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Fire House Facts for 12/10/2017-12/16/2017
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From Sunday December 10, 2017 through Saturday December 16, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 336 emergency calls for service:

  • 10    General Fire Response
    Including: A small fire in an empty building, a dumpster fire, and various alarms
  • 6     Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist with a serious motor vehicle crash in Somerton, 1 for a medical emergency in Winterhaven, 1 to assist Rural Metro with a water tender on a recycling facility fire, and called to assist with 3 other medical emergencies (including person who had accidently shot themselves with a nail gun) in the County
  • 30    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a wall, 4 involving 3 vehicles, 1 involving a bicycle, 2 involving pedestrians,  1 involving a motorcycle, 1 involving a pole, 2 rollovers, and 1 reported as head-on
  • 264   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 33 for difficulty breathing, 17 for chest pain, 29 for falls, 17 for unconscious people, 9 seizure cases, 8 possible stroke cases, 6 for intoxicated persons (including one who reportedly drank a ½ gallon of whiskey), 5 for persons under the influence of drugs, 5 drug overdoses, 9 for people with psychiatric problems, 3 for medical alarms, 3 for allergic reactions, 4 for choking (including a 3 year old on a quarter), 15 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 2 for fevers, 1 for broken bones, 2 for diabetic emergencies, 2 for dog bites, 1 for a spider bite, 8 for man down calls, 6 for bad headaches, 2 for gunshot wounds, 4 for assaults, 3 for back pain, 8 for abdominal pain, 2 pregnancy related, 2 for deceased persons, 1 for alcohol withdrawals, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 26    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 for a removal of a large snake from a closet, 1 for a 3 year old locked in a bedroom, 1 to assist YPD with aerial photos of a crash scene, 3 for lines down, 1 for an illegal debris fire in a yard, and various alarms

This time of year, Yuma’s weather is almost always much better than that being experienced in other parts of the country. That does not mean that temperatures can’t dip down low enough to make things uncomfortably cool. When that happens, sometimes alternative heating sources are used. Improper use of heating equipment can have serious results. Space heaters accounted for two out of every five home heating fires.

Every year, tens of thousands of heating related fires occur, causing hundreds of deaths. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2009 to 2013 there was an average of 56,000 home heating fires per year. and an average of 470 people who lost their lives in those fires. Better designs and more attention to safety have been reducing the number of heating fires. Prior to 1990, heating related fires were the leading cause of home fires. Since then it has been cooking related fires. Here are some tips:

-Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment (furnace, wood stove, portable heater, fireplace, etc.).

-Only use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory. And follow manufacturer’s instructions.

-Make sure your space heater is a modern variety that will automatically shut off if it tips over!

-Never use your oven for heating.

-Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

-Make sure all fuel burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

-Test smoke alarms at least monthly.

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