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.
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:
- 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
- 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
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.
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
- Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
- Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
- Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
- 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.
- Keep the area around your dryer free of things that can burn.
- Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
Source: National Fire Protection Association