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Fire House Facts for 11/19/2017-11/25/2017
YFD Engine and Special Operations Vehicle

From Sunday November 19, 2017 through Saturday November 25, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 291 emergency calls for service:

  • 6    General Fire Response
    Including: A gas leak at an apartment building, a fire in a hotel room caused by clothing left on an electric stove that was accidently turned on, and various alarms
  • 1    Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist with emergency medical run in the Foothills
  • 18   Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a wall, 2 involving pedestrians, 1 head-on crash,  and 1 involving a semi-truck
  • 247  Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 18 for difficulty breathing, 21 for chest pain, 33 for falls, 11 for unconscious people, 8 seizure cases, 3 possible stroke cases, 7 for intoxicated persons, 1 for person under the influence of drugs, 2 drug overdoses, 11 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for dehydration, 7 for medical alarms, 2 for children locked in vehicles, 4 for allergic reactions, 1 for choking, 16 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 1 for fever, 1 for broken bones, 4 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for dog bite, 12 for man down calls, 3 for uncontrolled bleeding,  1 for burns on foot from hot water, 3 for bad headaches, 1 for a gunshot wound, 5 for assaults, 8 for back pain, 12 for abdominal pain, 1 for withdrawals, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 19   Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  2 for illegal fires, 1 to assist YPD with a bio-hazard clean-up, 1 for power lines down, 1 for a vehicle fire, and various alarms

With Thanksgiving here and gone, and Christmas only a few weeks away, don’t forget to keep safety in your holiday preparations. If you have or are purchasing an artificial Christmas tree, make sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as flame retardant.

If you choose a “live” tree, pick one that is fresh. Needles should be green, flexible, and not come off when you run your hands over the branches. When you get it home, cut 1or 2 inches from the bottom (like you do for cut flowers) and keep the water container at the base of the tree filled (check it daily!). This water is sucked up into the tree and helps to keep it fresh longer.

Place your tree so it is at least 3 feet away from any heat source and farther from fireplaces or open flames. Heating vents or space heaters blowing on the tree can dry it out faster too. Use only lights that are intended for indoor use, and never place candles on a tree. 20% of Christmas tree fires occur because a heating source is too close to a tree.

After Christmas, properly dispose of your tree. Old dry trees laying in alleys, or in yards, are a fire hazard. Make use of the City’s annual Christmas tree drop-off recycling program so that your old tree will not only be safely disposed of, it will also be put to good use.

For more information about fire and injury prevention classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept