Be Sure to Complete Safety Steps Before Spring Cooking

Sunday, 19 February 2017 11:45

As the area weather ‘talkers’ begin the invitations to enjoy the possible beginning of spring weather, the Newtown Square Fire Company has issued a safety warning.  Chief Doug Everlof warns that there are simple safety steps for gas-fueled cooking devices

Even thinking about the fuel level, the first of the simple safety steps begins with a simple visual inspection as the cooking system.   This first step provides a look at the flexible tubing, the solid tubes, and any cracks or loose fittings.

Newtown Square’s fire chief has added some protective guidelines.  Everlof stressed, “The first steps in testing this gas-fuel outdoor cooking area begins with a safe testing area and with the protective aid of a cell or home-cordless phone.”

When this fuel delivery system passes the “dry” visual test, the next safety suggestion assures an additional safety test. This next trial must also be done outdoors, away from the home, car, and people.

Chief Everlof added more, “Please continue to stay away from people and property.  Use a soap and water solution (half dish washing soap and half water) and coat all containers, tubes, pipes. valves, and connections that carry the cooking gas.  Finding any bubbles, immediately turn off the gas container valve. . .. and leave that area.”

In a final test, any unusual flame patterns at any of the burners may also be an indication that there may be a partial blockage in the gas-fuel carrying pipes and plumbing.  This pattern is common when insects have used this gas-carrying pipe and tubing for seasonal home. These insects and their home residue must be removed for safe gas cooking

If the removal of the insect remains appears to be difficult, home cooks are reminded of two suggestions.  One hint is to be patient and pursue. If not successful in this task, swallow personal pride and find a specialist to clear the “plumbing” of the insect residue.

Cooking devices must be inspected from time to time to assure no new problems return.  Safety is an important ingredient in all outdoor activities “By paying attention to outdoor cooking tools, the fun of outdoor activities will continue to be a good experience,” added Chief Everlof.

 

Even This Short Month Has Dangers

Friday, 03 February 2017 17:18

Rarely does any date have as much impact as February 2.  This date has once more begun a seasonal conversation based upon Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow.  This year, the collection of television and radio weather crews have begun the 2017 discussion about the accuracy of this year’s winter projection.

One of the seasonal events that has a negative impact with a projection of a prolonged collection of cooler temperatures begins with candles and their applications.  Candles have many uses and in their applications, are events associated with emotions and festive events.  Citing an upcoming event Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof added, “Not far away is the festive February 14, Valentine’s Day.”

The local fire leader quickly added, “Never place any candle or flame anywhere near anything that can burn. This includes anything that burns. These items can include cloth decorations, curtains, or other flammable items or children and their toys.”

Firefighters also stress the importance of have candles burning in homes with pets.  Their tails, fur, and curiosity all become sources of far too many neglected fires started with contact with nearby candles.

Safety is planned and practiced.  This concept was volunteered by Fire Chief Everlof in his February discussion about the seasonal safety suggestions for February. By adding safety to this shortest of 2017’s months, homes and area families are promised the future for the rest of the year.

 

Last Minute Party Drink Items

Thursday, 02 February 2017 14:43

This coming weekend for the season’s end to professional football may pose a problem for many people at a Super Bowl Party.  Some may not be able to partake in any of the traditional party beverages. Medicines, illness, and other temporary preclusions may not permit some attendees from imbibing the usual Super Bowl Party beverages.
Because there may be many reasons that may prompt a collection of differing party beverages, the Newtown Square Fire Company has shared some tasty drinks that in no way will cause any alcoholic responses. Chief Doug Everlof noted that many beverages may also use fruit juice products. He added, “It would be wise to list any fruit juice ingredients so there are no interactions with medicines anyone is currently taking.
As a public service at this active party time of the year, the Newtown Square Fire Company has prepared a long listing of non-alcoholic beverages. The unique tastes and the inviting appearance of these drinks add to their acceptability as an alternative to alcoholic beverages. Not only do they taste great, but they also help ensure the comfort of your guests who may not drink alcohol, or as an alternative throughout the party.
The following are items that will provide multiple servings.
MOCK PINK CHAMPAGNE (1 1/2 quarts or 10 servings)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 (6 oz.) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 (6 oz.) can frozen grapefruit juice concentrate
1 (28 oz.) bottle chilled ginger ale
1/3 cup grenadine syrup
Early in the day, mix sugar with water in saucepan and boil 5 minutes. Cool. Add frozen juice concentrates. Refrigerate. At serving time add ginger ale and grenadine syrup. Stir lightly.
CARDINAL PUNCH (44 servings)
1 qt. cranberry juice
1 pint orange juice
2 lemons squeezed or 2 oz. lemon juice
4 qts. ginger ale
Combine juices with ice and chill. Pour into punch bowl over a block of ice and add ginger ale. Garnish glasses with mint sprig. (May add orange sherbet scoops.)
MOETTE PUNCH (8 servings)
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup white grape juice
1-pint club soda. Sugar to taste
1-quart raspberry sherbet or ice
Add soda to fruit juices; sweeten to taste. Pour into punch bowl; add scoops of sherbet.
ORANGE CRANBERRY TODDY (8 servings)
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1/4 cup sugar
1 Cinnamon Stick
8 whole cloves
6 cups orange juice
2 oranges, sliced
Heat first five ingredients to boiling point. Taste and add more sugar if needed. Garnish with orange slices and add cinnamon sticks for swizzles.
FRUIT SALAD SMOOTHIE
1 cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice
1 cup plain or vanilla nonfat yogurt, soy milk or tofu
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 large banana, cut into chunks
1 cup strawberries, halved
1 tablespoon honey
In blender container, place all ingredients; puree until smooth and creamy. Pour into four glasses and serve garnished with additional whole fruit.
Makes 4 servings.

CREAMY RASPBERRY SIPPER
1 1/4 cups raspberries
1 1/4 cups unsweetened white grape juice
1 1/2 cups raspberry sherbet
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
10 ice cubes
Fresh mint sprigs, optional
Combine raspberries and grape juice in container of an electric blender; cover and process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides. Strain mixture through several layers of dampened cheesecloth, reserving liquid and discarding solids.
Combine reserved liquid, sherbet, water and lemon juice in blender container; cover and process until smooth. Add ice cubes; cover and process until frothy. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, if desired.
Yields four 1-cup servings
HOT BUTTERED PINEAPPLE DRINK
1 (48 ounce) can pineapple juice
2/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 teaspoons brown sugar
4 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
Remove cinnamon sticks and serve hot.
Makes 5 cups.
HOT SPICED CIDER
2 quarts cider
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash of ground nutmeg
Combine cider and spice ingredients. Bring to slow boil, cover, simmer 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and pour through strainer. Add cinnamon stick to each mug.
Makes 8 servings.
HOLIDAY COFFEE
3/4 cup ground coffee
4 cup water
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Whipped cream
4 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon
4 maraschino cherries with stems
Prepare coffee according to manufacturer's directions using 3/4 cup ground coffee and 4 cups water. Stir sweetened condensed milk into coffee, and serve immediate with a dollop of whipped cream, a stick of cinnamon and a maraschino cherry.
Makes 4 1/2 cups.
WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE
3 cups half-and-half, divided
(1/4 cup and 2 3/4 cups)
2/3 cup vanilla baking chips
1 cinnamon stick
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Ground cinnamon for garnishing
Place 1/4 cup cream, vanilla chips, cinnamon stick and nutmeg in saucepan. Stir over low heat until chips are melted Discard cinnamon stick. Add remaining cream. Stir until thoroughly heated. Remove from the heat, Add vanilla and almond extracts. Pour into 4 cups. Garnish with ground cinnamon.
CARAMEL MILK
Makes 2 servings.
2 cups milk
5 tablespoons packed brown sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
Pour milk into microwave-safe medium glass bowl. Heat on HIGH (100% power) in microwave until hot, about 80 to 90 seconds.
Carefully pour milk into 2 mugs. Stir half of the brown sugar and vanilla extract into each mug. Serve warm.

The following recipes for non-alcoholic beverages generally are created for a single drink. Each recipe has both visual and flavor appeal.
MEXICAN SUNSET (1 serving)
1 cup chilled orange juice
1/2 jigger grenadine
Pour orange juice into tall glasses. Add grenadine and allow to settle on bottom. May be served over ice.
PINA COLADA PERFECTO (1 serving)
1 jigger crème of coconut
2 jiggers pineapple juice
1 1/2 jiggers club soda
Mix over ice
NOON ON THE EQUATOR (1 serving)
1/4 cup orange juice
1 ½ tsp grenadine syrup
1/4 cup tomato juice
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Juice of 1/4 lemon
Dash of Tabasco sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker and add ice cubes.
Shake well and strain into glasses.
ALMOND JOYOUS
Serves 2.
This is a delicious drinkable rendition of the infamous Almond Joy candy bar.
1 cup light coconut milk
1 1/2 cups chocolate sorbet
2 fresh bananas, frozen and sliced
2 tablespoons grated coconut
(optional)
1 teaspoon coconut extract
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
Combine the coconut milk and sorbet in a blender. Add the bananas, coconut (if using), coconut extract, and almond extract. Blend until smooth.
* NOTE - To freeze bananas: Peel bananas and seal in a plastic bag. Freeze. When ready to use, remove from freezer and slice.
BLACK FOREST MOCHA
Serves: 1
2/3 cup hot brewed coffee
2 tablespoons HERSHEY'S® Chocolate Syrup
2 tablespoons light cream
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
Whipped cream (optional)
Maraschino cherry (optional)
In large mug, stir together coffee, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, cream and cherry juice. Garnish with whipped cream and cherry, if desired.
Serve immediately.
BLUEBERRY BOG SPARKLER
Mix 3 cups blueberry-cranberry drink with 2 cups prepared lemonade in a large pitcher. Chill well.
Just before serving, stirring in 1 1/2 cups icy cold ginger ale.
CHEESECAKE FLOAT
4 ounces soft style cream cheese
12 ounces strawberry soda
2 scoops berry frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream
Blend together soft-style cream cheese and strawberry pop (3 parts soda to1 part cream cheese).
Add scoops of frozen yogurt.
CHOCOLATE CARAMEL CAPPUCCINO
Makes 2 to 3 servings
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons Chocolate Flavor NESTLÉ® NESQUIK Syrup
3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
1 tablespoon TASTER'S CHOICE®
100% Pure Instant Coffee
Place water, milk, Nesquik, caramel topping and TASTER'S CHOICE in a microwave-safe pitcher. Microwave
on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 minutes or until hot; stir.
Serve immediately.
CRANBERRY EGGNOG
6 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1-quart cranberry juice
2 cups heavy whipping cream
Dash of ground nutmeg
Beat egg yolks until lemon colored. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and beat for 5 minutes more. Set aside.
Beat whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar to the whites.
Beat until stiff and glossy. Fold whites into yolk mixture. Stir in
cold juice and cream. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Refrigerate.
EASY PUDDING MILK SHAKE
3 cups cold milk
1 small box instant Jell-O Pudding, any flavor
1 1/2 cups ice cream, any flavor
Pour milk into blender container.
Add pudding mix and Ice Cream; cover. Blend on high speed 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish as desired. Serve immediately.
FRESH TOMATO JUICE COCKTAIL
11 cups fresh tomatoes
3 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 bay leaves
3 tablespoons chopped onion
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons horseradish
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
Cook tomatoes, celery, green pepper, bay leaves and onion for 20 minutes, then put through a sieve.
Add remaining ingredients. Chill.
GODIVA FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE
4 cups whole milk
12 tablespoons Godiva Classic Milk Chocolate Cocoa *
2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons milk chocolate shavings
* You can also use Dark Chocolate Truffle Cocoa or Chocolate Mocha Cocoa.

Warm the milk in a small pot over a medium flame. Stir in the cocoa and whisk constantly. Do not boil. Remove from the stove and cover with foil. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Pour the hot cocoa mixture in to ice cube trays or a metal bowl. Freeze. Remove the chocolaty mixture from the freezer and allow to soften for approximately 20 minutes.
Drop the slushy cubes or chunks into a blender. Pulse intermittently until smooth and slightly icy. You may have to add a little fresh milk to help with the process.
Immediately pour into a large glass bowl. Top with fresh whipped cream and milk chocolate shavings. Sink a straw in for everyone at your table.
Sip and enjoy!
HÄAGEN-DAZS® LEMON CHIFFON SHAKE
Source: haagen-dazs.com
1 pint (2 cups) Haagen-Dazs®
Vanilla ice cream, slightly softened*
3/4 cup skim milk
3 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate
In blender container, combine all ingredients. Cover; blend until smooth.
Serve immediately.
4 (3/4 cup) servings.
*Tip: To soften ice cream, put container in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes or until easy to scoop.
HOT CHOCOLATE TO DIE FOR
2 to 3 ounces milk chocolate
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup half-and-half or cream
For each cup, in a double boiler combine the chocolate, butter and vanilla extract. Stir together until completely melted and smooth. Then add the half-and-half or cream slowly, incorporating it gradually as it heats, but do not boil.
Serve over a handful of miniature marshmallows garnished with a dash of nutmeg.
HOT DR. PEPPER ®
12 ounces Dr. Pepper®
2 lemon slices
Pour the Dr. Pepper® into a saucepan. Heat until it is hot and bubbly, at exactly 170 degrees F. Place a lemon slice in the bottom of each of two mugs. Pour the Dr. Pepper® into the mugs, then serve immediately.

ITALIAN CREAM SODA
Fill a 16 ounce glass with ice and add 4 tablespoons flavored syrup (for drinks...like hazelnut or vanilla).
Fill with club soda to within 1 inch from top. Top off with whipped cream on top (optional).
LEMONADE SHAKE
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
1 (12 ounce) can lemon-lime soda
1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
2 drops yellow food coloring (if desired)
Combine ice cream, soda and lemonade concentrate in a 1-quart container with a lid. Cover and shake until smooth. If desired, add food coloring, cover and shake again.
Makes 2 cups.
LEMONADE TEA
2 family-size tea bags
1-quart water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 (10 ounce) can frozen lemonade
2 quarts water
Bring 1 quart water to boil. Add tea bags and turn off heat. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Add remaining ingredients.
Mix and refrigerate.
To serve, add 1 two-liter bottle ginger ale Serve over ice.

MARASCHINO CHERRY LEMONADE
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 cups cold water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
6 ounces undrained maraschino cherries.
In a large pitcher, combine hot water and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add cold water, lemon juice and cherries with their juice; mix well.
Serve over ice.

MEXICAN COCOA
2 cups milk
3 (1-inch) cinnamon sticks
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Ground cinnamon (optional)
Heat milk and cinnamon sticks over low heat until steaming. Do not boil. Place chocolate and sugar in warm, small bowl. Discard cinnamon sticks. Pour milk over chocolate
and sugar and let stand 1 minute. Whisk until dissolved.
Serve in mugs with a sprinkling of cinnamon, if desired.
Makes 2 servings.
MINT COW
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1/8 teaspoon mint or peppermint flavoring
1 cup milk
1 scoop or 1/2 cup ice cream
Mix syrup with milk and peppermint. Stir well and add ice cream.

NUTTY VANILLA MILK
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pour milk into microwave-safe glass bowl and heat on HIGH (100% power) until it is hot, about 80 seconds.
Stir remaining ingredients into hot milk, and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour into mugs and serve immediately.
Makes 2 servings.
ORANGE BLISS
1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 cup ice cold water
4 large marshmallows
1 cup vanilla ice cream
15 ice cubes
Pour into blender orange juice and water. Blend approximately 5 seconds or until mixture it liquid.
Add ice cream, marshmallows and enough ice cubes so that when they are finely crushed the mixture will be thick like a milk shake. Since ice cubes vary in size you may have to add or delete a few.
Pour into serving glasses and garnish with an orange slice or marshmallow and cherry.

ORANGE CREAM
4 cups orange juice
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 pint vanilla ice cream
In a large saucepan, combine orange juice, cinnamon and vanilla over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, and reduce to low heat. Simmer 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks. Stir in ice cream. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until heated through. Do not allow mixture to boil. Serve with mini marshmallows if desired.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
PEACHY YOGURT COOLER
1/2 cup milk
1 (6 ounce) container Yoplait Original peach yogurt
1 peach, peeled and cut-up
Ground nutmeg
Place milk, yogurt and peach in the blender. Cover and blend on high speed about 30 seconds or until smooth. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
PINEAPPLE-BANANA SLUSH
1 medium-size ripe banana
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
2 tablespoons honey
Ice cubes
Combine first 3 ingredients in container of an electric blender.
Add enough ice cubes to measure 3 cups. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
RUSSIAN TEA
2 cups Tang
1/2 cup instant tea
1 package powdered lemonade mix
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix together well. Store in a covered jar, and use as you would instant tea.
STRAWBERRY-CHEESECAKE SHAKE
1 (10 ounce) package frozen
sliced strawberries, thawed
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
Combine all ingredients in blender container; process mixture until smooth. Serve immediately.
TIDEWATER TEA
1 quart strong tea
1 cup cherry juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
4 whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon
Simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve hot.
This makes 4 to 6 servings.
TWINKIE MALT
2 cups milk
6 Hostess Twinkies
4 Oreo cookies
3 cups vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup milk
Blend milk and Twinkies for 5 to 10 seconds. Add Oreo cookies. Blend together. Add 3 cups vanilla ice cream. Blend until smooth. Pour in milk and enjoy.
VIENNESE CHOCOLATE
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups boiling water
4 cups scalded milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler over hot water. Stir in sugar and salt and slowly add boiling water, blending well. Add scalded milk. Simmer the mixture for a few minutes and then beat with a whisk until frothy. Add vanilla extract.
Serve chocolate from a heated coffee pot and use demitasse cups. Add whipped cream separately.
 

Seasonal Simple Safety Steps

Monday, 12 December 2016 16:23

A good way to begin a day is with a hearty breakfast.  A staple of many morning meals is toasted bread or bagel.  Also a toaster that is reluctant to “release a piece of toasted bread becomes a dangerous safety threat.  The Newtown Square Fire Company, a 100-plus year community protection organization began it toaster safety suggestion with a simple statement, “Avoid possible life-threatening dangers and a possible dangerous fire through the simple ‘remove the danger by unplugging the toaster’.”

Newtown Square’s Fire Chief Doug Everlof added, “Far too often, there are reports of hungry toast makers trying to dislodge a piece of stubborn of bread or a bagel by using a fork, a knife or some other available metal kitchen device, all without removing the electrical danger. This is simply done by removing the appliance’s plug from the wall receptacle. Once the electrical danger is eliminated, there are several simple ways to retrieve the item being toasted.’

Using the commercially available, non-metallic tools constructed for the safe removal of jammed food items lodged in the toaster is far better than using metal eating or cooking utensils.  Always be gentle in this removal process.

Echoing his safety concerns from previously shared comments, Deputy Fire Chief George Guyer IV volunteered, “Even when a removal of food is done with an ‘unplugged toaster’ there are other dangers.  By using any rigid removal tool, the unseen, obscured heating wires can be moved from internal supports. When the toaster is used after the unrecognized, unintentional moving of the heating elements can either make unwanted alteration to pattern of the heating wires or an unwanted heating wire contact with the metal case of the toaster. “

Both events can be dangerous. The changes in the wiring patterns can result in fire. The unseen contact by any of the dislodged heating wires and the metal shell of the toasting device can result in the possibility of an electric shock or produce a fire.

Commenting on the combined activities of the holiday period, Chief Doug Everlof added, “Simple, but effective safety steps are key ingredients in both fire and injury prevention. This is the time of the year for fun and family, not for injuries or fires.  Please include safety in all of the family’s activities.”

 

Saturday Night Fire

Monday, 12 December 2016 10:45

As many residents of Newtown Square’s Larchmont neighborhood were either thinking about bedtime or watching late Saturday night television on December 10, a series of events altered lives and properties on both Northwood and Barren Road.   Calls to the Delaware County Fire Dispatch at approximately 11:16 p.m.  told of afire whose flames were visible more than a block away.

As apparatus of Newtown Square’s and Broomall’s Fire Companies approached the reported Northwood, near Dutton Drive location, their radio messages echoed the initially reported information supplied to the Delaware County 9 1 1   These initial fire ground reports added the heavily involved fire was in a building located at rear of the property,  

This on-scene report validated the initial dispatch including fire crews and apparatus from Upper Providence’s Rose Tree Fire Company and a specialty-service Rapid Intervention Crew from the Media Fire Company.  Also included were medical crews from Riddle Hospital. As these initial firefighters approached the fiercely burning structure, they found the intensity of the seemingly well-fueled fire had ignited a parked car and had begun to melt the siding of the adjacent residence.

This heat and flames from this building at the rear of the Northwood property across the property border to ignite a nearby building belonging to a Barren Road neighbor.

The amount of post-extinguishing activities, including overhaul, also included working with the Newtown Township Fire Marshal in his routine investigation. These responsibilities prompted a cooperative request for the dispatch of a ladder truck from Haverford Township’s Brookline Fire Company and a pumper from West Chester, Chester County.  While staged to respond from the Newtown Square Fire Company, they performed cover-up services for emergencies in both Newtown and Marple Townships.

 

Basic Emergency Tools

Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:39

In the event of an emergency prompted by natural events or any event that results in a family or neighborhood isolation or loss of utilities, families must be prepared to meet these challenges.  The Newtown Square Fire Company has prepared recommendations for basic survival is a basic collection of Emergency supplies.  This collection should be for a minimum, three-day emergency.

To meet the challenges of emergencies, being prepared and being calm are key ingredients in assuring safety. The most basic life-sustaining item is water.

To be basically prepared for a period of isolation, the Newtown Square Fire Company suggests a minimum of one gallon of bottled water per person per day. Deputy Fire Chief George Guyer IV has suggested using a collection of smaller, individual bottles for this life sustaining water.

Food supplies should comprise of items that do not require either cooking or refrigeration.  The nutrients are of greater importance than methods of preparations. With this concept in mind, a list of foods might include, in part, the following:

  • Canned goods (for example: meat, tuna, soup, fruit, vegetables)
  • Food bars (for example: protein, cereal, granola)
  • Infant supplies (formula, food, and diapers)

Remember to include a manual can opener.

First aid supplies, while not limited to the following, should include:

  • Bandages of assortment of sizes and types.
  • Antiseptic spray or antibiotic ointment
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers
  • Family medical supplies, well labeled, and copies of prescriptions

Flashlights and extra batteries Radio with extra batteries

Cell phone extending battery and/or solar cell charger

Matches in water-proofing container and/or a lighter

Convenience Items:
Paper plates and cups, plus plastic forks, knives, and spoons
Plastic storage containers and sealable bags
Toilet paper and facial tissues

Personal care items:
Toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss
Soap, antibacterial wipes
Feminine supplies

Do not forget to included ideas and supplies for the family pets.  The local firefighters remind residents to include a minimum three-day supply of pet food and adequate water for these important family companions.

 

Winter Safety

Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:45

The prolonged warmer temperatures that hint of the last days of summer or early fall can easily prompt a dangerous, seasonal neglect to the safety and efficiency of the home’s heating system.  Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof reminds residents, “A simple act of forgetfulness or procrastination because the weather is not yet “winter-like” can prove to be unhealthy and dangerous.

The longer the hesitation to arrange for a heating system checkup, the greater the risk that a scheduled, professional inspection and any necessary repairs may not be able to be accomplished before the prolonged home heating begins.   In addition to the possibility of increased operating cost, the motivation to assurance there will be no dangers of carbon monoxide leaks can all be motivators.

Chief Everlof has reminded residents, “The potential life-threats from carbon monoxide—the silent, odorless potential killer—should be the only nudge that anyone should ever require to make sure a heating system is working properly and can be dependable and safe for the current heating season.“ As a safety ‘parachute,’ Newtown Square Fire Chief added a reminder that properly installed and working CO Monitors should also be installed near each of the resident’s sleeping areas.

Prevention in all the many aspects of daily living is a key element in each of the many facets of community protection that are routinely addressed by the Newtown Square Fire Company.  Each of these activities are the daily responsibilities of the firefighters and officers that are the Newtown Square Fire Company.  These dedicated neighbors are not alone in this effort. Chief Everlof added, “Safety must also be addressed by the entire community we protect.”

 

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Follow the Message

As many workers were driving to work or when travelling later Wednesday, July 5, they learned the news telling of a preventable fatality in a Bensalem, Bucks County fire.   In the broadcast of this morning news story and carry-over coverage in the midday television and daytime news, there was a special message often heard by Delaware County residents.

The message shared by the Bensalem fire official duplicated a life-safety suggestion offered many times by Newtown Square Fire Company Chief Doug Everlof.   The life of the 39-year-old, Bucks County resident was lost in the fire because she re-entered the burning home to rescue a pet.

Chief Everlof has many times volunteered, “Please remember the important saying in any kind of fire—Get Out, Call Out, and Stay Out.

Once out of a fire area, everyone must avoid the temptation to return to a burning area.  Many lives have been lost in attempts to rescue lives of family members, friends, or pets.  It is common to learn the feared-lost people or pets will have made their way out of the building.

A companion reminder has again been shared by Chief Everlof.  He volunteered, “Whenever the above safety message is shared, always go and stay at an established, reinforced safe, special, and four-season meeting location.”

 

 
Training Displays Firefighter Rescue Skills

The targets of the ongoing training of the Newtown Square Fire Company are traditionally focused on all members of the local 100-plus year community life- and property-saving organization.  This was demonstrated by a recent educational exercise. As both a challenge for upcoming training evaluations for current students attending a current Rescue Intervention Team (RIT) training program as well as the remainder of the Newtown Square Fire Company members

The background for details about this potential, life-saving RIT process and some specifics behind the RIT-member’s skills and activities are included in an earlier feature provided by the Newtown Square Fire Company

This recent RIT training was directed by Engine Captain Chris Young. This realistic education session was held within the local fire station located on North Newtown Street Road. Every part of the exercise duplicated similar events in a typical fire, with one exception.

That single exception was the sound of a telltale, warning sound from a Personal Alert Safety System (PASS Device).  This lifesaving, alert tool is assigned to the portable breathing apparatus used by local fire fighters.  This current safety device senses when the firefighter is not able or capable of moving.  A very identifiable sound from changes both the mood of the other firefighters as well as beginning a special rescue focus by a set of firefighters—crew members of the RIT.

Captain Young replicated the blinding of the RIT members would experience in a smoke-filled area.  By covering the by covering the face masks of the combined RIT members, this team was required to do a thorough search for the source of the alerting device.

This combination of the response to an immediate alerting sound “screaming” through blinding conditions that parrot what would be experienced in a realistic search for a “downed” firefighter.  Using their individual experiences in firefighting, several investigations were used as these RIT members found a louder path to the missing sound source

Controlling their adrenaline demands, these dedicated, specially-skilled firefighters continued to move in their quest for this “missing person’s warning sound source.  This goal found the stranded pseudo firefighter, a 180-pound stuffed training dummy.  He was located under a bunk in the upper floor sleeping area of the fire station.

The successful radio message alerting the training commander of this discovery and rescue was welcomed information shared by all the attendees at the evening training.   Chief Doug Everlof added, “This location, and ‘life saving effort’ is a reward for team training and RIT efforts”