Sunday September 25th - Newtown Square Fire Company Auxiliary 72nd SEMI ANNUAL FLEA MARKET

Friday, 23 September 2016 10:06

It's going to be a beautiful day Sunday, September 25th. Come join us at the Newtown Square Shopping Center for shopping and browsing our many vendors.

Proceeds go to the Newtown Square Fire Company for equipment, training, Fire Prevention, etc.

We THANK YOU for your support!

 

Training Was Validated

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 09:02

During the morning drive time and prior to the start of Monday’s September 19 school day there were activities that became a rewarding validation for Newtown Square Fire Company’s outreach programs.  Commenting of the endorsement of the local Fire Company’s Fire Prevention program, Lieutenant Bill Rankin volunteered, “The lessons of ‘getting out alive’ and general fire prevention were proven this morning.”

Even though the school’s day had not officially begun, there were early bird students and school personnel at the Marple Newtown School District’s Culbertson Elementary School. Exiting the structure, located in the 3500 block of Goshen Road, there was an orderly evacuation into the morning’s rain.  They uniformly sought sanctuary in a nearby covered, haven of safety.

For years, there has been a long-standing bond between Culbertson’s faculty, administration and students and the local firefighters. In addition to the classroom style safety and evacuation training, it was not uncommon for participation in these visits by the principal and faculty members in outdoor activities.

Following a search of the facility and finding no emergency, the adults and students who were outdoors were permitted to returned to the school.  This was not a practice in being safe; it became a practical example of previously learned lessons working well.

 

Wall Outlet - Electric Safety

Monday, 19 September 2016 14:24

During a fire station discussion session, a Newtown Square firefighter shared a recently overheard a shocking statistic.  The message shared told of a preventable event—curious fingers and objects entering the unprotected openings in wall electric outlets.  Recent accident figures have reported more than 2400 severe injuries occur each year because of curious fingers and toys making contact will the common installation of wall outlets. Making contact with the receptacle’s 110 volts of alternating current electricity can result in death.

This message reminded the local firefighter of an observation made at a large, regional shopping mall.  During this shopping visit he was surprised and pleased at seeing plastic safety inserts in all of the wall-mounted electric receptacles installed in the massive, indoor shopping facility.  The observant Newtown Square firefighter volunteered, “Why can’t more corporate-based managements adopt this concept.

Informed parents have long-practiced electric wall outlet safety.   A similar family warning frequently shared by the Newtown Square Company has been a reminder telling of this safety practice with a focus on grandparents, close relatives and family friends.

This important message is worthy of being repeated.  Adults must remember they and children view similar objects differently.  The normal, heightened curiosity of toddlers results in a magnet-like attraction of small fingers and toys to the dangers hidden in the “face-like image” of wall mounted electric receptacles.

There is an important question that needs an answer, “Why haven’t more, commercial establishments begun a program of installing the simple plastic insert-plugs in their wall outlets?”. A possible solution came from a comment from one of the long-tenured members of the Newtown Square Fire Company may prove to be a way for recognition.  He shared a comment taught by his grandfather, “The squeaking hinge gets the oil. “A petition signed by members and families of any kind of neighborhood or service organization will provide greater input and impact than a single person or family.

A potential motivation for commercial establishments to achieve safety for each of their accessible electric outlets could be the suggestion of their creating a press release telling of their new safety policy.  Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof volunteered, “The success of this simple, low-cost effort is a fitting way for a merchant to achieve a new and lasting form of customer loyalty by parents, and in time, the loyalty of the children the parents are striving to protect.”

 

Smoke Detector Changes

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 07:23

The question, “Should Smoke Detectors be in our homes?”  has only one answer: YES.  But. In reality, there are numbers of homes with either no Smoke Detectors or open covers showing no batteries installed. Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof reminded members of the Fire Company’s community, “It is doubtful if anyone can disagree with serious consequence of not exiting a home or apartment if there is a fire in the residence.”

If there are any Smoke Detector doubters, they are reminded that the new, 10-year battery-powered Smoke Detectors are a wise and affordable form of “peace-of-mind.”  They offer a contemporary replacement for the former styles of protection. These long-life battery-powered Watch Dog devices are readily available and easy to install.  Over their prolonged life, these new Smoke Detectors—with their decade-long battery life—help in avoiding the problem of “no protection because of forgetfulness.”  In the older style Smoke Detector, forgetting to at least annually replace the rectangular battery contributed to a no-working device

If there are any doubts, occupants are advised that the new, 10-year battery-powered Smoke Detectors are a wise and affordable form of “peace-of-mind.”  These long-life, battery-powered Watch Dog devices are readily available and easy to install.  Over their prolonged life, these new Smoke Detectors—with their decade-long battery life avoid the problem of “no protection because of forgetfulness. In the older style Smoke Detector, forgetting to annually replace the rectangular battery will end that style of Smoke Detector’s life of protection.

Newtown Square’s fire chief has elected to offer another timely suggestion. Chief Everlof has volunteered the record-setting, high temperatures of this year may have for some contributed to changes in ways to keep cool—installing ceiling fans.  In addition to the reduction in health dangers, these comfort-makers also become a reason to make possible changes to assure continual family fire safety.

When the ceiling fan is working, there exists a potential danger. The moving blades of the fan can produce an air pattern that prevents smoke from a fire from activating a ceiling-mounted Smoke Detector.  In one air flow direction, there is produced a layer of stagnant air that becomes trapped near the ceiling.  In the other direction of air flow, the pattern of moving also helps neutralize the safety benefits of Smoke Detector mounted on the ceiling.

A solution to this problem, regardless of air flow direction, is offered by the Newtown Square Fire Company. The protection provided by these technical watch dogs can be assured by installing on a side wall, a minimum of 12-inches lower than the ceiling.  Prior to determining the relocation installation, Chief Everlof has volunteered a suggestion, “This is a good time to install a new, Smoke Detector, one having a ten-year battery.  Doing so at this time becomes an assurance of an extended period of life-saving safety.”

In a parallel protection topic borrowed from the potential problems associated “trapped air,” Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof reminded residents of the dangers of having a Smoke Detector installed at the top of stairs leading from the basement up to the first floor.  A closed door at the top of stairs, will in time, produce a long column of trapped or stagnant air.  This compacted air will prevent the smoke from the early stages of a basement fire from activating the Smoke Detector located at the top of a set of stairs leading to the first floor.

The local firefighters have a simple suggestion to correct this often unrecognized problem.  By installing a Smoke Detector in the basement, either on a wall or ceiling, the awareness of a fire is more promptly recognized.  All fires start small.  Promptness in recognition, notification, and extinguishing important any in saving lives and property.

Chief Everlof added to his suggestion to relocate a “top-of-stairs” Smoke Detector by proposing the installation of a reduced-maintenance, 10-year battery powered, Smoke Detector.   He added a ceiling-mounted Smoke Detector should be  located at least 18 inches away  from dead air space near corners. Newtown Square’s Fire Chief added if mounted on the wall, place it four to 12 inches below the ceiling and away from corners. In a simple reminder, Everlof stressed, “Keep them high and in moving air because smoke rises.”

 

Pints in the Square

Monday, 05 September 2016 14:09

Public · Festival · Hosted by Newtown Square Neighbors

Pints in the Square Craft Brew Fest and 5k will be held on Saturday, September 17th at the Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square. Pints in the Square is a celebration of local craft brewing, an active lifestyle, and the surrounding community. The event begins with a timed 5k walk/run followed by a 4-hour craft beer festival featuring 25 local and regional breweries.

5k Run kicks off at 11AM. Brew Fest is from 12-4PM. Ticket options available are for Brew Fest, 5k Run/Walk, Brew Fest /5K Combo, and Designated Driver. All 5k participants will receive entry to the race and an official event t-shirt. All Brew Fest participants will receive a tasting glass, entrance to the festival with unlimited tastings, live music, and access to local food vendors.

*All proceeds from this event will benefit the Newtown Square Fire Company, a 501(c)3 Organization.

Brew Fest is a 21+ event. All persons entering the Brew Fest area will be required to present a valid government-issued ID.

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Featuring Kickstart 5k, Local Food Vendors, and Live Music

September 17, 2016

Over 50 Beers from 25+ local craft breweries

 

 

Back to School Safety

Friday, 26 August 2016 15:16

It is that time of the year. As sunsets come earlier and the end of August is approaching, returning to school becomes a family activity.  The Newtown Square Fire Company reminds both drivers and children, this time of the year ushers in renewed safety practices. Chief Doug Everlof stressed, “Going back to school is a serious change for drivers, as well as for our community’s youth.

When school returns to being a part of their daily activities, it is not uncommon for children to take advantage of the diminishing daylight and continuing warmer temperatures to enjoy outdoor activities. It is also common for these playful student to forget the family’s lessons in their role of being safe

The size of car in comparison to the size of children adds the requirement for drivers to remember they have a renewed driving-safely responsibility.  To compensate for a back to school students’ forgetfulness of safety, it becomes the responsibility of drivers to increase their awareness of the possibility of having to share the roadway with these forgetful students.

School zones are identified by standardized signage.  To assure driver attention, during the beginning and ending of the school day, electronic speed control reminder adds to driver reminders. In community recreational areas., There normally are no standardized warnings reminding drivers they are approaching a neighborhood play areas.

This void has prompted the Newtown Square Fire Company to volunteer an additional reminder for drivers:  become more alert and to drive more slowly when children are seen playing. Bending the rules of proper spelling, the Newtown Square Fire Company has made a suggestion for all drivers, "Please remember to give our children a brake!"

A common signage found near many schools and recreation areas becomes yet another warning, "We have many children but we have none to spare."  Another thought shared by a Newtown Square firefighter also provides a meaningful safety message, “Please drive as if the playing children were your own.

 

Stayin' Alive

Friday, 26 August 2016 15:14

The song, “Stayin’ Alive” featured by the Bee Gees in their album, A Tribute to the Brothers Gibb, has multiple values in life-saving.  Both staying alive applications have proven successes—keeping people alive.  One application of this1977 song is the currently accepted cadence in the life-saving use of CPR.

The second application of “Stayin’ Alive” is a concept that is regaining the attention of the Newtown Square Fire Company and American safety representatives.  Both groups are once more urging occupant of vehicles to use the life-saving, combined lap belt and shoulder restraints.

Research has shown the initial successes in driver and front seat use of these mandated safety devices have largely been maintained. Research has also shown the front seat safety successes are not currently shared in the remainder of the seating areas.

The Newtown Square Fire Company, joins with the national safety experts in an endorsement of an ongoing driver safety program for drivers and an increased emphasis for all passengers to consistently use these safety constraints in a vehicle seating areas.

One of the most often quoted and uttered safety slogans is, “Buckle up for safety.”. Newtown Square Fire company strongly urges everyone in a vehicle everyone to follow this safety suggestion.

More and more statistics are pointing to the fact that people that are passengers in the rear of the car feel that they are immune from the benefits of wearing a seatbelt. Yet increased statistic show that these rear seat passengers become injured because when the car abruptly stops unrestrained rear seat occupants become human projectiles.

Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof volunteered, “Not only do the unbelted, reseat passengers become injured, they also inflict injury is on individuals in the front seat of cars.”  This statement was validated by the research that has shown an unbuckled individual in the rear seating of a car are statistically shown do have three times the number of injuries as than those who are buckled into the seatbelt in the car.

Observation by safety experts in law-enforcement personnel show that between one fourth and one third of the young people and adults in the non-front seats of cars do not buckle up for safety.   Far too many people feel that "just because it's a short trip to the store" they feel they are immune from being hurt in a car accident.

Chief Everlof added another set of statistics.   continue to show that far too many of the fatal accident happened within 25 miles of home and it's less than interstate highway speeds.

Drivers are reminded that no vehicle should not move until the sound of the safety click a seatbelt is heard from the front seat and second and third rows if vehicle has them. Buckle up for safety applies to every passenger and the driver within any vehicle within all vehicles.

The simple click of a seatbelt becomes a contribution to safety—the most welcomed sound a responsible driver will ever hear.

 

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Community Cooperation
The Newtown Square Fire Company’s specially designed piece of support apparatus of the recently demonstrated the flexibility of the volunteer organization’s Traffic Unit.  This service-designed apparatus responded to a non-fire dispatch on Thursday, August 4, 2016.
Earlier, following the area being ravaged by recent rains and winds, a Boot Road tree sustained serious damage along with nearby utility wires. Segments of the of the damaged tree and an entanglement with utility lines were responsible for the removal of the damaged tree.  To accomplish this removal task, the crews from both the Asplundh Company and the Township’s Public Works required protection from vehicular traffic.
While Boot Road is not a major highway, it nevertheless has become a popular connecting short cut between Goshen Road and West Chester Pile.  The selected pieces of traffic control devices and the attending Newtown Square Fire Company personnel successfully assured the protection of the workers and a timely and professional clearing of the damages and dangers.
The increased numbers of both structural fires, along with increases in roadway emergencies and fires, have added to types and numbers of the necessary traffic control tools.  These unique tools helped spawned this current generation of this special service vehicle.
Led by Captain Carl Ewing and aided by fellow officers Fire Police Lieutenant Roland Buccialia and Sergeant Nate Glazer, the enclosed 2010 Ford often initiates its traffic warnings through the vision of the elevated, electric changeable direction arrow.  Enclosed in vehicle are pullout drawers housing rows of vertically stored specially designed traffic cones; each cone was capable of holding and displaying a direction arrow. Also were stored collapsible sets of informational signs. Included in the impressive collection of special traffic control tools as well as an onboard generator and a small, portable–hand truck carried electric generator.
The cooperative responses by the officers and members of the Newtown Square Fire Police element within the century old emergency service providers is well known for its combined community services and outreach to other fire organizations interested in the concepts of fire police services.
 
Keeping Safe In The Summer

Summer, for many is a time for life changes.  One characteristic that must remain constant is the ongoing practices or safety.  While adults and children are finding ways to enjoy the avenues of fun and relaxation, the common-sense habits that keep the neighbors of the Newtown Square Fire Company safe must not be relaxed.

While often associated with relaxation, there are serious danger from the ongoing exposures to the sun.  Regardless how a bad sunburn occurred, the often ignored skin condition can be responsible for current and future skin dangers. There are simple and proven steps to prevent this damage to the skin.  Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof added, “Be aware of the necessity of reapplication after the initial use and after swimming or heavy perspiration.”  Also, the dangers of skin cancer can also be lessened by the wearing of long-sleeved clothing and of the use of face- and head-protecting, wide-brimmed hats.

Overexertion from both work and fun are influenced the effects or high temperature and the dreaded humidity. The joys of fun and the necessity of accomplishing a task can easily ignore the dangers of thirst.  Often the use of fluids other than water and proven hydrating liquids are selected to combat thirst and the other signs of dehydration.  Alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea and caffeine drinks do not help in reversing the dangers of dehydration. Also be aware of the signs of the telltale thirst and feeling weak, dizzy, or fatigue.

One of the seasonal practices is outdoor eating. Chief Everlof volunteered. “In a quest to “refuel” after work and play avoid the temptation to find immediate satisfaction avoid eating a pink-in-the-middle hamburger; a precook hotdog is a wiser choice to help satisfy hunger and avoid food poisoning. If a food is meant to be cooled, avoid eating any chilled food where there is any doubt about that foods continual, proper safe temperature storage

The happiness of outdoor recreation fun must not responsible for injuries and possible fatalities.  Be wise in the water and don’t relax the safety practices of biking at all times with the safety of a helmet.  Weather in a boat or swimming in pools, rivers, or the ocean, never relax the practices of safety. Just like water safety, all out activities must be supported by the proven guideline of “being aware of your surroundings.”

Both at home or in other locales, there are dangers “from the bugs.”  Mosquitoes inflict pain and discomfort.  While in certain, select areas, a local mosquito inflicts other than pain.  By following the sensible use of preventive measures current and future protection must be used to help assure immediate and long-term safety.

Chief Everlof stressed a simple, yet effective summation, “By making safety a common practice, the summer activities need not be altered.  The addition of prevention does not eliminate the happiness of summer fun.  Instead, when these basic suggestions are followed they assure a vacation remains a happy and safe summer.”