Friday, July 4, 2008

First day of School

Shawnee students start school on Wednesday, August 13. Enroll you Pre-kindergarten through 8Th grade students at the old Wal-Mart building at the Shawnee mall on Thursday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shawnee students returning for the new school year are required to have all records updated, if prior information has changed. For more information, contact the Board of Education 326 N Union, 273-0653.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Have you planned at least two ways to get out of every room in your home?
Do you keep exit routes clear in your home?
Do you know how to notify your fire department quickly and correctly in case of fire?

Do you make it a rule never to leave small children alone or unattended?
Do your baby-sitters (and you) know the first rule of safety in fire emergencies? —Get everybody out fast, and don't go back in.
Do you show your baby-sitters the escape routes from your home, and give instructions on the correct way to report a fire?

Is smoking in bed strictly against the rule in your home?
Do you always make sure that cigarette, cigar and pipe ashes are completely extinguished before you dispose of them? Before going to bed, be SURE there are no cigarettes still burning.
Are matches kept out of the reach of children? Keep matches and lighters above the "strike zone" (too high for children to reach).

Are furnaces, stoves and smokepipes kept in good repair and located far enough away from combustible walls and ceilings so that they do not create a hazard? Use a fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying.
If you have portable space heaters in your home do you see that they are properly maintained and located? Keep portable space heaters away from people, curtains, and furniture.
Do you have an annual inspection of your heating system? Have heating equipment checked and cleaned each year.
Do your sleeves get into things when you cook? Wear tight-fitting clothing when you cook.
Can you stop a cooking fire safely? Smother a pan fire with a lid. Never use water. If cooking oil starts to smoke, turn down the heat. Don't throw whatever's handy on the counter, such as dumping flour from the bag, on the fire (explosion!)

Do you see that extension cords are never run under rugs or hooked over nails? Avoid using extension cords wherever possible (especially small-wired cords use with high-wattage appliances.)
When the breaker "trips" or a fuse blows, do you investigate WHY it happened? If a fuse blows (or a breaker "trips"), find the cause. Remove excess appliances (lamps, stereo components, space heaters, etc.) from a breaker circuit that frequently "trips".
Is the right size fuse (20 amps for lighting circuits) in each socket in the fuse box? Replace the fuse with one of the correct size.
Is your TV well ventilated? Allow air space around the TV to prevent overheating. If it doesn't work right, it can be a fire danger.

Do you keep rubbish cleaned out of the attic, basement, closets, garage and yard? Sort and remove rubbish. Don't store things near the furnace or heater.
Are gasoline and other flammable liquids stored in safety cans, and kept well away from both heat and children? Move flammable liquids away from heat. Do not store flammable liquids in the home. Keep them stored outside and away from the house in a separate storage building. Don't fill a hot lawn mower or other motor; let it cool first.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Senior Safety Tips

At Home:
1. Never open your door automatically.
2. Install and use a peephole.
3. Lock your doors and windows.
4. Vary your daily routine.
5. Don’t leave notes on the door when going out.
5. Leave lights on when going out at night; use a timer to turn lights on and off when you are away for an extended period.
6. Notify neighbors and the police when going away on a trip.
7. When you are away remember to cancel deliveries such as newspapers and arrange for someone - a neighbor’s child, perhaps - to mow the lawn if need be.
Arrange for your mail to be held by the Post Office, or ask a neighbor to collect it for you.
8. Be wary of unsolicited offers to make repairs to your home. Deal only with reputable businesses.
9. Keep an inventory with serial numbers and photographs of resalable appliances, antiques and furniture. Leave copies in a safe place.
10. Don’t hesitate to report crime or suspicious activities.
11. Install deadbolt locks on all your doors.
12. Keep your home well lit at night, inside and out.
13. Ask for proper identification from delivery persons or strangers.
14. If a stranger asks to use your telephone, offer to place the call for him or her yourself.
15. Never let a stranger into your home.
16. Do not hide your keys under the mat or in other conspicuous places.
17. Never give out information over the phone indicating you are alone or that you won’t be home at a certain time.
18. If you arrive at home and suspect a stranger may be inside, DON’T GO IN. Leave quietly and call 911 to report the crime.
19. Ask to see credentials from persons representing themselves as workers from utility companies, package delivery services, etc; don’t rely solely on a uniform or a stranger’s claims.

Fire on Overland Ct.

The 1000 block of Overland Ct. has had it's share of action these past couple of weeks. About two weeks ago a truck ran into the house on the corner of Overland Ct. and Kirk Street. Last night around 10:30pm there was a Ford Explorer that was on fire. The police and fire dept. were called and made short work of the fire. You could smell the rubber from the tires and the smoke was so thick that you could not see through it. From behind you would never know that the truck had ever been on fire. But from the front is a different story.

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