Back to School Safety Some 25 million students nationwide begin and end their day with a trip on a school bus. Designed for safety, with flashing lights, giant mirrors, stop-sign arms and that bright yellow color, students are far more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus than traveling by car, […]
Hurricane Preparedness….Are You Ready? NOAA has increased its prediction for the ongoing 2023 Atlantic hurricane season to an above-normal level of activity. Record-warm Atlantic sea surface temperatures are likely to counterbalance the ongoing El Nino event. It’s not too late to prepare! Hurricanes are huge tropical storms that move in a counterclockwise spiral. They form […]
There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling. Only use your […]
Training Academy There is a lot going on around the station these days. Here are a few photos of some of our recruits during fire academy training this past weekend. Students concentrated on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), specifically on acclimating to the weight and dexterity required while wearing Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
Here’s your monthly reminder to test those smoke detectors and practice/plan your fire escape plan. Whether at home or in an office, always know two ways out as well as the planned evacuation route!
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness. HEATSTROKE: What to Look For – High body temperature (103°F or higher) Hot, red, dry, or damp skin Fast, strong pulse Headache Dizziness Nausea Confusion Losing consciousness (passing out) What to […]
Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Avoid Heat Related Injuries Wear Appropriate Clothing Choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Stay Cool Indoors Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go […]
Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time. Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike! Outdoor Safety If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Do not go under trees […]
It’s wind back Wednesday! Wondering what your WPVFD crews have been up to? Here’s a few images from two recent fires in the area…
Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. Some may be legal but they are not safe. In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical […]