Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
From Sunday December 31, 2017 through Saturday January 6, 2018 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 340 emergency calls for service:
- 7 General Fire Response
Including: An apartment fire started by discarded smoking materials that was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, a brush fire on the East Main Canal, a travel trailer fire, a mattress on fire in an alley, and various alarms
- 2 Mutual Aid
Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with 2 medical emergencies in the County
- 19 Motor Vehicle Crashes
Including: 1 involving a house, 1 involving 3 vehicles, 2 involving pedestrians (1 hit by a golf cart), 1 involving a bicyclist, and 1 involving a semi-truck
- 289 Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
Including: 39 for difficulty breathing, 22 for chest pain, 45 for falls, 22 for unconscious people, 7 seizure cases, 6 possible stroke cases, 4 for intoxicated persons, 1 for a person under the influence of drugs, 3 drug overdoses, 17 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for dehydration, 5 for medical alarms, 2 for allergic reactions (1 of those a reaction to heroin), 20 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 3 for fevers, 5 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a dog bite, 5 for man down calls, 3 for uncontrolled bleeding, 1 for burns suffered after putting water on a grease fire, 5 for bad headaches, 4 for assaults, 2 for back pain, 10 for abdominal pain, 2 pregnancy related, 4 for deceased persons, 2 for lacerations (1 a teenager who punched a TV), 1 sports related injury, 1 for an industrial injury with a hand caught in machinery, 1 for a person struck by a forklift, 1 for a person locked inside a port-a-potty, , and other illnesses and injuries
- 23 Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
Including: 1 for a dog stuck between a fence and a shed, 1 for a backyard debris fire, 2 for powerlines down, 1 kitchen fire, 1 for a discarded Christmas tree on fire, 1 for a small brush fire, 1 for a small ammonia leak, and various alarms
Last week 45 injuries the Yuma Fire Department responded to are the result of falls and those are just some of the many HUNDREDS every year. Every week about 10% of our calls for service are fall related. This could be something as simple as tripping in a parking lot or cases often more serious, like falling from a ladder or roof. No matter your age or activity, it pays to watch your footing and be careful.
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States, and among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. Older adults can take several steps to protect their independence and reduce their risk of falling. They can: exercise regularly and improve balance; ask their doctor or pharmacist to review their medicines–both prescription and over-the counter–to reduce side effects and interactions; have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year; improve the lighting in their home; and reduce hazards in their home that can lead to falls.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, unintentional falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries among children. Some tips for safeguarding children in the home include keeping stairs clear of toys and other items that could cause someone to trip, teaching children to hold the handrail when on stairs or escalators, and always tie their shoelaces to avoid tripping over them. Also, make sure tall furniture, clocks, televisions, etc. are secured to the wall to prevent falling on children; and watch children closely while they are on the playground. They should also remain seated and buckled in when riding in shopping carts.
One of the many classes offered by YFD to the public covers Fall Prevention. The best treatment in the world cannot compare to never being injured in the first place. Safety is no accident! For more information about fire safety and injury prevention, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855.