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Firehouse Subs grant to replace fire hose

Chaparral burns
Chaparral burns

More than 11,000 feet of fire hose was donated to CalFire and Elfin Forest Harmony Grove through the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation who received grant funding from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The hose was needed after the wildfires decimated the area back in May 2014.

Aren't you feeling hungry for some heart-healthy Firehouse Subs right now?

How does CO poisoning work?


"Red blood cells pick up CO quicker than they pick up oxygen. If there is a lot of CO in the air, the body may replace oxygen in blood with CO. This blocks oxygen from getting into the body, which can damage tissues and result in death. CO can also combine with proteins in tissues, destroying the tissues and causing injury and death."

~ Center for Disease Control

Donor gives carbon monoxide monitors to elderly

According to the CDC, people ages 65 and over are most susceptible to CO poisoning.

Upon the passing of one of the Fire Foundation's supporters recently, his widow directed that funds received at his memorial be used to purchase 50 carbon monoxide monitors for senior citizens who could not afford them.

What a wonderful gift to share in her husband's name!

Upcoming events

MARCH 2015

Boot Drive!
Get your change ready! It's the Burn Institute's Annual fundraising event
Where: Throughout San Diego County


Even a kid can do “Sidewalk CPR”


100 compressions per minute - ha, ha, ha, ha, Stayin' Alive, Stayin' Alive
 

“Sidewalk CPR,” AKA "hands-only" CPR, is a method where, instead of traditional CPR, where you apply chest compressions and breathe for a victim, the person assisting simply applies chest compressions - 100 per minute.

Hands-only CPR can be used on anyone who is unresponsive and not breathing. It is most effective on adults who suddenly collapse. According to the American Heart Association, it can more than double a person's chances of survival.

How do I do it?

Push hard and fast in the center of the chest at approximately 100 beats per minute. The song which is most commonly used as an example is the classic Disco song "Stayin' Alive" by the BeeGees, however if you are looking for something more current, you can Google songs with 100 beats per minute and find many other examples.

 
 

25th Anniversary—$5 million granted!

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. Since making its first grants in 1990, the Fire Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, has granted $5 million to fire agencies throughout our county in support of its mission to improve the system of fire and emergency services in San Diego County.

This mission is accomplished by:

  • Providing grants for fire, medical, and rescue equipment; station improvements; training; and station, fire engine, and system-wide communication equipment.
  • Increasing public awareness of the system of emergency services available in the county as well as safety and fire preparation information.
  • Improving the cooperation and coordination amongst all fire agencies protecting and serving the residents of San Diego County.
  • Acting as a financial fiduciary to accept donations and grant moneys for fire agencies which lack their own 501c3 support organization.

Natural Gas, A Cold Weather Killer

 
Natural gas is a clean, efficient fuel used in most homes for water heaters, cooking, and space heating.  The use of natural gas increases significantly in colder weather, so winter is a good time to discuss safety. If not used properly, it can be explosive! 
 
Natural gas has no odor, so utility companies add one to help people recognize leaks.
 

How do you know if you have a leak?



(image courtesy of Midwest Natural Gas)
  • You smell a strong gas odor
  • You hear an unusual sound, such as a hissing or whistling near an appliance or pipeline
  • You see dirt or water blowing in the air, or dead or drying vegetation in an otherwise moist area

What do you do if you have a leak?

  • Do not attempt to locate the leak
  • Do not turn off or on any electrical appliances
  • Do not smoke or use an open flame (e.g. a candle)
  • Leave the house, and from a safe distance call 9-1-1 and SDG&E at 1-800-411-7343
 

Carbon Monoxide, the "Invisible Killer" 

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. Poorly maintained or improperly used appliances can create carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the CDC, 430 people die every year from CO poisoning. 

  • CO can occur when a faulty furnace does not properly burn the natural gas or if it is not properly vented. 
  • CO deprives the brain and organs of oxygen and you can become sick or incapacitated very quickly.  You will feel sleepy and have flu like symptoms. 

If you think you have CO poisoning, get out of the house immediately and call 9-1-1 for medical treatment.

What can you do to reduce the risk of CO poisoning?

  • Install a CO detector, like a smoke detector
  • Have all natural gas appliances inspected annually by the gas company or a qualified repair person
  • Inspect the vents, flues and chimneys of all gas water heaters, furnaces and fireplaces to ensure proper ventilation of exhaust
  • Never use an oven or barbecue to heat the house
  • Never sleep in a room heated by a gas or kerosene space heater that does not have proper venting.
 

Other Gas Safety Tips

Do you know where your gas meter is located and how to turn the gas off in an emergency?

If not, please contact SDG&E at 1-800-411-7343.

  • Call 8-1-1 at least 48 hours before you do any significant digging on your property where gas lines might be located. 8-1-1 is a free locator service.
  •  Do not dry anything on or allow drapes, furniture or anything which is flammable to touch or be next to any heating source, such as radiators, as they can easily catch fire.
  • In case of an earthquake, do not turn off the gas to your home unless you smell gas, or see any broken gas lines, as relighting all gas appliances safely is a lengthy process. If you are not certain whether you have a leak or not, then turn off your gas service.

Give your heart a Valentine

Get heart healthyFebruary is American Heart Month, so we’ve pulled together a few tips from the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association to keep your heart healthy and to help you recognize heart attack symptoms. We've also included a quick “sidewalk CPR” primer (left) in case someone needs help.

Get heart healthy!

You don’t have to buy into fad diets and exercise programs to help your heart. 

  • Stress a little less. Striving for more balance and less stress will help reduce inflammation within your system.
  • Move a little more. 40 minutes of exercise three to four times per week can improve your blood pressure and “good” cholesterol and strengthen your heart.
  • Eat a little better. Focus on including foods that are nutrient-dense like colorful veggies and fruits, fiber-rich, whole-grains, lean meats, skinless chicken and fish rich in omega-3s.
  • Get enough sleep. It may seem like there’s never enough time for sleep, but studies show that six- to-eight hours of restful sleep can help reduce your heart disease risk.
  • Schedule regular checkups. The American Heart Association recommends a checkup with your primary doctor each year to help catch heart disease in its early stages.

Heart attack Symptoms

Studies show that heart attacks are the #1 killer of both men and women.



In men
  • Chest pain, pressure or discomfort like a tight ache, pressure, burning, fullness or squeezing that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Discomfort or pain in other areas, such as one or both arms, the neck, jaw, teeth, back, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, or sweating
  • Abdominal discomfort that may feel like heartburn
These symptoms may come and go. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1. This is the best way to quickly get lifesaving care.
 
In women
According to the Texas Heart Institute, heart attacks are generally more severe in women than in men. In the first year after a heart attack, women are more than 50% more likely to die than men. In the first six years after a heart attack, women are almost twice as likely to have a second heart attack.
 
As with men, women’s most common symptom is chest pain, but women are more likely to experience other symptoms, and experience them for days or weeks up to the heart attack.
  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
If you have any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.  


Have a happy Valentine's Day and be heart-healthy!
 

Frank Ault Joan Jones
Frank H. Ault
Board Chairman
Joan Jones
Executive Director
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