On June 11, 2018, during the regular monthly meeting of the Lyndon Fire Protection District board of trustees, the department’s WHAS Crusade for Children coordinator was recognized by Chief David W. Howser. Unbeknownst to him prior to the meeting, Major Rick Baker was presented the Lyndon Fire Achievement Medal by Chief Howser. Major Baker was presented this award for his “sustained and ever increasing support and coordination” of the fire department’s Crusade for Children efforts. Over the past several years Rick’s emphasis on a safer and more efficient way to raise funds for the Crusade have proven to be just that. Thanks to the contributions and support of our community the Lyndon Fire Department’s efforts resulted in a 20.7% increase over last year and raised an “On-Air” total of $35,295.25 for this years WHAS Crusade for Children! Thank you Major Baker for all that you do to help the special kids of our community!
Generally most outside burning is prohibited in Metro Louisville. There are some circumstances where it is allowed. The following except is taken from the Metro Louisville Air Pollution Control District web site regarding open burning…
APCD Regulation 1.11: Control of Open Burning describes under what conditions open burning is or can be permitted in Louisville Metro / Jefferson County. Fires are also subject to approval from your local fire department. Other laws and regulations may also apply, depending on the circumstances.
Burning of trash and yard waste is prohibited in Louisville Metro / Jefferson County.
You may have a fire to cook food for a non-commercial purpose, such as a backyard cookout. Read the regulation for details.
If you are cooking food for a commercial purpose, you need to enclose and properly ventilate the cooking fire with a chimney or similar device. Restaurant and catering services must also follow Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness Department regulations for such a business.
A fire pit is an acceptable permanent or portable outdoor receptacle or device that meets certain specifications. The fire pit height cannot exceed 3 feet, and the fire pit opening (or burn area), cannot be larger than 3 feet wide by 3 feet long, or 3 feet in diameter. See the regulation for more details.
If you want to hold a recreational or ceremonial fire, such as a bonfire, you must get a permit (Recreational Fire Permit Application) from APCD at least five (5) working days ahead of time, and notify your local fire department. A recreational/ceremonial fire is a fire that that’s larger than necessary for cooking or is kept burning longer than necessary for cooking. (Excluding fires that are kept covered most of the time, as in a covered grill or a smoker.) Note that even with this approval, the recreational/ceremonial fire cannot be held if the wind is faster than 15 MPH or it is an Air Quality Alert day. See FAQs about recreational fires.
Agricultural fires for controlling weeds, diseases or pests, etc. can be approved after written recommendations from the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District and the local fire protection district, as can fires for management of forests, orchards, range, native grasslands or wildlife. See the Agricultural Burn Application.
Fires can be set for fire-fighting training, if approved by APCD at least five working days in advance. See the Fire Training Burn Application.
With an APCD operating permit, a flare can be used to burn off waste gases. The flare must have a smokeless tip and the opacity of the emissions cannot exceed 20 percent.
There are various other exemptions in unusual circumstances. For example, certain materials may be burned in the open if the Department of Public Health & Wellness has declared that to be necessary for controlling a public health hazard.
Learn more about alternatives to open burning. Reduce, reuse and recycle: ways to reduce trash, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
If you live in Kentucky outside Louisville Metro / Jefferson County, see open burning information from the Kentucky Division for Air Quality and the Kentucky state open burning regulation.
If you live in southern Indiana, see open burning information from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).
As spring approaches thoughts turn to cleaning up from the long winter, making repairs around the home and enjoying the outdoors. Keeping a few safety thoughts in mind will help you make your spring experience much more enjoyable.
Inside the Home:
- Check and clean your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Check your fire extinguishers
- Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords
- Prepare for storm related outages (make sure your flashlights and portable radios have batteries and that other supplies, such as bottled water, are stocked and available)
- Practice exit drills with your family so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency
- Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents
Outside and Around the Yard:
- Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street
- Clean up yard debris. Cut back dead limbs and grasses
- Maintain a clear ‘fire zone’ of 10′ around structures. Clean up leaves and debris and consider using stone or non-combustible mulches
- Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances
- Get your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage
- Keep 100′ of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use
In the Garage or Shed:
- Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals
- Check fuels containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored
- Have all power equipment cleaned, serviced and readied for use
For more information, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at Lyndon Fire by calling (502) 425-7474.
On average, floods kill more people in the United States each year than any other type of hazardous weather.
Flash floods normally occur within 6 hours of a rain event, after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam. Flash floods can catch people unprepared. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. If you live in a flash flood prone area, plan now to protect your family and property.
Many flood-related deaths are due to careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to cross flooded roadways. The National Weather Service now warns anyone who comes to a flooded roadway to…Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Less than two feet of water on a bridge or highway can float most vehicles when the buoyancy force of the water becomes greater than the vehicle weight, eliminating any frictional force between the wheels and the road. A car, truck, or sport utility vehicle can be swept off a road into a stream if the water is moving rapidly.
If a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area:
1.) Drive only if absolutely necessary. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of the water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
2.) Never drive around a barricade, which is there for your protection. Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
3.) If you come upon a flowing stream where fast moving water is above your ankles, turn around, don’t drown. Six inches of swift-moving water can knock you off your feet. Many people are swept away wading through flood waters, resulting in injury or death.
4.) Children should never play around high water, storm drains, or viaducts. It is very easy to be swept away by fast-moving water.
Remember, on average, floods kill more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather.
- Smoke outside. Many things in your home can catch on fire if they touch something hot like a cigarette or ashes. It is always safer to smoke outside.
- Put cigarettes out all the way. Do this every time. Don’t walk away from lit cigarettes and other smoking materials. Put water on the ashes and butts to make sure they are really out before you put them in the trash.
- Be alert. Do not smoke after taking medicine that makes you tired. You may not be able to prevent or escape from a fire if you are sleepy or have taken medicine that makes you tired.
- Never smoke around medical oxygen. Medical oxygen can explode if a flame or spark is near. Even if the oxygen is turned off, it can still catch on fire.
- Never smoke in bed. Mattresses and bedding can catch on fire easily. Do not smoke in bed because you might fall asleep with a lit cigarette.
- Put your cigarette out in an ashtray or bucket with sand. Use ashtrays with a wide base so they won’t tip over and start a fire.
Did you know?
More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental nonfire-related carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide or CO is a colorless and odorless gas. CO poisoning can occur when a fuel-burning appliance or machine, such as a furnace, heater or generator, is not working or vented properly. Breathing in CO at high levels can be fatal.
Learn what you can do to protect your family from the dangers of CO.
- Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide early
warning of CO.
- Install CO alarms in a central location outside each separate sleeping
area and on every level of your home.
- Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all
doors, windows and vents.
- Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of
snow and other debris.
While at the scene of a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer that had run off the side of a highway due to icy conditions, the driver of a second vehicle, a pickup truck pulling a trailer, lost control and crashed into scene. Several people were struck and injured, including Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, who was pinned under a vehicle. Fellow responders rushed to extract Chief Achord and provided medical aid measures while he was transported to the West Feliciana Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Incident Location: Southbound US 61 north of LA 421 (Approximate U.S. National Grid: 15R XQ 5822 1920)
• Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing and curtains, at least 3
feet away from the heater.
• Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.
• Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
• Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or
• Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.
• Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or
sparks jumping out.
• Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
• Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
• Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your
• Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn.
• Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
• Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
• Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
• Have your furnace
inspected each year.
• Keep anything that can
burn away from the
• Only use kerosene heaters
from a recognized testing
• Make sure the heater has an
automatic shut-off, so if it tips
over, it shuts off.
• Refuel your cooled heater
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Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem
Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.
Pipes that freeze most frequently are:
- Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
- Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
- Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
How to Protect Pipes From Freezing
Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
- Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
- Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
- If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
Portable generators are useful during winter storms, but if not used safely, they can cause injuries and death.
- Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows and vents.
- Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
- Do not use a generator in a wet area. This can cause shock or electrocution.
- Connect appliances to the generator with heavy-duty extension cords.
- Do not fuel your generator when it is running. Spilling gas on a hot engine can cause a fire.