Biddle's Corner

Start today. Tomorrow may be too late

Written by L. James Biddle Monday, 19 July 2010 13:55

A question often asked of newer members of the Newtown Square Fire Company following a response is, “What did you learn from this call?”   The same question can be asked of local residents following the recent series of dangerous and inconveniencing weather.  Chief Doug Simpson has reminded residents that, in light of this year’s hurricane forecast, we may not be done with this year’s bad weather.

Chief Simpson quickly added, “What and when are the residents going to prepare themselves.”


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Lighting- dangerous and fickle

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00

One of the more picturesque events created by Mother Nature is also a killer topic. That paradox is lightning. While fireworks are a common form of entertainment, the fireworks of nature are extremely dangerous. 

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Staying out of an oven

Written by L. James Biddle Monday, 12 July 2010 00:00

With the introduction of the concept of a convection oven, an increase in cooking efficiency was introduced.  The fan-forced directing of heat onto objects within the enclosed container was a contrast to the former, conventional oven.

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Sun time is not always fun time

Written by L. James Biddle Saturday, 05 June 2010 00:00

With the snows of the past winter plus the rains that have dotted spring, many people are thinking sun and sand, as well as outdoor yard work.   These seasonal events prompt Newtown Square Fire Company’s ‘retired’ Assistant Chief-EMS, Lisa Migliori to issue a seasonal warning.

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Cooking dangers

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00

Summer is a time for cookouts and fun.  This theme of happy activities also fosters some strong concerns for the Newtown Square Fire Company.   The unexpected arrival of rain can easily interrupt outdoor cooking. What happens when the rain arrives has fostered the concerns of the local firefighters.

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A Community invitation

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00

Far too often the sights and sounds of the Newtown Square Fire Company creates a mental picture of people in danger.  An upcoming community event will help create a pleasant experience.  This dramatic, positive image alteration is the product of non-emergency event.  The Newtown Square Fire Company is celebrating the “new life” of three pieces of Fire Company vehicles.

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Pre summer safety primer

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 14 May 2010 00:00

When asked how many days of school remain, most students and a representative number of teachers have an answer.   What is known is that the current school year is drawing to a close and this generates safety concerns by members of the Newtown Square Fire Company.

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Safety is job one

Written by L. James Biddle Thursday, 06 May 2010 00:00

Two unyielding goals of the Newtown Square Fire Company continue to be key items within that organization’s budgeting and Fund Drive process.   Safety and security head the non-educational elements of the 94-year old public service organization outline for corporation spending.

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No one is immune from poison dangers

Written by L. James Biddle Sunday, 21 March 2010 00:00

While much of the attention for poison awareness has a focus upon children and the youth, there are two additional population segments that are prompting an increasing amount of attention.  In describing these two additional groups, the Newtown Square Fire Company’s Emergency Medical Advisor, Lisa Migliori stressed, “Adults are not immune from poisonings and the elderly are surprisingly prone to problems for a collection of reasons.”
One of the contributing factors in the poisoning of adults is attributed in part to their general life-style.  When analyzed, the type of poisoning can be classed as accidental.   The “how and why’ of this type of poisoning has been stated by many experts as the product of trying to fit too many activities into an already busy schedule.
“This type of impact results in the failure to properly read instructions as well as failure to heed the instructions on the prescription’s label,” cited Mrs. Migliori.  She added, “It only takes a small mistake to result in an overdose or a dangerous reaction.   Invest time to read and heed and live.”
Convenience, economics, relying upon past practices, and pre occupation all help elderly adults become poisoning statistics. “By adding the general topic of mistaken identity and most poisonings in the age group are covered.   When trying to read a label without the proper glasses or when reading in darkened room far too often results in an improper dosage or an incorrect prescription,” stressed the Fire Company Emergency Medical Advisor.
Other contributing factors to accidental poisonings in the elderly include the event when someone automatically reaches for a medication that has been moved only to pickup something else by mistake.
Because many persons in this age group generally use smaller quantities or they often share medicines, the elderly sometimes stores their medicines in something other than the original container.   This introduces an additional danger.  “If grandchildren visit, these alternate containers often are similar to those that can be mistaken by young visitor.   This creates the secondary problem of the accidental poisoning of young visitors, cautioned Mrs. Migliori.

Poisons and children

Written by L. James Biddle Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00

Children and firefighters have a strong bond.   This youthful group within the population has traditionally been a strong focus for the safety training undertaken by the Newtown Square Fire Company. There is one area of safety where children along cannot be the target of this volunteer group’s special safety messages. Lisa Migliori, the Fire Company’s Emergency Medical Advisor explains, “Poison safety requires the special attention of the adults within the influence group of all children.”
As adults can easily relate, children in the age group of one to six years are natural explorers and mimics.  Statistics show many of the poison problems in this age category occur when children are exploring. This exploration comes from a child’s spilling, shaking, smelling, tasting and wiping of their hands on their skin or clothing.   These are the ways poisons come in contact with a child.
In explaining this danger, Mrs. Migliori adds, “This group of children has the highest fatality rate because of ingestion and the inability of newly developing organs to cope with a massive toxic exposure.  To combat this problem, adults must be extra careful in the storage and availability of poisonous substances.”
The Newtown Square firefighters join with national safety experts as they provide a primer of precautionary suggestions.  Proper recognition and storage, and never associating any medicine or other potentially poisonous substance as a food item, candy, or a parallel with other favorites of children are the first steps in avoiding exploration and possible sickness or death in this age group.
The second age group of children, ages five to 10, becomes another type of challenge.  The Newtown Square Fire Company’s Migliori reminds adults this age group is one that wants to become helpers. This new childish help occurs in the house, the garage, or in the yard.
Most accidental poisonings occur when children in this age group try to clean with the household products they see adults using. The increasing physical maturity may help in slowing, but not preventing the body’s responses to poison.  This does not translate to any avoidance in calling for help. 
Figures show that many poison cases in this age group have a slow “call for help” response because of social implication. Neither the child nor their adult family members want to make the necessary call to 9 1 1 because of embarrassment. .  Seconds count in all poison problems regardless of the age.  “Make the call to 9 1 1 as soon as there is an awareness of a possible or known poison problem,” stresses the Fire Company’s Medical Advisor.
In concluding this primer of child-poison safety, Mrs. Migliori adds, “Poisonous reactions can and must be prevented.  Remember that not all poison dangers come from ingestion.  Please practice special precautionary steps in these age groups.  Remember, poisoning can also result from inhalation and skin contact. With children, poison prevent is a steady and ongoing responsibility.  Never hesitate in getting professional help.  Always call 9 1 1 IMMEDIATELY.”

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