Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A YEAR LATER: THE MESSAGE REMAINS THE SAME


Fairview Fire District     Office: (845) 452-7453
258 Violet Avenue                               Station: (845) 452-8770
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601                    Fax: (845) 452-0552


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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  A YEAR LATER: THE MESSAGE REMAINS THE SAME
   The Fairview Fire District Urges its Residents to be Vigilant About Fire Hazards

January 21st will mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy that struck our community on Fairview Avenue. In the wake of this anniversary, the Fairview Fire District is urging its residents to continue to be vigilant about fire hazards in the home. With the United States Fire Administration reporting since the year 2000 between three and four thousand civilians die in residential building fires annually, there is still much that can be done to protect our families and ourselves.* The Fairview Fire District would like to offer simple safety tips in an effort to prevent another tragedy. 

Every life counts and so do seconds.

Fairview reports some simple tips that can be followed in your home could save your life. “First and foremost is ensuring that you have a working smoke detector in every sleeping room as well as on every floor,” says Justin Bohlmann, Fairview Fire District’s Public Education Coordinator. “Second is making sure that once the detectors are installed, that they are tested monthly. Furthermore you should never take a battery out of a smoke detector unless you are putting a new one in,” Bohlmann says.

Fairview would also like to reinforce that once the smoke detector sounds, do not hesitate; evacuate. In most cases, seconds count in surviving a fire. “It is also important that families practice Exit Drills in The Home, otherwise known as E.D.I.T.H.,” Bohlmann says. “Always knowing two ways out could save you minutes and your life.”

In closing, the Fairview Fire District wants to remind its residents that the Office of Public Education is always available to answer any fire safety questions that you may have.

*http://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/estimates/trend_overall.shtm
Founded in 1910, The Fairview Fire District is located in Dutchess County, New York. We protect the Northern part of the Town of Poughkeepsie and the Southern part of the Town of Hyde Park. The district is four and a half square miles large. There are homes, businesses, colleges, schools, health care facilities and more in the district. Public protection is provided by a combination career and volunteer staff 24/7/365.


If you would like more information on this topic, have questions, or would like to set up an interview with Justin Bohlmann, please contact Chief Christopher Maeder at 845.452.7453 or at cmaeder@fairviewfd.net

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What You and Your Family Should Know About The Flu


The Fairview Fire District would like you to take a moment and read the information below which has been provided by the New York State Department of Health.

“Seasonal flu is not just a really bad cold. The flu is a contagious illness that affects the nose, throat, lungs and other parts of the body. It can spread quickly from one person to another. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something - such as a surface or object - with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
Every year in the U.S., on average:
5% to 20% of the population gets the flu,
More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu complications and;
About 23,500 (and as high as about 48,000) people die from seasonal flu.
The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a flu shot or flu spray vaccination every year.”
You can not get influenza from getting the vaccine!
One of the biggest misnomers out there is that you can get influenza from the vaccine. It does not happen.  
“The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. It stimulates your body to produce antibodies. These antibodies provide protection against infection by flu viruses.
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies to provide protection against influenza virus infection. Until then, you are still at risk for getting the flu.
Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious complications from seasonal flu. Those who live or work with people who are at high risk should get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
Persons Recommended for Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

The flu vaccine is not approved for use in children younger than 6 months old but their risk of flu complications is higher than for any other child age group.
The best way to protect children younger than 6 months is to make sure members of their household and their caregivers are vaccinated.”

Information on influenza was taken directly from the New York State Department of Health at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/