Run Report

Year         Total Calls for Service YTD            Fire Calls                   EMS Calls
2015                934                                                333                               601
2014                889                                                247                               642
2013                796                                                150                               646

Summer Heat Can be Deadly

Summer Heat can Be Deadly!
 

Recognizing and Caring for Heat-Related Emergencies could save a life. According to the American Red Cross Heat Cramps are:

  • Muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen.
  • Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat.

Heat Exhaustion typically involves the loss of body fluids through heavy sweating during strenuous exercise or physical labor in high heat and humidity. Signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; 
  • Heavy sweating; 
  • Headache; 
  • Nausea; 
  • Dizziness; 
  • Weakness; and 
  • Exhaustion.

If you or someone you are with experience any of these symptoms, take the following actions:

  • Move to a cooler place;
  • Remove or loosen tight clothing; 
  • Apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin; and
  • Drink small amounts of cool water.

If the water is refused, vomiting begins or consciousness is lost, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.


Heat Stroke (also known as sunstroke) is a life-threatening condition in which a person's temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself. Signs of heat stroke include:

  • Hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; 
  • Changes in consciousness; 
  • Vomiting; and 
  • High body temperature.
Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately. Next, move the person to a cooler place. then quickly cool the person's body by giving care as you would for heat exhaustion.

 

Need Help Cooling Off? Dial 211

 

 

When temperatures rise above 95 degrees, you should get inside and turn on the air conditioner. If you do not have an air conditioner, local cooling centers may be available. For the most up-to-date cooling center information, please call 2-1-1 and speak to a Call Center Specialist.

 

Cooling centers offer the general public air-conditioned relief and cool water during the hottest part of the day. Sites will be activated if an Excessive Heat Advisory or Warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

You can also visit the 2-1-1 website, http://211helps.org/Heating-Cooling-Sites.aspx to find a cooling center near you. This site allows users to enter a zip code to find nearby cooling centers. Please call the cooling center before going to it to make sure it is open. If you need transportation to a cooling center, 2-1-1 can help you find resources.  

 
 
 

CERT Class Begins September 15, 2014

certstl250.gifThe Eureka Emergency Management Agency, Eureka Fire District, & Eureka Police Department and will conduct a CERT training program begining September 14, 2015 and running 4 weeks on Monday evenings. Finishing on Saturday, October 10, 2015

Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) is made up of volunteers that have completed a course of study outlined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These volunteers would then help public safety organizations within the community if a disaster strikes. On-going training for the volunteers will also be offered to keep them prepared.

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services may not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages can prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs. This training will help those citizens and their neighbors to help themselves and neighborhood.

To register Click Here!
 

Heatstroke Safety tips for Children

Myth Busting Lightning!

"If there's lightning, lay down flat on the ground! Seek shelter under a tree! And don't touch someone who's been struck or you'll get shocked!" How many lightning myths have you heard?

The truth is if you lay down on the ground, you're more exposed to electrical currents running underground! Never seek shelter from lightning under a tree. It is actually the second leading cause of lightning fatalities! And if someone is struck by lightning, don't be scared to assist him or her immediately. The human body does not store electricity, and helping them immediately could be essential to their survival!

Before you go out in the rain, it is crucial to know your facts.

  • Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. 
  • Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires.
  • A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity.
  • Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes.

Keep yourself and others safe by being lighting aware. Lightning Safety Week begins June 22! For more information on lightning, visit the NOAA lightning page. And for thunderstorm safety tips visit the http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning.

NOAA lightning page. And for thunderstorm safety tips visit the http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning.

Open Burning

smokey.jpgDuring the spring and summer months in the St. Louis Area, we have many days of high temperatures, strong winds, and low humidity. These factors and intermittent rainfall can lead to dangerous grass and brush fires.

Per Missouri Department of Natural Resources Regulations-

St. Louis Metropolitan Area: Open burning of trees, tree leaves or brush is allowed only in areas outside of incorporated municipalities from Sept. 16 to April 14 of each calendar year.  These brush piles are limited to a base of 16 square feet and the burning is allowed from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m..

We always ask that Eureka Fire Protection District residents contact Engine House 1 at 636-938-5505 before burning so we may know about it first. Eureka Fire Protection District does not issue burn or bonfire permits, but we may advise you not to burn at any particular time due to conditions.

For more information, you can download a hotsheet with safety tips and state and local regulatory rules on open burning.

 

Summer Pet Safety Tips

8 Summer Safety Tips for Pets / Service Animals

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) here are hot weather tips to keep your pets safe!

1. Hydrate. Just like us, pets can become dehydrated quickly. Give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors.

2. Find Shade. Make sure you have a shady place for your pets when playing outdoors. Be careful not to overexercise pets. Bring pets inside if they become overheated!

3. Don't leave pets in the car. A hot day can easily leave a car feeling like a furnace. This can lead to a fatal heat stroke for your pet, even with the windows down!

4. Style for Summer. Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog. A dog needs hair to protect from sunburn and overheating. Brush cats often to help them stay cool. 

5. Avoid chemicals. Keep your pets away from areas that you suspect have been sprayed with chemicals such as insecticides. Call your veterinarian if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.

6. Hot asphalt can hurt! A dog's paw pads are very sensitive, so don't let your pup linger on hot asphalt for an extended period of time. Ouch!

7. Visit the vet. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm. Ask your doctor to recommend a safe flea and tick control program for the summer months.

8. Be smart. You probably know the warning signs. When pets exhibit excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, drooling, stupor or even collapse -- it's time to bring them inside!

Summertime Bicycle Safety

Bicycling and Skating Tips

The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet.

  • Make it a rule: every time you and your child ride a bike, wear a bicycle helmet that meets the safety standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • If your child is reluctant to wear a helmet, try letting him or her choose his own.

Helmet fit is important.

  • Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled but not too tightly.

Try the Eyes, Ears and Mouth Test:

  • EYES check: Position the helmet on your head.  Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
  • EARS check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a "V" under your ears when buckled.  The strap should be snug but comfortable.
  • MOUTH check:  Open your mouth as wide as you can.  Do you feel the helmet hug your head?  If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.

Use different helmets for different activities.

  • Children should always wear a helmet for all wheeled sports activities. A properly-fitted bike helmet is just as effective when riding a scooter, roller skating or inline skating. However, when skateboarding and long boarding, make sure your child wears a skateboarding helmet.

Proper equipment fit and maintenance are also important for safety.

  • Ensure proper bike fit by bringing the child along when shopping for a bike. Buy a bicycle that is the right size for the child, not one he will grow into. When sitting on the seat, the child’s feet should be able to touch the ground.
  • Make sure the reflectors are secure, brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated.

Always model and teach proper behavior. Learn the rules of the road, and obey all traffic laws.

  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against. Stay as far to the right as possible.
  • Use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stop lights.
  • Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street or crossing an intersection. Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left.

Adult supervision of child cyclists is essential until you are sure a child has good traffic skills and judgment.

  • Cycling should be restricted to off-roads (e.g. sidewalks and paths) until age 10.
  • Children should be able to demonstrate riding competence and knowledge of the rules of the road before cycling with traffic.

Children should not ride a bicycle when it’s dark, in the fog or in other low-visibility conditions.

  • If riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening is unavoidable, use a light on the bike and make sure it has reflectors as well.
  • Wear clothes and accessories that have retro reflective materials to improve biker visibility to motorists.

Deadly Summer Heat

thermometer.gifThe heat is definitely here and it is very important for our citizens to take appropriate action. The Eureka Fire Protection District encourages everyone to follow some important summer safety tips. Heat illnesses can affect anyone of any age, however the elderly and very young are most vulnerable. Watch for the danger signs of heat illness.

  • Heat Cramps -- painful muscle cramps, heavy sweating
  • Heat Exhaustion -- Heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale, or flushed...weak pulse
  • Heat Stroke -- Hot, dry skin; Weak, rapid pulse; Decreased consciousness -- CALL 911

More summer heat information is available through the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

Click for Eureka, Missouri Forecast

For Your Health Durning a Disaster

If you need medical assistance during a disaster, paramedics and other professional responders may not be immediately available, and hospitals and clinics may not be accessible. That’s why it’s important to keep medical records, supplies and prescriptions easily accessible and to learn simple first aid techniques. Creating a “stay healthy” kit will help you to manage minor medical needs until help arrives. Your kit should include:

  • A list of prescription medications, medical conditions, and copies of medical insurance documentation;
  • First aid supplies, such as bandages, aspirin, and antiseptic cream; and
  • A week’s supply of medicines in a plastic bag labeled with each family member’s name.

If your medicine requires refrigeration and the power goes out, most medicines can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours and still be safe to use. Be sure to contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your medication.

As with other hazards, there are specific steps that you can take before and during an influenza pandemic to protect yourself and your loved ones. For example, simple preventive measures, such as using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, can help protect you from germs and prevent you from spreading them to others.  

Food Safety During Blackouts

Loss of power can jeopardize the safety of the food stored in your home refrigerator or freezer. In the event of a blackout, do you know how to determine if your food is safe to eat? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers tips to minimize the potential loss of food and lower the risk of foodborne illness.

Before a blackout:

  • Gather an emergency supply of shelf-stable food, packaged foods, boxed or canned milk, bottle water, and canned goods;
  • Have coolers and frozen gel packs on hand to keep refrigerated food cold if the power goes out longer than four hours; and
  • Keep freezer items close together—this helps the food stay cold longer.

Bacteria in food grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The USDA instructs setting your refrigerator at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the power is out for less than four hours and the refrigerator door is kept closed, your food should be safe.

Following a blackout:

  • Discard any perishable food items such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers that have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more;
  • Use a food thermometer to test the temperature of food – never taste it!  You can’t rely on appearance and odor to determine whether food is safe; and
  • Discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat, seafood, or poultry juices.

Power outages can occur anywhere at any time of the year. Make sure you and your family are prepared and know what to do to avoid getting sick.

Memorial Pavers

 

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Red Shirt Friday

Red Shirt Friday – Support Our Troops

 
Eureka Fire District is showing our support for the troops overseas by wearing and selling Red Tee Shirts.
EFPD Staff have the option to wear these tee shirts on Fridays and encourage others to also participate.
We are selling shirts to support the troops and the profits are being donated to the FOCUS Marine Foundation (  https://focusmarinesfoundation.org/)
and the Special Forces Casualty Fund (http://www.stlouisgreenberets.com/index.html )
 
Shirts are available for purchase for $20.00 each at EFPD Station # 1, 4849 Highway 109, Eureka