The Brigantine Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department responded to 32 fire calls and 73 Emergency Medical Service calls during Nov. 28-Dec. 11.
The fire calls included a structure fire, an electrical fire in a home as well as a smoldering electrical issue in a home, motor vehicle accidents with injuries, multiple residential and commercial fire, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, the odor of smoke inside a building, natural gas leaks inside of residential structures, arcing electrical utility wires, a controlled outside burning, as well as assisting the public, assisting the police department, assisting at various community events and assisting with multiple EMS calls.
The EMS calls included cardiac and respiratory emergencies, cardiac arrest, medical emergencies including syncope (loss of consciousness), altered mental status, cerebral vascular accidents (stroke), seizures, allergic reactions and diabetic emergencies, multiple overdoses, multiple traumas including suspected fractures, laceration and other injuries, psychiatric emergencies, fall victims as well as assisting with lifting and moving patients.
The members of the Brigantine Fire Department hope you have a safe and happy holiday season. Here are a few facts, figures and recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association to keep you and your family safe:
The top three days for home candle fires in the United States are Christmas, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Remember to extinguish any burning candles prior to going to bed and prior to leaving your home, even if you’re only going to be outside a few minutes. Also, remember to keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
Remember to keep children and pets away from lit candles. Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved with 35 percent of home Christmas tree fires. Remember to be careful with holiday decorations and to choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. Also, some lights are for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Remember to check the packaging and instruction prior to putting them up.
Always replace any strings of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect together from one electrical outlet.
Many families purchase a live Christmas tree. Remember to choose one with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk. Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Always remember to add water to the tree stand daily. Always turn Christmas tree lights off before leaving your home or going to bed. Lastly, never use lit candles to decorate the tree.