Biddle's Corner

FAST can be good

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

The causes of strokes vary.  While national stroke-affiliated organizations have selected the month of May for their special stroke education, the Newtown Square Fire Company’s Lisa Migliori has stress there cannot be too much information about the recognition of the signs of this life-threatening condition.  She stressed, “Time is a key factor in hoping to stop or reverse the damages from strokes.”

Addressing the more common causes for a stroke, the Newtown Square Fire Company’s EMS advisor stated, “ A stroke happens when a part of the brain dies from lack of blood, usually because one of the arteries that supply oxygen-carrying blood to the brain has been damaged.”

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Staying safe when gutter cleaning

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00

Autumn is a season where many people make pilgrimages to see the fall foliage.  The beauty of colorful leaves looses its luster when another seasonal event involving leaves occurs.  This removal of leaves from the home’s gutters is itself a safety effort. This project raises concerns by members of the Newtown Square Fire Company.   People can be hurt during this seasonal project.

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Time for support

Written by L. James Biddle Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Recent media accounts have reported how a Tennessee firefighting organization refused to extinguish a fire because the occupant had not previously subscribed to an annual fee for fire protection.  Please be advised the Newtown Square Fire Company continues its mission of dedication since 1916 and we do not charge a fee.

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Careful buying avoids risks

Written by L. James Biddle Tuesday, 28 September 2010 00:00

As the sunsets very subtly come earlier as autumn begins its seasonal patterns, Doug Simpson, Chief of the Newtown Square Fire Company has issued a seasonal reminder.   He reminds residents that many of the summer activities can create a collection of garden and household items.   These simple, but serious concerns are motivated by possible safety dangers.

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Preventing falls

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

Along with others, the Newtown Square Fire Company is aware that autumn has arrived.  One of the seasonal concerns is the introduction of wet leaves and eventually, ice and snow as potential causes of falls. Attention to the causes of falls does not have to wait for the effects of weather.

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Keeping safe by keep clean

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00

One reality that is a special focus of the Newtown Square Fire Company is the truth that hand washing has been a valued way of preventing colds and other illnesses since the discovery of bacteria. In discussing this theme, the Fire Company’s Emergency Medical Advisor stated, “ At one time, hand washing was a common family event.  Yet today, far too many people are eating out or eating ‘on-the-go’.”

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Call first saves lives

Written by L. James Biddle Wednesday, 08 September 2010 00:00

As leaves begin to fall, the days will show signs of growing shorter, and the pressures to complete pre-winter tasks escalate, the temptation for shortcuts causes concerns for the Newtown Square Fire Company.  The outdoor activities often involve digging.  The combination of a lack of familiarity or forgetfulness about the location of what lies below the surface of the soil can create chaos or danger.

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School habits for drivers

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00

Many children are hiding from the reality that the starting of school is just around the corner.   The Newtown Square Fire Company stresses that there is one reality that both students and the drivers of area vehicles must address.  With the start of school in this area, traditionally soon after the Labor Day holiday, students will be back in school.

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Medical news for students

Written by L. James Biddle Thursday, 26 August 2010 00:00


Some college students are leaving home for the first long period of time.  These students may need some guidance or help in selecting items to take to school.  Other students are returning as veteran students. Lisa Migliori, the head of the former Newtown Square Fire Company Ambulance crews has created a short list of health items for both groups.  This list is based upon personal experiences and observations.

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Maintaining safety

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00


Observations of safety statistics continue to demonstrate that Seat Belts and the companion upper body restraints are saving lives.  The battle for total acceptance of this concept continues to have resistance. Equally concerning are those who wear these items, but also do other things the defeat the safety provided by these life-saving tools.

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