Smithfield Fire is proud to announce the Mobile Integrated Health Program. “Paramedics Assisting Citizens”. For more information, click the link below to view our flyer.
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Lt. Stephen Winsor was recognized as the RI State EMS for Children Champion during a ceremony held at the RI State House on May 26th, 2023.
Thank you, Lt. Winsor, for your hard work and dedication. We are fortunate to have you!
Drinking too much alcohol is not a good idea in extremely cold temperatures. Alcohol is dehydrating, which is less noticeable during the winter. Alcohol also interferes with the body’s internal thermometer, which can prevent shivering, and result in an accelerated loss of body heat.
Charge Your Cellphone
The importance of a cellphone can’t be overstated. These are the ultimate emergency devices, so make sure yours is charged and ready to go.
Don’t Forget About Your Pets
Blizzards can be especially hazardous for pets. During heavy snowfall, keep your dog on a leash during walks and add some colorful identifying tags to the collar. Also, be wary of melting ice; it can be very painful for dogs to walk over and is potentially toxic if ingested.
Exercise Caution When Shoveling
Shoveling is a necessity, but it’s also an easy way to throw out your back and even induce a heart attack. Remember to take constant breaks and stay hydrated.
Wearing three to four layers of clothing is the most effective way to insulate your body. Packing on some light-weight jackets or vests underneath a winter coat and wind breaker will allow you to tolerate the winter chill. Do not forget hats and earmuffs to keep warm.
Never Use a Generator Indoors
If you have an alternative power source such as a generator, make sure not to use it inside, even if it’s located in a basement, garage, or crawlspace. The fumes it creates contain carbon monoxide, which can be especially dangerous to children, the elderly, and pets.
Staying off the roads and remaining indoors is the best way to avoid winter hazards, but once the wind and the snow taper off, don’t be afraid to step outside and enjoy the snow.
Watch for Frostbite and Hypothermia
Symptoms for hypothermia include dizziness, exhaustion, and severe shivering. Symptoms for frostbite include numbness; flushed gray, white, blue, or yellow skin discoloration; or waxy-feeling skin. If you think you’re afflicted with either, call 911.
With the pending BLIZZARD, it will be very difficult to find fire hydrants in an emergency. Although we eventually get to hydrants after a storm, the blizzard will create a two-day event for us to get to all of the hydrants.
For safety sake, PLEASE shovel the snow from the hydrants near your house.
It is very important that fire hydrants are clear of snow and ice after a snow storm. The time lost for the fire department to find a fire hydrant could mean the difference between a small fire in a house or a house that is no longer habitable.
Please clear fire hydrants near your house or business of snow and ice. If done properly, the hydrant should look like this.
The top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.
- Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
- Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
- Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
- Keep your live Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits.
- Water your live Christmas tree daily to keep it from becoming dry.