Biddle's Corner

Summer heat dangers have arrived

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Summer has arrived as have the oppressive seasonal temperatures. With the
increasing possibilities of breaking temperature records, the Newtown Square Fire
Company stresses the importance of keeping comfortable and avoiding the dangers of
these dangerous temperatures.

Read more: Summer heat dangers have arrived

 

Don't become a turkey

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

People do not in any way resemble a turkey. In a seasonal weather statement,
the Newtown Square Fire Company’s retired Assistant Chief for EMS, Lisa Migliori,
commented, “In the summer, many unknowing people treat themselves like a holiday
bird that is placed in a convection oven.”

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Smoke Detectors

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

This is the time of the year when many families, friends, and neighbors share in the joy of a graduation.
Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Simpson has shared a timely collection of observations, “Home
safety and graduation have many concepts that are common to both.”

Read more: Smoke Detectors

Hidden Fire Hydrants

Written by L. James Biddle Thursday, 17 May 2012 00:00

With the warmer weather and the seasonal rains, the Newtown Square Fire Company finds
itself sharing a safety concern that traditionally is a winter and snow topic. The unusually
accelerated growth patterns of this year have challenged winter’s snow in hiding fire hydrants.

One recently seen area hydrant was already on its way of being hidden by green growth. Chief
Doug Simpson shared the dangers in hard-to-see fire hydrants when he explained, “Newtown
Square firefighters are aware of the locations of the Borough fire hydrants, but if a neighboring
fire company were to assist Newtown Square, they don’t have this familiarity.”

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2012 Fund Drive Appeal

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

Well into the Newtown Square Fire Company’s 2012 Funding Appeal, President William
P. Baker once more urges residents and businesses to respond to this annual appeal.
Members of the local volunteer-based life- and property-saving organization stress there
is a true urgency to this request for funding.

In conversations with residents and at community gatherings, the Fire Company
continues to learn there is a misconception about their identity. The quality of this
organization’s services and apparatus gives the incorrect impression the local fire and
rescue services are tax funded.

Read more: 2012 Fund Drive Appeal

Avoid falls in the spring

Written by Web Master Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:52

Even with the rollercoaster temperatures, spring 2012 has arrived. At this time of the
year, the Newtown Square Fire Company realistically senses the residents are torn
between indoor and outdoor projects. “With good timing and planning, both can be
done and done well,” volunteered Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Simpson.

Read more: Avoid falls in the spring

 

Smoke detector concerns

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

all but a few of the 2012 fire deaths, the common, post-emergency statement by fire command
officials cites there were no working Smoke Detectors. These simple, easy-to-install life- and property-
saving devices cost only pennies a day. An even greater act of neglect, when there have been Smoke
Detectors installed, is there were no working batteries.

Read more: Smoke detector concerns

Poison problem in spring

Written by L. James Biddle Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:00

Between weather fostered allergies and seasonal colds, the use of prescription and
over-the-counter medicines is increasing. The Newtown Square Fire Company warns
that with the medicinal increase there is an accompanying increase—the dangers of
accidental poisonings.

Newtown Square Fire Company’s former Assistant Chief/EMS Lisa Migliori reminds
parents that one of the greatest foundations for the accidental poisonings is the
confusion that children have when medicines are thought to be a form of candy. She
explained, “This confusion may be foster by the similarities of shape, size, and color.
The sugar coatings often used to make pills or capsules more taste-attractive is another
source of confusion and accidental poisonings.”

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Is it NOW or possibly NEVER?

Written by L. James Biddle Wednesday, 07 March 2012 00:00

It seems some of the early vintage, automatic time-changing clocks are not able to recognize that the US Government has changed the date for the springtime switch to Daylights Savings Time.  More important than a possible missed appointment because of the time change is the dangers resulting from a failure to put new batteries in the home’s Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Monitor.

Read more: Is it NOW or possibly NEVER?

When winter comes, be ready

Written by L. James Biddle Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:00

While a flirtation with winter arrived prematurely in October, this early arrival is no guarantee this unexpected snow and the cool-to-cold temperatures will be the region’s only winter experience. One simple question from the Newtown Square Fire Company may become a welcomed act of safety preparation.

Read more: When winter comes, be ready

 

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