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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
In 2013, drowning was the number one cause of death on the water. 82 percent of those victims did not have one crucial item – a life jacket. Below, we share the story of one man who encourages all boaters to take necessary safety precautions. He thought this encouragement would one day save a life on the water – but never thought it would be his own. - It was a normal sunny day out on Sandy Hook Bay in New Jersey for two-year kayaker Jose Mendoza until a fellow boater’s wake capsized Mendoza’s kayak. “It happened all so quickly. I was in my kayak relaxing about a half-mile off shore when a wave knocked me into the water,” recalled Mendoza. “I tried to get back into my kayak but it had filled with water.” To make matters worse, his left leg began to cramp as soon as he fell into the water. Luckily, he was wearing his life jacket. “I tried to swim but the shore was too far away,” said Mendoza. “My life jacket kept me up and I was able to hold on to my kayak.” He didn't have a radio with him but he had the next best thing – his cell phone in a zip locked bag. “I called 911,” he said. “I told them I lost balance and that I could not swim. I said I was in the middle of the ocean and the weather and wind was pushing me away from shore.” While Mendoza made the call, water was splashing over his head. He decided the best thing was to grab onto his kayak and wait for help to arrive. The Wear It campaign, run by the National Safe Boating Council, reminds boaters of the importance of boating safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo. 911 operators called Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, New Jersey, for assistance and a boat crew was sent out to assist Mendoza. “I always thought if something happened to me I needed to wear something bright for them to see me,” said Mendoza. Luckily, this thought paid off. It wasn't long before Coast Guard crew members found Mendoza and his bright orange kayak floating in the water. “It was a really good thing that he was wearing his life jacket and stayed with his kayak, which was bright orange and a larger object for us to be able to locate,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class David Snyder. Coast Guard crew-members threw Mendoza a line and pulled him aboard. “They said if I hadn't had a life jacket on it would have been a different story,” said Mendoza. Mendoza admitted he wasn't the most experienced kayaker but even he knew the importance of wearing a life jacket. “If you’re going out on the water, safety is the first thing you need to consider,” Mendoza said. “I am thankful for the Coast Guard for rescuing me. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be here.” -Written by Aux. David Glaser
Thursday, July 3, 2014
As the warmer weather approaches and you head out to the beaches, please take a moment to read about the dangers of RIP CURRENTS. KNOW HOW TO SWIM....& NEVER SWIM ALONE IF IN DOUBT ....DON'T GO OUT!!!! NEVER SWIM AT AN UNPROTECTED BEACH!!!!!It is estimated that nearly 100 lives nationwide are claimed by rip currents each year....Why Rip Currents FormAs waves travel from deep to shallow water, they will break near the shoreline. When waves break strongly in some locations and weakly in others, this can cause circulation cells which are seen as rip currents: narrow, fast-moving belts of water traveling offshore. (more info) Why Rip Currents are DangerousRip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers. They are particularly dangerous for weak or non-swimmers. Rip current speeds are typically 1-2 feet per second. However, speeds as high as 8 feet per second have been measured--this is faster than an Olympic swimmer can sprint! Thus, rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. Over 100 drownings due to rip currents occur every year in the United States. More than 80% of water rescues on surf beaches are due to rip currents.Rip currents can occur at any surf beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes.When Rip Currents FormRip currents can be found on many surf beaches every day. Under most tide and sea conditions the speeds are relatively slow. However, under certain wave, tide, and beach profile conditions the speeds can quickly increase to become dangerous to anyone entering the surf. The strength and speed of a rip current will likely increase as wave height and wave period increase. They are most likely to be dangerous during high surf conditions as the wave height and wave period increase.Where Rip Currents FormRip currents most typically form at low spots or breaks in sandbars, and also near structures such as groins, jetties and piers. Rip currents can be very narrow or extend in widths to hundreds of yards. The seaward pull of rip currents varies: sometimes the rip current ends just beyond the line of breaking waves, but sometimes rip currents continue to push hundreds of yards offshore.How to Identify Rip CurrentsLook for any of these clues:
With the first weekend of summer behind us, The Monmouth Beach Fire Department, has some tips for being safe at the pool. Drowning is the second leading killer of children under the age of 14. Never leave children unattended around any body of water (bathtubs, pools, ornamental backyard ponds, etc.).
Every year, there are 6,600 garage fires in homes that result in an average of: • 30 deaths. • 400 injuries. • $457 million in property loss.Of these fires, 93 percent occurred in one-and two-family homes. The leading cause of garage fires is due to ......electrical malfunction. This can be due to shorts in wires, damaged wires, and overloading electrical outlets.Prevent home garage fires by keeping your home safe by following a few easy steps.• Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from your home. • Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances.• Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet• Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance.Garage safety through construction — install:• A 20-minute fire-rated door that is self-closing and self-latching from t he garage into the house.• A ceiling made with⅝-inch Type X gypsum board (or the equivalent) if you have living space above the garage.• A wall with ½-inch gypsum board (or the equivalent) if the wall attaches the garage to your home• An attic hatch cover if you have attic access from the garage.• A heat detector —not a smoke alarm — in your garage. The heat detector will sound if the temperature rises too high.Learn more about what type of heat alarm is best for garage installation at: www.usfa.fema.gov.http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/garage_fires_factsheet.pdf
Technically, summer doesn't start until June 21. But many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of the season. This year, we celebrate the holiday on May 27. Many families will heat up the grill, head to the beach or take in a big blockbuster movie. But Memorial Day has the word "memorial" in it for a reason.The holiday got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars.Remembering Those Who ServedIt is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards and war monuments. One of the biggest Memorial Day traditions is for the President or Vice President to give a speech and lay a wreath on soldiers' graves in the largest national cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. Most towns have local Memorial Day celebrations. Here are some ways you can honor the men and women who serve our country:- Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars.- Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon.- Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines.- Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
1) BITES & STINGS: Planning to spend time outside means planning to spray yourself and your kids with insect repellent -- repellents don't kill insects, but they can help reduce bites from mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other bothersome bugs.
There are different types of repellents: those that contain DEET and those that don't. Use insect repellents containing DEET on kids sparingly. Never use repellent on infants and check the levels of DEET in formulas before applying to older kids -- DEET can be toxic. Repellents with 10 to 30 percent concentrations of DEET can be used on exposed skin, clothing, and shoes but do not apply it to faces or hands. If you want to avoid DEET, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends repellents that contain picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus, both are non-toxic and able to reduce mosquito bites just as well as formulas with low levels of DEET.
2) TICKS: Outdoorsy types aren't the only ones who need to worry about ticks -- you could pick one up in your own yard while gardening or playing outside. Prevent tick bites and tick-borne illnesses with these four steps:
It's smart to wear light-colored clothing and shoes during the summertime because they help keep you cooler -- and, as it turns out, they help you spot any ticks that may be crawling on you. Also, although it won't win you any fashion awards, tucking your pant legs into your socks can help minimize ticks crawling up your legs or into your shoes.
Insect repellents that contain DEET or permethrin can reduce your chances of tick bites. DEET products may be applied directly to exposed skin (not skin under your clothing) and to clothing, but should be used sparingly on kids -- look for products with about 20 percent DEET concentration, and apply it to your child's body, avoiding his or her face and hands. Permethrin should only be applied to clothing.
**Know Your Enemy
Ticks like to hang out in grassy or wooded areas, and they are especially fond of places that are moist or humid.
**Be Vigilant with Tick Checks
Do a tick check on everyone in the family every night. Contracting a tick-borne illness can take up to 36 hours if a tick isn't removed, so you want to be prompt and thorough. The CDC recommends you check under the arms, between the legs, around the waist, inside the navel, and don't forget the hairline and scalp.
Tick removal isn't complicated but there is a technique. Use fine-tipped tweezers, not your bare fingers, to detach the tick. Hold the tick in the tweezers (get as close to the skin as you can) and pull upwards. Be as steady as you can, as twisting and turning could cause the tick's mouth to break off under the skin (if that happens, use your tweezers to remove it). That's it -- it's out! Disinfect the area and you're done.
3) POOL SAFETY: They don't hang those "No running!" signs poolside for decoration. According to SafeKids, in 2006 more than 3,700 kids younger than 5 years old were injured in near-drowning incidents, and every year, more than 830 kids ages 14 and younger die due to unintentional drowning.
It should go without saying but we'll say it anyway: Never leave kids alone near the pool, no matter what their ages or swim capabilities are. Parents can and should take precautions around home pools, in addition to closely supervising kids while they swim. Installing fencing around pools, at least 5-feet high, all the way around and with a self-closing, self-latching gate, can prevent 50 to 90 percent of accidental drowning incidents. Pool and gate alarms -- they alert you to when the pool water becomes agitated and when the gate is opened -- add another layer of protection.
4) SAFE RIDES: Whether or not you wore a helmet while riding your bike as a child, it's a must for kids these days. Nearly 300,000 kids make a visit to the emergency room every year with bike-related injuries, some resulting in death or severe brain injury. Wearing a helmet can help reduce your child's risk of making such a visit. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sets standards for helmets, so be sure to choose one with its safety seal on it.
Keeping kids safe on their bikes also means sending them out on bikes that fit. Checking that your child hasn't outgrown last year's ride is easy: Have your child straddle the top bar of his or her bike with both feet flat on the ground. A 1 to 3-inch gap between the bar and your child's body means it's still the correct size
5) PLAYGROUND SAFETY: More than 205,000 kids visit emergency rooms with playground-related injuries every year, estimates the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Many of these injuries could be prevented with a little precaution and adult supervision.
Check the playground equipment before letting kids play on it. For example, surfaces that are too hot can cause burns, and loose ropes -- ropes that aren't secured on both ends -- can cause accidental strangulation. The ground should be covered in a protective surface such as rubber mats, wood or rubber mulch or wood chips, never grass, asphalt or concrete. The right surface materials could reduce the risk of head injury or other severe injury in the event of a fall.
Also, be sure that your child's clothing is playground-friendly: Remove any strings, such as those on hoodies, only let them wear closed-toed shoes at play and avoid clothing that is loose enough to catch on equipment
Did You Know?
Most playground injuries -- as many as 76 percent -- happen on playgrounds at school, day care or in a local park
6)POISON IVY:Poison ivy, as well as poison oak and sumac, contains an oil called urushiol, which when it comes in contact with skin, causes an allergic reaction in about 85 percent of the population. The subsequent rash that develops will only appear where the skin came in contact with the plant's oil -- and luckily, it isn't contagious, but it can spread through indirect contact (such as petting a dog that has run through poisonous plants).
Symptoms of a poison ivy rash may include:
•Redness or red streaks
•Small bumps or hives
•Blisters that drain fluid when popped
The only way to avoid developing the rash is to avoid contact with these poisonous plants, but wearing clothing that covers a good amount of skin will help reduce your risk. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends home treatment for mild cases, including cool showers and oatmeal baths. If itching and swelling become moderate to severe, prescription medications can be used to reduce symptoms
7) FOOD POISONING: Summertime offers so many gorgeous days for picnicking and cookouts. But don't let the heat ruin your outing -- food-borne illnesses are caused by bacteria (such as E.coli, Salmonella, Clostridium botulinum, Listeria, Campylobacter and Clostridium perfringens), viruses (such as Norwalk virus), parasites and other toxins.
Food-borne illness looks a lot like the flu, and typically includes nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms can range from mild gastrointestinal discomfort to bloody stools.
One of the best ways to avoid food poisoning during the summertime is to be sure food items that contain mayonnaise, milk, eggs, meat, poultry and seafood aren't kept at room temperature for more than an hour or two (one hour max if it's 90 degrees F outside). And remember, meat and eggs aren't the only culprits; raw fruits and vegetables can cause problems if not properly washed and stored. If you're traveling with food, be sure to pack any raw meat separately from ready-to-eat foods to avoid contamination
8) HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES:Staying hydrated in hot weather can help reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Keep water or sports drinks (with electrolytes) on hand to maintain hydration, and try to stay in a shady or air-conditioned location during the hottest parts of the afternoon.
Mild symptoms -- heat exhaustion -- may include feeling thirsty, fatigue and cramps (legs or abdominal). If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heatstroke.
Heatstroke is serious. Symptoms may include any of the following: dizziness, trouble breathing, headaches, rapid heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, confusion and changes in blood pressure. Skin may be flushed and feel hot and dry (not sweaty). Body temperature may rise to 104 degrees F or higher, and as it becomes more severe, the risk of organ damage (to the liver, kidneys and brain) increases.
Kids are more susceptible to heat illnesses than adults are because their central nervous system is not yet fully developed. Strenuous activity and dehydration make it difficult for young bodies to regulate changes in body temperature, and chronic health conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease and medicines such as antihistamines also increase the risk. Kids are also at risk for heat illnesses if left in a hot car -- even if the windows are cracked and even if it's only for a few minutes. Never leave a child unattended in a car.
9) HYDRATION: Did you know that if you're feeling thirsty, you're already mildly dehydrated? Relying on thirst as a reminder to take a drink leaves you at risk for dehydration. So to be sure your kids are OK, look for these other signs, instead, which can indicate that a child is dehydrated:
•Cessation of sweating
•Dark yellow urine
•Anuria (lack of urine) for 12 hours (or 6 hours for infants)
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Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators or PST's.The PST is the true "first responder" when you dial 911. They are your Police, Fire, & EMS dispatchers.PST's take the calls , they provide a voice to the people in need. PST's offer guidance and assistance to the responding crews, as well as give us a cheerful greeting when needed. PST's put up with the politics and systemic frustrations of a growing role, More so, the PST ensures that the proper resource and agency is dispatched to handle the emergency.The officers and members of the Monmouth Beach Fire Company would like to thank ALL of the PST's of The Monmouth County Sheriffs Office, and through out the country for their hard work and dedication. We couldn't do our job without you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SU8Nny_Q_ZM
Fire Company to hold their Annual Easter Flower SaleStarting tomorrow, Saturday April 12th, the Monmouth Beach Fire Company will be holding our Annual Easter Flower Sale @ the firehouse.Sale days and hours are as follows:Saturday, April 12th 9am - 5pmSunday, April 13th 9am - 5pmFriday, April 18th 9am - 5pmSaturday, April 19th 9am - 5pmEaster Sunday The sale will take place on the apron in front of the firehouse weather permitting. In case of rain, the sales will be moved inside the firehouse.Wishing all of our friends, supporters, and family, a very happy Easter!The men and women of the Monmouth Beach Fire Company thank you for your continued support!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Boston Fire Commissioner regrets to announce the Line-of-Duty deaths of two members today: Lt. Edward J. Walsh, Jr. assigned to Engine Company 33 on Boylston Street. 43 years old, a 9 1/2 year veteran.Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy of Ladder Company 15 on Boylston St. 33 years old, a 6 1/2 yr veteran. Kennedy was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.Rest in peace brothers.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities This month and throughout the year, The Monmouth Beach Fire Company encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making your community a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities. Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are: • Nurturing and attachment • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development • Parental resilience • Social connections • Concrete supports for parents • Social and emotional developmental well-being In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR). If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873). A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.What information will I be asked to provide to the hotline screener?SCR screeners are trained caseworkers who know how to respond to reports of child abuse/neglect. Whenever possible, a caller should provide all of the following information:Who: The child and parent/caregiver’s name, age and address and the name of the alleged perpetrator and that person’s relationship to the child.What: Type and frequency of alleged abuse/neglect, current or previous injuries to the child and what caused you to become concerned.When: When the alleged abuse/neglect occurred and when you learned of it.Where: Where the incident occurred, where the child is now and whether the alleged perpetrator has access to the child.How: How urgent the need is for intervention and whether there is a likelihood of imminent danger for the child.Do callers have immunity from civil or criminal liability?Any person who, in good faith, makes a report of child abuse or neglect or testifies in a child abuse hearing resulting from such a report is immune from any criminal or civil liability as a result of such action. Calls can be placed to the hotline anonymously.Is it against the laws of New Jersey to fail to report suspected abuse/neglect?Any person who knowingly fails to report suspected abuse or neglect according to the law or to comply with the provisions of the law is a disorderly person.What happens after I make the call?When a report indicates that a child may be at risk, an investigator from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly Youth and Family Services) will promptly investigate the allegations of child abuse and neglect within 24 hours of receipt of the reportTo Learn more on the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website. https://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/
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