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Safety Messages

Hot Pets? Not Cool!

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Remember, 5-10 minutes is all it takes for heatstroke to be fatal for your pet! Don't leave your pets in the car in warm weather!

Walk This Way!

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Use Your Crosswalks!

With school starting soon, we want to remind everyone in our district, especially our students, to look left, look right before you cross the street!

Slow Down in Our Town!

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Slow Down in Our Town!

With school starting for many of our young residents, we want to remind all of our drivers to control your speed and to keep an eye on the crosswalks in town!

Balance: If You Don't USE It, You Can LOSE It!

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Balance: if you don't USE it, you can LOSE it!

September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month. Elizabeth Fire responds to many medical calls a year involving falls. One of the best ways to prevent falls is to practice balance. In the attached photo, our crews demonstrate several helpful exercises to help you practice balance daily.

Don't Risk a Fall! Use Ladders Properly!

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Don't Risk a Fall! Use Ladders Properly!

September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month. Here are some tips for staying safe while on a ladder:

- Use the right ladder for the job.
- Never lean or reach away from the ladder.
- Inspect your ladder before use to ensure nothing is broken.
- Set up the ladder correctly.
- Climb and descend the ladder carefully.
- Have a spotter.
- Be safe and use common sense!

A fall can happen to anyone, but prevention is the key to staying safe!

'Tis the Season to Warm Your House Safely!

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Photo of an incorrect way to use a space heater
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'Tis the Season to Warm Your House Safely!
More home fires occur during the cold winter months than any other time of year. Here are some tips to make sure you and your loved ones are both warm and safe as you use space heaters this holiday season.
- Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat.
- Heaters must be kept at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, such as paper, clothing, rugs and furniture.
- Do not allow pets or children play too close to the space heater.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms.

Please Water Your Live Tree...So We Don't Have To!

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Photo of firefighters in bunker gear in front of a fire engine with the caption "...So We Don't Have To."
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Please Water Your Live Tree...So We Don't Have To!
Did you know safety never takes a holiday? See below for some tips on keeping your home safe (and decorated!) this holiday season!
- Always turn Christmas lights out before leaving your home or going to bed.
- Keep trees away from heat sources like radiators, fireplaces, and space heaters.
- Keep your live tree hydrated! Check the tree stand water level every day, and make sure the water level covers the tree stem not less than 2 inches.
- Dispose of your tree immediately after the season ends and before the needles dry out.

Think Twice Before Walking On Ice!

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Think Twice Before Walking on Ice!

Winter is here, and, with it, some hazardous weather conditions! Below are some tips on how to walk safely on snow and ice:

- Wear footwear that is made to walk on snow and ice.
- Take short steps or shuffle for stability.
- Walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over your feet as much as possible.
- Keep your hands free and out of your pockets. Wear gloves.
- Use designated walkways.
- Snow can act like a blanket and cover ice so that it is difficult to see. Watch for ice patches under snow and black ice on streets.

Heating Safely in Cold Weather

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Elizabeth Fire Rescue is no stranger to clamp on heat lamp fires. With cold temperatures coming in this weekend, help keep animals and people safe with proper heating devices. Below are some tips on using heat lamps safely:

- Clean up cobwebs and dust before using.
- Keep wires out of reach of children and small animals, and make sure they aren't a tripping hazard.
- Double secure the lamp.
- Use heat lamp cages.
- Check lamps for frayed wires before using.
- Avoid the use of extension cords.
- Make sure your heat lamp is UL rated.
- Keep the heat lamp 3 feet away from anything that might catch on fire or burn easily.

Remember: always better safe than sorry!

Be In The Know When It Comes To Shoveling Snow!

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Be In The Know When It Comes To Shoveling Snow!
Winter is here! Don't forget these shoveling safety tips!
- Warm up before you start.
- Start slow and take it easy.
- Keep your back neutral.
- Lift with your knees.
- Keep your shovel light. Don't try to shovel too much at once.
- Take breaks and stay hydrated.

A Healthy Heart: Nothing BEATS It!

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Photo of firefighter holding an apple with the caption "EAT Well!"
Photo of firefighter walking on the treadmill with the caption "MOVE Daily!"
Photo of firefighters standing in front of a water cooler, giving a thumbs up, and holding water cups with the caption "HYDRATE Often!"
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A Healthy Heart: Nothing BEATS It!
 
EAT well!
MOVE daily!
HYDRATE often!
SLEEP well!
STRESS less!
LOVE your heart!