West Mayfield Emergency Response Tip: Cold Weather Fire Safety

The West Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department reminds us to be fire-safe during cold weather:

Portable Heaters
* Portable or alternative heating devices used incorrectly can create fire hazards.

* Keep children and pets away from the heater; maintain 3 feet of clearance to combustible materials.

* Only use heaters that are in good working condition.

* Be sure the heater has an emergency shutoff in case the heater is tipped over.

* Read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions.

* Only purchase and use heaters that have been tested by an approved testing laboratory.

Kerosene Heaters
* Many people use kerosene heaters to supplement their household heating system. When improperly used, kerosene heaters can be extremely dangerous.

* Inspect exhaust parts for black, carbon buildup.

* Fuels such as kerosene can produce deadly fumes, so it is important that the room is adequately vented. Most manufacturers require a window or door to the exterior to be open 1-3 inches to provide fresh air.

* Use fuels recommended by the manufacturer (only use kerosene in a kerosene heater).

* Fill and re-fill the heater outdoors after it has cooled.

* Keep the heater away from children, pets and combustible materials (maintain 3 feet of clearance).

Electric Heaters
* Never place under a desk or on top of combustible items. Electric heaters need space too.

* Plug directly into an electric outlet. Don’t use an extension cord, as it  can easily overheat.

* Do not use in wet or damp conditions.

Furnace Heating Safety
* Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition.

* Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists. Do not attempt repairs yourself unless you are qualified.

* Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system (maintain 3 feet of clearance.

Wood Stove and Fireplace Safety
* Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly. Wood stoves should have proper floor support as well as adequate clearance (36″) from combustible materials.

* Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary.

* Do not use flammable liquids, like gasoline, to start or accelerate any fire.

* Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening, to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, and to help prevent the possibility of burns to people and pets.

* Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.

* Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.

* Keep combustible materials away from your fireplace mantel. A spark from the fireplace could easily ignite theses materials.

* Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out.

* Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.

* Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.

And Remember…Smoke alarms save lives!
* Some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home’s electrical service and could be inoperative during a power outage.

* Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least once a year.

* Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home.

* All smoke alarms should be tested monthly.

Special thanks to the City of Georgetown, South Carolina

West Mayfield Emergency Response Tip: New CPR Procedure Is Easy!

Newest guidelines released by the American Heart Association recommend that the three steps of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) be rearranged.

The new first step is doing chest compressions instead of first establishing the airway and then doing mouth to mouth. The new guidelines apply to adults, children, and infants but exclude newborns.

The old way was A-B-C — for airway, breathing and compressions.

The new way is C-A-B — for compressions, airway, and breathing.

“By starting with chest compressions, that’s easy to remember, and for many victims that alone will be lifesaving,” says Michael R. Sayre, MD, chair of the emergency cardiovascular care committee for the American Heart Association and co-author of the executive summary of the 2010 AHA guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care.

The old approach, he says, was causing delays in chest compressions, which are crucial for keeping the blood circulating.

The new guidelines may inspire more people to perform CPR, says Sayre, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Ohio State University, Columbus. “Mouth to mouth is hard if you’re not trained,” he tells WebMD. ”Anybody can do chest compressions, whether they have had a class or not. Good chest compressions really help save lives. In many cases, there is a reserve of oxygen left in the patient’s blood and lungs, from the last breath, and we can take advantage of that oxygen reserve and just do chest compressions.”

How to Do the New CPR

Here is a step-by-step guide for the new CPR:

1. Call 911 or ask someone else to do so.

2. Try to get the person to respond; if he doesn’t, roll the person on his or her back.

3. Start chest compressions. Place the heel of your hand on the center of the victim’s chest. Put your other hand on top of the first with your fingers interlaced.

4. Press down so you compress the chest at least 2 inches in adults and children and 1.5 inches in infants. ”One hundred times a minute or even a little faster is optimal,” Sayre says. (That’s about the same rhythm as the beat of the Bee Gee’s song “Stayin’ Alive.”)

5.  If you’re been trained in CPR, you can now open the airway with a head tilt and chin lift.

6. Pinch closed the nose of the victim. Take a normal breath, cover the victim’s mouth with yours to create an airtight seal, and then give two, one-second breaths as you watch for the chest to rise.

7. Continue compressions and breaths — 30 compressions, two breaths — until help arrives

WebMD Health News, Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

West Mayfield Emergency Response Tip: I.C.E. Your Phone

Make Your ICE (In Case of Emergency) Info Easy to Find on Your Phone

Police, firefighters, and other emergency responders want residents to add a new
contact in their cell phone — a person who first responders can notify in case of emergency.

Put your emergency contact information into the address book on your cell phone under the name “ICE”, the acronym that Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) know to look for.

For example: ICE-Linda

If you have a smart phone, there are apps that put ICE information on the home screen of your phone so it’s easy to find.


Soliciting Reminder

As a reminder, Borough Ordinance 820.01 states that there is no soliciting, either by pedestrians or by vehicle, in the Borough of West Mayfield without a Solicitation Permit issued by the Mayor.

Anyone soliciting in the Borough must have a signed, original copy of a Solicitation Permit.  This permit must be shown to residents upon request.

Residents can visit the West Mayfield Borough website to check the validity and status of Solicitation Permits issued by the Mayor.

West Mayfield Emergency Response Tip: Complete your “Special Needs Response Card”

What is your plan if the Borough experiences an emergency?



heat wave


extreme cold weather

power outage

industrial accident, etc.?

In case of an emergency, the Borough’s Emergency Management Team wants to help those residents with special needs, such as those who are visually, hearing, or mobility impaired; in need of oxygen or special medical care; or those in need of transportation during an evacuation or to and from emergency aid shelters.

To get the help you need in an emergency, complete your “Special Needs Response Card” today!

Click on the form below, print, and return to:

Bill Heaton, West Mayfield Emergency Management Coordinator

4609 W. 8th Ave. | Beaver Falls, PA  15010

By law, all information is kept confidential.

For more information, visit the West Mayfield Borough Emergency Management page.