Stay Off The Ice!

Stay off the ice! Video warns of dangers of pond ice

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) Thinking about ice skating or fishing on the pond in your neighborhood? Bad idea, says a new video released Friday.

Mike Pruitt, Wayne Township Fire spokesman, and Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine shared a video to YouTube titled “Stay Off The Ice,” which warns about the safety hazards that exist on frozen ponds in the winter. The ponds, specifically ponds in residential neighborhoods, can become a “death trap” in the winter, Pruitt warned.

“Unfortunately, here in Indiana, we have so much thawing and freezing of our ice, especially on ponds and neighborhoods, that it really becomes extremely dangerous,” said Pruitt.

The officials warned residents to stay off the ice at all times. They urged people to prohibit kids from playing on the ice of ponds, and to call for help if a dog ventures onto ice.

If there’s any question about the safety of the ice, Pruitt warned: “assume that it’s not safe.”

For ice fishing, the officials said Indiana DNR offers information on safe ice fishing conditions and locations.

January is National Radon Action Month. For many of us that have grown up, or lived, in the Lyndon area any length of time they probably realize that radon exposure in homes is very high in this area. Please take time and request this free kit and find out if you need to do more to protect you and the loved ones in your home!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (January 8, 2018) January is National Radon Action month. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness wants you to know the dangers of radon and encourages you to test your home. The department is offering free radon test kits while the supply lasts. You can request a kit online at https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/qoixf410qzn3z/
or by calling 574-6650.

Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. It forms naturally when uranium, radium and thorium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes in through cracks and gaps in homes and other buildings. Radon can cause lung cancer through prolonged exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, behind smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, causing between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

The entire state of Kentucky is at high risk for radon exposure with about 40 percent of homes estimated to have unsafe levels. The only way to know if radon exists at dangerous levels in your home is to test for it.

“To encourage people to test their homes for radon, we are offering free test kits, “said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “People can’t see or smell radon so they may be unaware that it might exist at dangerous levels in their homes and be exposing them to deadly health effects.”

The lung cancer risk factors of tobacco smoke and radon are related. More radon-related lung cancers occur in individuals with a history of exposure to tobacco smoke. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, with the highest mortality rate of any cancer. Kentucky has the highest incidence rate of lung cancer in the nation with a rate of 93.4 per 100,000 compared to the national average of 59.4. According to the recently released 2017 Health Equity Report, cancer is the leading cause of death in Louisville.

The death rate from lung cancer in Kentucky is 69.5 per 100,000 compared to the national average of 43.4. In Louisville our lung cancer incidence and mortality rates are also well above the national average. According to the Kentucky Cancer Registry the incidence rate of lung cancer in Louisville is 94.8 per 100,000 compared to 59.4 nationally. The death rate is 61.7 compared to 43.4 nationally.

Here are a few tips to help prevent radon in your home:

  • Stop smoking and discourage smoking in your home.
    • Smoking significantly increases the risk of lung cancer from radon.
    • Second hand smoking in the home is also a leading cause of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS).
  • Increase air flow in your house by opening windows and using fans and vents to circulate air.
  • Seal cracks in floors and walls with plaster, caulk, or other mate¬rials designed for this purpose.
  • Seek a qualified contractor to help remove the radon from your home.

Mitigation costs generally range from $1,200 to $2,500 depending on the size and foundation of the home.
Consult the Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals or the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists National Radon Proficiency
Program to locate approved contractors near you.

When it gets real cold outside like it is now, what do firefighters do? They go outdide and “play” on the ice! Firefighters from Lyndon and other fire departments around Jefferson County are taking advantage of the cold weather this week to “hone” their ice rescue skills. Firefighters really don’t want to do this, but how else can they better prepare themselves to help without getting on and under the ice?

The two videos below are from this ice rescue training. The first video is on the Lyndon Fire & Rescue YouTube Channel. The second video below is the news story by WLKY News in Louisville about this training. Photos of the training are in the “Photo Gallery” on this website at

This is a third episode or segment of some vintage 16 mm film which was brought out of the archives of the Lyndon Fire Department.  This one reel of black and white film has several different training events recorded on this one reel.  The department still has a functioning 16 mm reel to reel projector which made it possible to play the film.  This film was projected onto the walls of the classroom at station #1 and video recorded on an iPhone.  This iPhone video is being uploaded to the Lyndon Fire & Rescue YouTube Channel for future generations to appreciate.  Several 8 mm style films are also in the archives, but at this time the department does not have a projector capable of viewing these films.  If someone has a functioning 8 mm projector, and would like to lend it to the department to view these films, please contact Charlene Johnson at the station during regular business hours at (502) 425-7474.  Sample of one of the videos on the department’s YouTube Channel.

With the first blast of real cold air recently hitting our area, and forecasts of more coming to start out the new year, here are a few winter weather tips provided by FEMA. Help us help you so we don’t have to get out in that cold either!


 

Louisville Metro has joined the nationwide “Smart911” service, which allows residents, businesses, and visitors to provide information to 9-1-1 dispatchers in advance of emergencies.  Lyndon Fire and Rescue encourages all of the residents in our community to sign up for this service, so that we may better help you in those times of emergency.

The free Smart911 service allows individuals and businesses to create online safety profiles with home, workplace, mobile phone numbers, along with additional information that would be valuable to 911 operators and first responders during an emergency. This information often includes home or work addresses, details about medical conditions, pets, and emergency contacts. Users are prompted to update their safety profiles every six months to ensure their information remains accurate.

Smart911 safety profiles are kept confidential and secure, and are only available to trained 911 operators in participating 9-1-1 centers across the country. This allows dispatchers to access profile information for traveling mobile phone users, and makes it easy for landline customers to update profiles with new numbers after moving.

Residents can sign up for LENSAlert and complete their Smart911 safety profile by visiting louisvilleky.gov and clicking on “Sign up for emergency alerts.” A simple way to sign up on your smartphone is to text “LENSAlert” to 67283 – this will automatically opt you in to emergency alerts and a link will be sent in a text message to complete your safety profile.

You can also signup and complete your Smart911 safety profile by clicking on the following link:

https://www.smart911.com/smart911/registration/registrationLanding.action

Three dangerous days are upon us!  According to facts obtained from the National Fire Protection Association the top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.  Although we appreciate all of the citizens of our fire district, we do not care to visit you during these three days and would prefer to just spend the holidays relaxing in the fire station!  Be safe out there so we can stay safe too!

Facts about home holiday fires

  • One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
  • The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.
  • Candles start two out of five home decoration structure fires.

Lyndon Fire & Rescue supports  the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign which continues through January 1, 2018.  We remind all motorists to be responsible behind the wheel during this holiday season!

“While the holiday season is a special time to visit with friends and family, many of these celebrations include alcohol,” said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter. “Drunken driving-related crashes are 100-percent preventable.  It just makes sense to plan for a designated driver before the party begins.”

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Recently some vintage 16 mm film was brought out of the archives of the Lyndon Fire Department.  This one reel of black and white film has several different training events recorded on this one reel.  The department still has a functioning 16 mm reel to reel projector which made it possible to play the film.  This film was projected onto the walls of the classroom at station #1 and video recorded on an iPhone.  This iPhone video is being uploaded to the Lyndon Fire & Rescue YouTube Channel for future generations to appreciate.  Several 8 mm style films are also in the archives, but at this time the department does not have a projector capable of viewing these films.  If someone has a functioning 8 mm projector, and would like to lend it to the department to view these films, please contact Charlene Johnson at the station during regular business hours at (502) 425-7474.  Sample of one of the videos on the department’s YouTube Channel.

The Lyndon Fire Unit Citation Medal is a group action award presented in recognition of a superior performance of duty by a company or other group. The act or action must have substantially contributed to the saving of a life or be of some other important contribution to the departments operations. This medal recognizes the achievement of the company as a group rather than any single individual.

 

On 18 May 2017 Q 1654, 1st platoon, Captain Rich Bliven, Sergeant Ryan Helton, FF/ENG Stephen Dunlany and FF Matthew Newman responded as automatic aid to an MVA on US 60 along with companies from the Middletown Fire District. The MVA involved a high impact head on collision with patient entrapment. This resulted in a highly technical and difficult extrication including the precise cutting away of debris in very close proximity of the occupant. This company performed its duties flawlessly and expertly, eventually leading to the successful freeing of the occupant. Once free the crew continued to assist with medical care until the completed transfer to LMEMS.

The actions of this company are an example of a superior performance of duty and are in the highest traditions of the American fire service.