Stories tagged with: safety

November 8, 2010 - 7:00pm
5 years 41 weeks ago

Fires are on the rise across the area, but the Muskingum Valley Red Cross says that's to be expected. It happens every year because people forget to take precautionary measures before heating their homes.

The staff offer the following guidelines: call a technician to look at your furnice-and if you can't do that at least replace the filter-clean the chimney before your use it, and make sure alternative heating sources aren't plugged into extension cords.

"That's where the...

September 21, 2010 - 7:44pm
5 years 48 weeks ago

It's the leading cause of death among kids...accidents on the roadway. But the AAA Auto Club says parents can help prevent this from happening just by taking a few simple safety precautions.

Infants should be placed in a car seat in the back of the car and have the car seat facing the rear. As kids grow, the child seat will be replaced will a forward-facing booster seat until the child is 4'9". AAA says most manufacturing companies include information on the required measurements...

September 20, 2010 - 5:49pm
5 years 48 weeks ago

The Tri-Valley School District superintendent says he felt as though he was reliving a dream.

When he arrived at the scene of Monday morning's bus crash, the first thing he saw was Medflight arriving. Mark Neal says he was preparing himself for the worst, but he found all 11 occupants on the bus safely off to the side of the road. Neal says the bus driver, Lura Denise Morrison, who has been with the district since 1986, was tending to the kids.

"As anyone would be, she was...

July 6, 2010 - 5:22pm
6 years 7 weeks ago

Staying cool may seem like common sense, but often times the effects of heat can catch you by surprise.

When conditions are particularly humid, our bodies can't sufficiently cool off, and that's when we need to take precautions. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross urges you to stay inside, but here are some tips for those that are required to be in the heat.

"If you have things you have to do around the house, mow the lawn or whatever, do that really early morning or late...

July 2, 2010 - 6:05pm
6 years 7 weeks ago

While they may seem harmless, the fireworks that you pick up at your local convenience store could cause some damage.

While the Zanesville Fire Department discourages using fireworks all together, many children like playing with sparklers and fire crackers around the fourth. Fire Chief Dave Lacy says that kids need supervision.

"We also recommend that if you do use them, that you keep a bucket of water nearby and once the thing has been ignited and done its thing, that you...

June 29, 2010 - 5:15pm
6 years 8 weeks ago

While family picnics may be at the top of your "to do" list for the holiday weekend, we can't forget about our four-legged friends.

If your pets aren't fond of thunderstorms, there's a good chance they won't like fireworks either. The Muskingum County Animal Shelter wants people to take proactive steps in preparing their animals.

"The Fourth of July holidays can always be a stressful time for your pets especially with my personal animals I have a couple that...

May 25, 2010 - 7:08pm
6 years 13 weeks ago

This holiday weekend marks the unofficial start to summer.

For the State Fire Marshall's Office, it also means dealing with more campfires, outdoor grilling, and fireworks.

19 people died last year and more than 200 were injured in fire-related incidents during the summer months.

So, it's offering some safety tips it hopes the public will recognize: It says the only fireworks that can be bought and used in the state are those that smoke, sparkle, snap, and snake. It says to...

May 24, 2010 - 5:21pm
6 years 13 weeks ago

A taste of summer-like weather and the approaching holiday weekend means more people will be engaging in water activities, including swimming.

State parks offer about 80 beaches and 20 pools that nearly four-point-five million people visited last year, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation have a few key points to keep you and your family safe.

It's important for parents to keep an eye of their kids. Families should only enter the water in...

May 23, 2010 - 6:55pm
6 years 13 weeks ago

Memorial Day Weekend is approaching, which is the unofficial kick-off to summer. It's also a time when more people partake in water recreational sports.

That's why the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft is launching its campaign titled, "Wear It Ohio."

Division of Watercraft Chief, Pamela Dillion, says life jackets are extremely important, considering four people already died this year in boating-related incidents. She says none of those...

May 11, 2010 - 6:52pm
6 years 15 weeks ago

Conditions this time of year are prime for severe weather, and some of those severe storms can be capable of producing tornados. Tornados can develop so quickly and are extremely powerful.

"Tornadoes not only will kill you but create enough utter devastation. Your stuff can be in the next county. Your house can be in your neighbor's yard. It's very traumatic seeing everything you own destroyed in a matter of 30 seconds, much different than a flood and much different than a fire...

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