Burning brush on a windy day is a fire hazard that has led to a current rash of wildfires. Careless open burning is a big safety issue that impacts firefighting resources in our area. Firefighters leave their places of work and lose money and company time to fight brush fires.
Wildfires that start on windy days are fires that can be avoided. Use common sense, be patient and wait for a calm, still day to burn brush. Please note that this also applies to residents in townships that prohibit trash fires, but still permit some brush fires and doggie-roast type “ceremonial” fires.
Children learn by doing, so make a game out of these scenarios with your family by setting up a pretend road in your home or yard. Repetition is key to making these points second nature, so practicing over and over is a good thing!
Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk off the road facing traffic (on the LEFT) so that you can see any cars that are heading your direction.
Cross the street only at intersections or marked crosswalks. Always stop, look, and listen.
If there is a car parked where you are crossing, look to see if there is a driver in the car. Carefully walk to the edge of the car and then stop, look, and listen.
While crossing, continue to look for cars. Always walk across the street. Do not run.
When walking at night or even dusk, wear a reflective vest.
Never run into the street to catch a ball or an animal.
Before you cross a street where cars may be waiting, like at an intersection or crosswalk, look at the drivers. If the drivers are looking at you, then walk across quickly and DON’T STOP in the middle of street. Driver and pedestrian eye contact lets you know that the driver sees you.
Equipment: You! Details: No prior knowledge necessary! Nothing to prepare! Lead a group of adults and children through short, hands-on sessions at Safety Day. Your main jobs are people-moving and being an enthusiastic participant.
If interested, please contact Amy Wissing 717-330-3149 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re not available on Saturday, but would like to help with preparation, setup, or cleanup, call Amy!
The destructive effects of hurricanes and tropical storms typically occur in our Mid-Atlantic region during the months of August, September, and October. “Much of the preparation for large storms in our area is good common sense,” says Safety Committee Member Ephraim Stoltzfus. “Being diligent about a few simple precautions can help avoid damage by water, trees, and wind.”
Bring in outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and other items that are not tied down
Have a tarp and 2x4s ready to temporarily fix roofs
Move valuables up out of places that are flood-prone
Clean out debris from rain gutters & downspouts
Check condition of hoses, sump pumps and generators
Check fuel supplies
Do not drive around barricades and through high water
Keep trees and bushes well trimmed to improve wind resistance
Remove dead trees & limbs before a major storm
Check chainsaws and fuel
Do not work on trees that touch electric wires
Loss of Power…
Collect a three-day food and water supply
Keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible
Keep battery-powered lights and radio and extra batteries on hand
There are many common-sense safeguards that each family can put into place to deal
with a pending natural disaster. It is important to prepare your home and family. But
here in Bird-in-Hand it is equally as important to be prepared so that you can help your
neighbor be safe and recover from the storm’s effects too.
Recently a technician serviced the fire extinguishers at my day job. A coworker of mine remarked, “A number of the workers here are firefighters, and they’re picky about their fire extinguishers!”
My response was, “Fire can strike anywhere, anytime – it is common sense to be prepared.” A recent fire here in Bird-in-Hand is a prime example. A normal workday ended with a very large fire that was sparked by an electrical malfunction within a wall.
In everyday life we take many safety precautions. We wear seat belts while driving and helmets while playing baseball. We also need to take precautions in our homes, such as installing fire extinguishers and changing the batteries in our smoke detectors. Teaching our families how to call 911 and how to exit our homes safely during a fire is one of the most important safety precautions of all.
INCLUDED: Lunch & dessert • Age-appropriate activities for children and youth • Special Junior Program for toddlers & preschoolers through 2nd grade) • Goody bags
Grandparents, parents, children, and all those who care about safety in the Bird-in-Hand area – mark your calendars with a big red check for Saturday, October 19! Along with many hands-on educational experiences for children, there will be specific seminars for adults. For example, a session for grandparents and parents about the latest in car seat safety (including how to install them!)
Time for dessert and socializing from 2:00-3:00 pm will wrap up this special day that is planned for our local families and friends.
Note: This is a fun activity for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy together!
On May 2, 2013 The Hand-in-Hand Fire Company honored two of Nathan and Martha Bange’s children, Kendall and Larisa, for submitting their family’s Escape Plan. They had read about the activity in the Children’s Corner of the Fire Company newsletter and completed the project as part of their home-school studies. Here is the photo story of their surprising prize!
Step 2: Mark all windows, doors, and smoke alarms.
Step 3: Show 2 ways out of each room in case your main route is blocked by smoke or flames. Make sure windows can be opened easily.
Step 4: Agree on an outside meeting place where everyone waits for the fire department. Draw and write “meeting place” on your plan.
Step 5: Get your family together to practice the escape plan. It only takes 5 minutes! Step 6: Mail a copy of your plan to the Hand-in-Hand Fire Company with this info: First & last name, age, address, phone number & parent signature verifying that you practiced the exit plan. We’ll call you when your prize is ready!
Answered exactly 100 calls 50% structure fires 50% rescue, automatic fire alarms, vehicle fires, or EMS assist calls
Participated in 33 firefighter trainings for a total of 1,115.5 hours. There were four cooperative trainings with other companies plus training with Gordonville ambulance for vehicle rescues.
Installed new UHF radios in the trucks for the new county radio system. The new system provides more range and improved building penetration for the radio signals.
Finalized details for our new tank truck, which is expected to be in service in 2013.
Sold 180 carriages, valuable antiques, lots of food, and more merchandise than ever to 1,200 bidders at the Carriage and Antique Auction on June 29. A hearty thank you to all of the volunteers!
At our Memorial Day weekend chicken barbecue we sold 2400 halves and on Labor Day weekend 2200 halves. The February 25 Pot Pie Dinner totals were 1,113 meals and 1,081 take-out quarts.
Hosted 1,900 runners in the Half Marathon, 5K, and Kid’s Fun Run on September 6 & 7. We served a spaghetti and Amish pizza supper on Friday evening and held our Fire Company Picnic under the big tent on Saturday afternoon until the rains came.
Prepared for Superstorm Sandy on October 27 by rounding up pumps, sandbags, hoses, vacs, chainsaws, and chains. We brushed up on firefighting tactics for wind-driven fires and prepped our backup dispatch base. Crews were at our station 24/7 during the storm.