Summer Heat Safety

Heat Wave: More than 48 hours of high heat (90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) and high humidity (80% relative humidity or higher) are expected.

Heat Index: A number in degrees Fahrenheit that tells how hot it really feels when relative humidity is added to the actual air temperature.  Exposure to full sunshine can increase the heat index by 15 degrees.

Heat Health Hazards

Heat Cramps: Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms caused by heavy exertion.  Signals are abdominal and leg muscle pain.  Loss of water and salt from sweating causes cramping.  Relief can be firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massages to relieve cramping.

Heat Exhaustion: This condition is less dangerous than heat stroke. It usually occurs when people exercise too heavily or work in warm, humid places where body fluids are lost.  Signals include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness and exhaustion.  If symptoms occur, get the victim out of sun, and apply cool, wet cloths.

Heat Stroke: This condition is also known as sunstroke, which can be life threatening.  Body temperature can rise and cause brain damage; death may result if not cooled quickly.  Signals include hot, red and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse, and shallow breathing. Relief for lowering body temperature can be with a cold bath or sponge.

Sunburn: Redness and pain; in severe cases, swelling of skin, blisters, fever, and headaches.  Sunburn hampers heat dissipation. Ointments can be a relief for pain in mild cases. A physician should see serious cases.

Safety Precautions

  • Slow down on strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun’s peak hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Exercise should be done in the early morning between 4 to 7 a.m.
  • Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables.  Protein produces and increases metabolic heat, which causes water loss. Eat small meals, but eat more often.  Do not eat salty foods.
  • If possible, stay out of the sun and stay in air-conditioning.  Sunburn slows the skins ability to cool itself.  The sun will also heat the inner core of your body, resulting in dehydration.  If you must go outdoors, when the in the sun wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor rating (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head.
  • Dress appropriately.  When outdoors, wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing that will cover as much skin as possible.  Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects the heat and sunlight and helps maintain normal body temperature.  Cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn and over-warming effects of sunlight on your body.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine.  Even in the warmest weather, staying indoors, out of the sunshine, is safer than long periods of exposure to the sun.
  • If your home is not air-conditioned, go to a public building with air conditioning each day for several hours.  Air-conditioned locations are the safest places during extreme heat because electric fans do not cool the air. Fan do help sweat evaporate, which gives a cooling effect.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water (at least 2-4 glasses of water per hour during extreme heat), even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool.  Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.  Salt causes the body to retain fluids, resulting in swelling. Salt affects areas of your body that help you sweat, which would keep you cool. Persons on salt-restrictive diets should check with a physician before increasing salt intake.
  • Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat.  Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit quickly. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill within a matter of minutes.
  • Make a special effort to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are elderly, have young children or have special needs.

People Who Should Be Aware

Elderly persons and small children are mostly affected.

  • Persons with weight or alcohol problems are very susceptible to heat reactions.
  • Persons on certain medications or drugs.

Monitor those at high risk. Infants and children up to four years of age are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures. They rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.

People who are 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently, and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature. People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.

Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications for conditions such as depression, insomnia or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.

Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need much more frequent watching.

Energy Conservation and Power Outages

Power outages are more likely to occur during warm weather, when utility usage is at its peak. To avoid putting a strain on the power grid, residents are urged to conserve energy to help prevent power disruptions.

  • Set your air conditioner thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Only use the air conditioner when you are home.  If you want to cool your home before you return, set a timer to have it switch on no more than a half-hour before you arrive.
  • Turn non-essential appliances off.
  • Only use appliances that have heavy electrical loads early in the morning or very late at night.

Pool Safety

Summer is here and we have some pool safety 
Unfortunately, it takes just seconds for a child to drown. Drowning is the leading cause of death in many states for children under the age of five. Most of these children drown in their own backyard swimming pool, but others drown in buckets, bathtubs, toilets, dog water bowls, canals and ponds. Small children are top-heavy, and they don’t have the upper body strength to lift themselves out of one of these dangerous situations. Even if the child survives the incident, they are often left with permanent brain damage.

Drowning and near drowning can be prevented, and you can help! Anyone involved with the supervision of children needs to be aware of the dangers associated with any body of water. Below are important tips to prevent needless tragedies.

Know where your children are at all times
Use an approved barrier to separate the pool from the house
Never allow children to be alone near a pool or any water source, no exceptions!
Have life-saving devices near the pool, such as a pole/hook, or flotation device
Keep large objects such as tables, chairs, toys, and ladders away from pool fences
Post the 9-1-1 number on the phone
Do not allow children to play near the pool and store all toys outside the pool area
If you leave the pool area, always take the children with you
Always have a “designated child watcher”
Learn to swim
Never swim alone, or while under the influence of alcohol or medications
Never swim when thunder or lightning is present
Never dive into unfamiliar or shallow bodies of water

Citizens Preparedness Corps Training Program

Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin J. LaValle

and

Centereach Fire Department

Farmingville Fire Department

Ronkonkoma Fire Department

Selden Fire Department

invite you to participate in the New York State

Citizens Preparedness Corps Training Program

Tuesday, March 28th 2017 6:00 PM

 

Selden Fire Department

44 Woodmere Place

Selden, NY 11784

 

All participants must register in advance at www.prepare.ny.gov

Winter Storms – Clear Your Fire Hydrants!

Yesterday, approximately 13.5″ of snow is on the ground around Centereach and it’s surrounding areas.

This high amount of snow will cover fire hydrants and the area around them.  Preparing and charging a fire hydrant is one of the most important and fundamental objectives of the fire department during a fire call.

Hydrants supply water to the apparatus, which enables our units to attack the fire effectively and aggressively.

Please take a moment to clear a path to your nearest fire hydrant and at least a 3 feet circumference around the Hydrant.  This allows our fire personnel to safely work around the hydrant.

 

Centereach Fire Department Teddy Bear Clinic

Over the course of the last two weeks, members of the Centereach Fire Department took part in their annual Teddy Bear Clinic for the Middle Country School Pre-Kindergarten Classes. This is the second year that they have participated and have gone to both Unity School as well as North Coleman School, which are located within the Centereach Fire District. Middle Country School District also contains two schools in Selden’s Fire District, which were visited by volunteers from Selden’s Fire Department.
During the visit, the children learned how to call 911 in the event of an emergency. They also learned the importance of proper hand washing and how to clean and bandage a small cut. Many of the children had never seen an ambulance before and were quite nervous, however changed their minds when they realized it wasn’t scary at all. “The opportunity to educate children in the community is something our members look forward to each year. It gives our EMS members a chance to share their knowledge and educate the community. A majority of our calls are EMS related and it’s important the community not just associate us with fire response.” says Chief Corley.
Jessica Byers, EMT at the Centereach Fire Department was one of the many who participated this year. “One little girl was so scared. She said that the ambulance was so big and she was so little. I love doing these events. That little girl walked away that day and wasn’t afraid anymore”.
The Centereach Fire Department is eager to participate next year in the Teddy Bear Clinic at the Middle Country School District. It is a rewarding experience for both the children as well as the volunteers.

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EMS Week 2016 Wrap Up

On Friday, May 20, 2016 as EMS Week comes to a close the Centereach Fire Department held a Department wide Training EMS Jeopardy, Medical Emergencies which included basic packaging and transporting of patients which was a timed contest and then the night concluded with a fun filled pie eating contest. Following the Training, the Centereach Fire Department enjoyed some dinner donated by Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings of Centereach.

 

As a volunteer at the Centereach Fire Department, know that there is not a single day that goes by where hard work and dedication is not appreciated. Centereach volunteers are there when the community needs them, whether it is to apply a bandage to a child’s scraped knee, or to hold the hand of a new widow as the rest of the crew works feverishly to save a life. When that alarm goes off in the dead of night and they rise to the occasion, knowing someone is in need of assistance, it is appreciated more than they know and more than they are told.

 

The Centereach Fire District would like to thank the Volunteers for their dedication and commitment to their community for responding to over 3,000 alarms for 2015. Centereach Fire District Chairman Frank Rudilosso stated the Fire Department has always been an important part of the Community and it’s dedicated members are proud to serve and protect.   A special Thanks goes to EMT Lauren Gleason for putting the extra effort in organizing such a great and exciting week stated Asst. Chief Robert Corley. Lauren passion for EMS does not go unnoticed. As a Chief I am very proud of the men and woman who protect the Centereach Community  I could not ask for more passionate EMS providers

 

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