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  Stats, signage and CPR
  2017 statistics
  By Robin Widmar

   
   If Falcon residents thought they heard more sirens than usual in 2017, they were probably right. It was a busy year for Falcon’s fire and EMS crews. Here is a brief overview of the year’s incidents, which will be fully detailed in the 2017 annual report scheduled for release in March.
   
   2017 total calls for service: 2,502 (compared to 2,074 in 2016)
   Fires (structure, wildland, vehicle, etc.): 94
   EMS (Emergency medical services): 1,393
   Traffic accidents (with and without injuries): 318
   Hazardous condition (no fire): 43
   Public service: 97
   Unauthorized burning: 26
   Good intent: 322
   False alarms: 126
   
   Address signs
   A number of residents took advantage of the Falcon Fire Department’s address sign program after reading about it in the January issue of The New Falcon Herald. This is an ongoing program, so those who may have missed the original article can still order a sign. Go to the FFPD website at http://falconfirepd.org to learn more about the address sign or to download an order form.
   
   Have a heart –- learn CPR!
   February is American Heart Month. What better way to honor the heart or to declare one’s love for others than learning CPR?
   
   Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a technique that can save the life of someone in cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association defines cardiac arrest as “an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs.”
   
   According to the AHA:
  • More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in the U.S.
  • Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.
  • Seventy percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in the home.
  • CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival, especially if it is performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest.
  • Only 46 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help they need before professional help arrives.

   The AHA recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children as well as victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems. For teens and adults who do not fit these criteria, hands-only CPR, in which only chest compressions are performed, may be appropriate.
   
   The AHA offers a 90-second demonstration video for hands-only CPR at their website: http://heart.org/handsonlycpr. However, everyone is encouraged to learn conventional CPR (compressions and breaths).
   
   The Falcon Fire Protection District occasionally offers CPR classes to the public, but there is not a regular schedule. Notices of upcoming CPR classes will be posted to the FFPD website, Twitter account and Facebook page as they occur.
   
   To find other CPR classes nearby, go to the American Red Cross website (http://redcross.org) and click on “Training & Certifications,” or visit the American Heart Association website at http://heart.org/findacourse.
   
   Learning CPR is the best gift anyone can give to a loved one –- or even a total stranger. Make time to learn CPR and help save a life!
  
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  Give electric space heaters some room
  By Robin Widmar

   When used properly, electric space heaters provide a convenient way to warm small spaces. Ignore basic safety precautions, however, and convenience can turn catastrophic.
   
   In its December 2017 report “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment,” the National Fire Protection Association reported that electric portable and stationary space heaters accounted for nearly half (49 percent) of home fires involving space heaters of all types between 2011 and 2015. Fires related to electric space heaters caused an average of 240 deaths, 770 injuries and $323 million in direct property damage each year during that time period.
   
   Electric space heaters come in a variety of sizes and types (oil or water-filled radiator, fan-forced heater, ceramic, infrared), but the same basic safety principles apply to all of them.
  • Heaters should have a label from a recognized testing laboratory such as UL (Underwriters Laboratory) verifying that the heater's construction and performance meet voluntary U.S. safety standards.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and an automatic shutoff that turns off the heater if it overheats or tips over.
  • Make sure the heater and power cord are undamaged.
  • Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets. Never use extension cords or power strips.
  • Do not run power cords under rugs or carpeting.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface (preferably on the floor) where it cannot be knocked over.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn (bedding, curtains, upholstered furniture, clothing, paper, cardboard, etc.).
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • Place heaters away from foot traffic, and do not block exits.
  • If the heater plug, cord, or wall outlet gets hot during use, turn off the heater, unplug it, and contact a qualified electrician to inspect the outlet.
  • Turn off and unplug space heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Check http://CPSC.gov/, and search “space heaters” under recalls to make sure a heater has not been recalled.

   
   Sources:
   Consumer Product Safety Commission (http://www.cspc.gov)
   Consumer Reports Space Heater Buying Guide (https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/space-heaters/buying-guide)
   National Fire Protection Association (http://www.nfpa.org)
  
 
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