Category: Arizona

Popular Babysitting/Home Safety Class Being Offered One More Week

Due to overwhelming participation and Camp I Wanna Go finishing for the summer, the Lake Havasu City Fire Department is extending its Babysitting/Home Safety class to accommodate more students this year.  There is availability for 16 students during the week of July 21 through July 24. Whether kids watch their younger siblings, baby-sit with help from a friend, are seasoned babysitters, or are alone at home, the seminars will provide valuable information. Students will learn how to handle the responsibilities and dangers of being home alone or babysitting and how to handle them safely and effectively. Subjects taught will cover fire safety, water safety, kitchen and bathroom safety, first aid, and more. There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee.  Pre-registration is required to attend the seminar.  A parent or guardian must register the student(s) for the seminar.  Scholarships, which have been provided by Lake Havasu City Kiwanis Club, are still available. For more information on the program and to register contact Kathy Black, Public Education Specialist at (928) 855-3609. Contributed by  Jerri...

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Back-to-School Safety  

  It’s that time of year again… congested morning traffic, school busses stopping frequently and kids scattered through crosswalks. It’s back to school and the Bullhead City Police Department would like to start off the new school year safely.  Over the summer, motorists have been used to driving the normal speed limit, but people need to be aware of the change. Children will be excited getting to and from school while using the intersections and crosswalks, so drivers should watch the road carefully for pedestrians and kids on bicycles. Officers will be out enforcing the 15 mile per hour school zone speed limit. Parents should also talk to their children about the rules of the road. Pedestrians walk against traffic and bicyclists ride with the traffic. For safety reasons, it’s important to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle and children should lock up their bikes when they arrive at school. In case children get on the wrong school bus, it’s a good idea to teach them their phone number, address and parents’ names. Parents may also want to practice walking with their children to school or to their bus stop so they are familiar with the route and the safe intersections to cross. Motorists need to be patient when following school busses and remember, vehicles traveling in both directions, must stop for school busses that display flashing lights and an extended...

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Dog Dies in Golden Valley House Fire

GVFD Firefighters made short work of a structure fire, containing the majority of the fire damage to the porch and front room entrance of this Golden Valley home.  The 911 call came in about 10:45 pm for the structure fire from the lone occupant of this home on Canelo Road. Golden Valley Firefighters arrived minutes later and quickly extinguished the fire and began a routine search of the home, and discovered the family pet was in cardiac arrest.  Paramedic / Firefighters attempted CPR to assist with breathing, but the dog succumbed to the smoke inhalation and died at the scene.  The homeowner reportedly tried to rescue the dog, who had recently given birth to five puppies, all who were saved by the homeowner, but she was unable to catch the mother dog and had to retreat due to the heavy smoke. Chief O’Donohue stated it’s never wise to go back into a burning home to rescue an animal, rather call 911 and let the firefighters rescue any animals when they arrive.  Golden Valley Fire Marshal Randy Osborn cited improper disposal of smoking material as the cause of the fire.     PHOTOS (courtesy/GVFD): Firefighter Matt Gore begins the attack on the structure fire Contributed by: VFD Firefighters made short work of a structure fire, containing the majority of the fire damage to the porch and front room entrance of this Golden Valley...

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Semi-Truck Rollover Accident

Golden Valley Firefighters responded to a semi-truck rollover accident Wednesday morning at approximately 2:45 A.M. when an eastbound truck loaded with strawberries drifting into the median and apparently over-correcting to bring it back into the traffic lanes.  Both the driver and the occupant in the sleeper were uninjured in the accident which blocked an entire lane of traffic for several hours.  Fire officials warn drivers who drift onto the shoulder of the road to not over correct, which almost always results in a rollover accident, particularly at highway speeds. Photo/Courtesy: GVFD Contributed by: Karen Christensen...

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Free “Hands-Only CPR” (Non-Certification) Presentation Lake Havasu City

What would you do if an adult standing next to you suddenly collapsed and became unresponsive? Typically, less than 20% of bystanders in Arizona will do CPR and most are not willing to do mouth to mouth.  As part of our “Heart Safe Community” the Lake Havasu City Fire Department, along with Havasu Regional Medical Center, would like you to have a plan. The SHARE Program (Saving Hearts in Arizona Registry & Education) focuses on “Hands-Only CPR.” The Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System, and the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center established the SHARE Program.  This program covers all “links” in the “chain of survival” including bystander response, emergency medical dispatcher CPR instruction, Emergency Medical Services provider resuscitation, and standardized care at hospitals. SHARE also seeks to support survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by providing them with helpful resources. Someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest will likely die unless action is taken and care is given within the first 4-6 minutes. Compression-only CPR drastically improves survival chances simply by circulating blood in the body that is already oxygenated using the researched technique. Free “Hands-only CPR” presentations will be delivered by the Lake Havasu City Fire Department and the Havasu Regional Medical Center from7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. every third Thursday of the month beginning July 17, 2014 through December 18, 2014, at Lake Havasu City Fire...

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