This page contains valuable information regarding safety tips that are not quite fire-related, but may still save your life or the life of your loved one.
Purchase a car seat but cannot figure out how to install it? Swing by during business hours, and we can help you out.
Nobody plans a motor vehicle crash, but we can plan to prevent them. Always wear your seatbelt!
+ More than 6 people a day are ejected from their motor vehicles during crashes in Massachusetts.
+ Think you can "brace yourself" in a crash? At just 35MPH, a 130 pound adult generates a force of 3,600 pounds.
+ Airbags inflate at up to 200 MPH and can seriously injure unbelted drivers and passengers.
+ A vehicle travelling at 40 MPH that crashes into a stationary object such as a telephone pole or tree, will have an impact "collision force" of 80MPH! Crashing into a moving object in the opposite direction increases that force exponentially!
For more information on safer driving, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety
Have an older member of the family you worry about? Someone who has illnesses or takes a lot of medications? Do they live alone? Would the EMT's be able to find out your loved ones' medical history, medications, and other important information when the time comes? Stop by the Fire Station during weekday business hours and inquire about a File of Life. It takes minutes to fill out but could save your loved ones' life if they were incapacitated and unable to relay life-saving medical information to us. Files of Life are free, and we have staff available to help fill them out.
Safety Tips for at Home, in the Car, on Your Bikes, and More!
Bicycle and Off-Road Vehicle Helmets
Why pledge to wear a helmet?
A bicycle helmet is the best protection for riders of all ages. Wearing a helmet every time you ride a bicycle, dirtbike, snowmobile, or ATV is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself in case of a crash. Massachusetts law requires that those under the age of 13 wear a helmet.
There are good reasons to wear a helmet:
+Helmets reduce your risk of serious head or brain injury by nearly 90% if fitted properly and worn properly.
+97% of people killed in bicycle/recreational vehicle crashes nationwide were not wearing a helmet.
+Each year nationally, 40,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for head injuries sustained while riding bikes and recreational vehicles.
+In Massachusetts in 2010 there were 13 bicycle-related fatalities and 1,118 injuries.
Protect yourself. Pledge to wear a helmet every time you ride a bicycle or recreational vehicle. Parents can set an outstanding example by wearing their helmet every time they ride.
For more information on bicycle safety, visit www.mass.gov/ghsb
Electrical Safety in Your Home
Many fires reported in houses in Massachusetts last year were caused by electrical issues that could have been remedied by simple fixes. Take a minute out of your day to inspect your home for possible electrical hazards! Some of the easier hazards to spot are listed on the Home Electrical Safety Checklist shown below. Parents, use this as a learning opportunity with your children, and walk through the checklist together!