette accidentally dropped onto a chair or bed can cause a large fire in seconds.

MY FAMILY COMES FIRST
Home fires caused by smoking materials have killed others living in the same home who were not smoking. If you live with a smoker, learn how you can help prevent fires caused by smoking materials.

IT ONLY TAKES SECONDS
Putting out a cigarette the right way only takes seconds. It is up to you to make sure your cigarette is put out, all the way, every time.

STEP 5: PREVENT SMOKING FIRES

  1. If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  2. Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of  children, in a locked cabinet.
  3. Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  4. Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  5. Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

Sources: United States Fire Administration & National Fire Protection Association

City Employees Become Firefighters for a Day

Westfield city employees had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this week when they became firefighters for a day.  Beginning in the classroom and ending with hands on training, the all-day program helps city workers and firefighters understand each other’s jobs better.  

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Employees got to climb the our new ladder truck, rescue a mannequin from a smoke filled house, and perform CPR.  It’s all in a days work and one they’ll remember for years to come.

Take Dryer Fires Seriously

Every year in the US there are over 15,000 dryer fires causing over 100 million dollars in property damage .  If you don’t take dryer fires serious, you should watch this video.

Step 4: Clean Your Dryer 


How to Prevent Dryer Fires

  1. Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  2. Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  3. Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
  4. Once a year, or more often if your clothes are taking longer to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  5. Keep the area around your dryer free of things that can burn.
  6. Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Download Dryer Safety Tips

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Cooking Can Be Deadly

Cooking fires are the leading cause of fire related injury in the United States. In face, nearly 480 people die every year from kitchen fires.

Step 3: Keep Your Kitchen Safe


Cook With Caution

  1. Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove-top.
  2. Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  3. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  4. Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stove-top.

If You Have a Cooking Fire

  1. Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  2. Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
  3. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  4. Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove-top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  5. For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Download Kitchen Fire Safety Tips

Source: National Fire Protection Association