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    School Bus Extrication - Part 4: Time for Extrication

    When this column reaches you, school for the most part will be out for the summer. However, there are year around schools all across the state. My step daughter Taylor, attends a year around middle school and attended a year around elementary school. So just because it may be summer, doesn’t mean that some of the school buses are not still ...
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    School Bus Extrication - Part 3: Time to Stabilize

    I hope this finds everyone well and the winter was not too bad. Sometimes it is a slight disadvantage when I write an article or column and it doesn’t reach everyone until several months later. I attended the Piedmont Fire Seminar in Winston Salem and had a chance to talk with a lot fireman. The seminar looked like it went well. ...
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    Smoking and Fire Safety

    1. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year. Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened. 2. Never smoke in bed. Replace mattresses made prior to the 1973 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. 3. ...
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    Fireplace and Home Fire Safety

    More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels. Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and ...
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    Heating Fire Safety: Check Your Hotspots

    Each year fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans, injures 20,000, and causes billions of dollars worth of damage. People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural ...
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    Danger Above: A Factsheet on High-Rise Safety

    Recent fatal fires in high-rise structures have prompted Americans to rethink fire safety. A key to fire safety for those who live and work in these special structures is to practice specific high-rise fire safety and prevention behaviors. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) would like you to know there are simple fire safety steps you can take to prevent the ...
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    Earthquakes and Fire Safety

    A wide range of natural disasters occurs within the United States every year. Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on you and your home. The U.S. Fire Administration encourages you to use the following safety tips to help protect yourself, your family and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after an earthquake. You can greatly reduce ...
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    Electrical Fire Safety: A Factsheet on Home Electrical Fire Prevention

    Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) would like ...
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    Exposing an Invisible Killer: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

    Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 500 lives and sends another 15,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.1 The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide fumes. *+Understanding the ...
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    Bedroom Fire Safety

    Each year, fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans and injures approximately 20,000. Bedrooms are a common area of fire origin. Nearly 600 lives are lost to fires that start in bedrooms. Many of these fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, such as overloading extension cords or using portable space heaters too close to combustibles. Many ...
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    After a Fire: Fire Department Questions

    *+Common Questions+* _Why are windows broken or holes cut in the roof?_ p(. As a fire burns, it moves upward then outward. Breaking the windows and/or cutting holes in the roof (called ventilation) slows the damaging outward movement, helps remove blinding smoke that obscures the actual fire, and enables firefighters to fight the fire more efficiently. The result of this action ...
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    After A Fire: Insurance

    +*Insured*+ Give notice of the loss to the insurance company or the insurer's agent/company. Ask the insurance company what to do about the immediate needs of the dwelling, such as covering doors, windows, and other exposed areas, and pumping out water. Ask your insurance agent/company what actions are required of you. Some policyholders may be required to make an inventory of ...
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    The First 24 Hours - Securing Yourself and The Site

    Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army, to help with your immediate needs, such as: - Temporary Housing - Food - Medicine - Eyeglasses - Clothing - Other Essential Items +Contact your insurance agent/company.+ _Cautions!!!_ - Do not enter the damaged site. Fires can rekindle from hidden, smoldering remains. - Normally, the ...
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    After the Fire Strikes - More Information

    *The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.* 1. Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines. 2. If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration ...
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    Learn About Fire: The Nature of Fire

    Every day Americans experience the horror of fire. But most people don't understand fire. Only when we know the true nature of fire can we prepare ourselves and our families. Each year more than 4,000 Americans die and approximately 20,000 are injured in fires, many of which could be prevented. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) believes that fire deaths can ...
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    Nutritional Tips for the Road

    On average, most people can gain five or more pounds a year. That is why in five short years, people step on a scale and cannot believe they are nearly FIFTY pounds overweight. Weight has a way of sneaking up on you over time. You do not get overweight overnight and you do not lose the weight overnight either. Both take ...
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    Cardio Exercise and Resistance Exercise: Which to do first?

    If you are like a majority of the people who exercise regularly, often the question of what do you do first - Cardio workouts (Running, swimming, biking, cardio machines at the gym) or Resistance training workouts (lift weights or PT) is discussed. This article will further discuss that question on several different levels. What combination is best for the following common ...
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    The NEW Lower Back Plan – Free Download

    We all are susceptible to lower back injuries– military, law enforcement, advanced athlete, beginning exerciser, or sedentary person – we all get back injuries of some sort. The back injuries seen most in doctor’s offices and chiropractic clinics world wide involve the lower back / hip region and can occur from a variety of different causes. According to Dr. Steve Erle ...
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    Preparing for the Most Common Physical Fitness Training in the U.S.

    After doing research and writing about physical fitness tests for public service agencies for the past ten years, I recognized a common appearance of the 1.5 mile run, pushups, and sit-ups test as a near universal basis for testing fitness levels. The groups who use the Common PFT are the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and more than 50% of federal, ...
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    Learn How the Mind and Body Works with the Five Psychological Phases of Fitness

    Learn How the Mind and Body Works with the Five Psychological Phases of Fitness
    Whether you are a military, special operations officer, an athlete, or just a regular person seeking to lose weight, all groups experience similar personal obstacles. Those who succeed in their training programs learn to conquer self-doubt. That is the key to fitness! Every day, excited people join fitness clubs determined to attend classes or workout for an hour a day, five ...
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