It is fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk of a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart. When you’re decorating with live trees, make sure you keep the tree watered. If a dry tree comes in contact with a flame, it can […]
Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. Nationally, 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us […]
Extreme cold can lead to hypothermia and frostbite. Be aware of the signs & symptoms. See the chart below.
Do not forget the following: Carbon monoxide or CO is a colorless and odorless gas. CO poisoning can occur when a fuel-burning appliance or machine, such as a furnace, heater or generator, is not working or vented properly. Breathing in CO at high levels can be fatal. Learn what you can do to protect your […]
If you’re like many Americans, you’re starting off the New Year with a resolution to improve your health. As you work towards your resolution, consider one additional step to maintain your health: fire prevention. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is urging everyone to make 2016 a healthy and fire-safe year. Most people say they feel […]
Listed below are some safety issues that should be attended to during the winter months. Please take a moment to review each so that you may have a safe new year. Happy New Year from the men and women of the Smithfield Fire Department. (CLICK ON THE BLUE WORD FOR INFORMATION ON EACH TOPIC) Candles The top […]
Message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and […]
Statistics to share Based on 2006-2010 annual averages: Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires. Two-thirds (67%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted for […]
October 14, 2015 Jack-o’-lanterns, paper spiders, and dried cornstalks are hallmarks of Halloween. Unfortunately, these spooky symbols also can present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. Learn five quick ways to ensure your Halloween holiday is safe, festive, and fun! By Lorraine Carli of National Fire Protection Association […]
With the start of a new school year fast approaching, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds all drivers, students and parents to put safety first in school zones and near bus stops. Students travel to school by a variety of means: school bus (the safest means of transportation to and from school), walking, […]
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has developed a “Back-to-School Safety Checklist” for parents to consider as school starts this week. You may click below to download a pdf version. [CLICK ON LINK BELOW FOR PDF VERSION] schoolsafety
The Smithfield Fire Department encourages members of the Smithfield community to participate in this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. See details below to sign up.
Summer Weather Safety and Survival Summer Safety Rules Your National Weather Service Forecast Office will usually initiate alert procedures when the daytime heat index is expected to exceed 105°F and the nighttime temperature remains at 80°F or more for at least two consecutive days. This will typically result in a Heat Advisory being issued for […]
Beat the heat and sun Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best […]