With all the waterways, beautiful beaches and inlets in and around Nokomis, it can be very easy to forget how important boat safety really is.
In 2006 there were 61 fatalities and 671 boating accidents through out the State of Florida.
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs ) must be United States Coast Guard Approved. They must be in serviceable condition and must be stored properly. Let’s take a look at Class Arecreational vessels, they are less than sixteen (16) feet, canoes or kayaks. Every person on board under the age of six (6) must wear an approved Type 1, 2, or 3 PFD while the vessel is under way. A Type 4 hybrid may be substituted for any type 1, 2, or 3 device, but must be worn whenever the vessel is underway and the person is not in the cabin or other enclosed area. Personal watercraft, everyone on or operating a personal water craft must wear an approved type 1, 2, 3 or 4 PFD. Inflatable PFDs are prohibited. Water skiers, everyone skiing or aquaplaning must wear an approved Type 1, 2, 3 PFD, and once again inflatable PFDs are prohibited.
Fire extinguisher’s, must be United State Coast approved and be in serviceable condition you must carry at least one B-1 type approved hand-held portable fire extinguisher, (not required on outboard motorboats less than 26 feet in length and they are not carrying passengers for hire, if the construction of the vessel will not permit entrapment of explosives or flammable gasses or vapors and if the fuel tank is not permanently installed.
The second class of recreational vessels we will take a look at is a Class 1, which is twenty six (26’) to less than forth (40) feet.
Christmas Tree Safety:
A fire on any day is terrible, but a fire during the Christmas season is devastating. There are simple life-saving steps that you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday season.
A real tree can add to the spirit of Christmas filling your home with beauty and the scent of pine. But a real tree can also pose a fire hazard. Each year, more than 400 residential fire involve Christmas trees and tragically nearly 40 deaths and 100 injuries result from these types of fires.
Try to select a fresh tree by looking for one that is green. The needles of the pines and spruces should bend but not break and should be hard to pull off the branches. On fir species, a needle pulled from a fresh tree will snap when bent, much like a fresh carrot. Also, look for a trunk sticky with sap. Cut off about two inches of the trunk and put the tree into a sturdy, water holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly. Stand the tree away from fireplaces and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic, doorways or exits.
If you are using an artificial tree, make sure to choose one that has been tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal of approval.
Christmas Tree Lights: You should only use indoor lights indoors ( and outdoors lights outdoors ). Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections. Replace any damaged light sets immediately. You should never use more than 3 strands on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the walls to avoid trip hazards, and never run under the carpet or rugs. Make sure you turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.
Tree Ornaments: You should always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Make sure you read the labels before you use materials that come in jars, cans and spray cans. Never place lighted candles on a tree or near any flammable materials. Avoid placing breakable tree ornamentals and ones with detachable parts on the lower branches where small children or pets can reach them.
The Nokomis Fire Department wishes you and your families a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.
Cooking Fire Safety:
The holidays are quickly approaching and as we make plans for our family’s and friends the Nokomis Fire Departement would like to take this opportunity to talk about cooking fire safety. Did you realize that the #1 cause of fires in the U.S is directly related to cooking? It is alsothe leading cause of home fire- related injuries. With all that goes on in our lives it’s very easy to forget the pot on the stove, the roast or cookies in the oven. Here are some of the types of common fires in the kitchen.
Dry Cooking Fires are the most common. These occur when the water or moisture boils out of the pan and the food left in the pan scorches, producing smoke. This usually does not cause a great deal of damage. It results in some heat and smoke damage to the surrounding areas.
Grease Fires occur when oil or grease type foods are heated and ignite. A grease fire can do significant damage. The open flames can spread to your surounding cabinets or other combustible items. If unnoticed, a grease fire can extend engulfing the entire kitchen, adjacent rooms and even the attic. This can become a dangerous life threatening situation. You may be able to extinguish a grease fire in a pan or on the stove in several different ways. The simplest way is to cover the pot or pan with a lid, this should suffocate the fire. Once you have the fire extinguished do not forget to turn the burner off. If the flames are not manageable, GET EVERYONE OUT AND CALL 911. Never put water on a grease fire, the splatter of grease will likely intensify the fire and spread to other areas.
Oven Fires most of the time are not very serious. The fire usually is confined in the over which is designed for high heat conditions. The oven fire usually suffocates itself or is easily extinguished.
What should you do in the event of a cooking fire?
In all cases make sure everyone evacuates the home and remains outside awaiting the fire departments arrival.
Call 911 and report the fire.