Thursday, December 27, 2012
Safety is key in finding a success and fun on New Year's Eve.
First things first: don't drink and drive. It's that simple. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was predicted that more than 10,000 people would die in drunk-driving accidents in 2011 alone. Some people may argue that they can handle the wheel, even after a few drinks. Although their record may be squeaky clean now, most drunk drivers have driven 80+ times before they actually get busted for the first time. New Year's Eve is a time when cab drivers are expecting to be called upon. Don't waste the resources for a safe and sober ride home. Add one of these phone numbers to your speed dial and save it in your contacts as "Taxi" or "Cab": Now that we've got the drinking and driving issue tackled, let's talk …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
On Monday, Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael A. Grego sent the following letter to Pinellas County Schools staff regarding school safety in response to the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
This letter from Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael A. Grego to Pinellas County Schools staff is also posted on the Pinellas County Schools website. Dec. 17, 2012 Dear Colleagues, Whenever something as tragic as Friday’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., occurs, especially when it affects innocent children and dedicated educators so similar to the ones in our own district, we can’t help but be affected. We naturally share a bond with members of our profession whose first priority is the students they serve, and our hearts ache when families and communities are in mourning. These incidents also direct our attention and cause us to reflect on the value of our employees – not only teachers and administrators, but every member of our …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Headed out on Halloween? To help keep your family safe, Patch shares some tips, including how to check if a registered sex offender lives in your neighborhood.
Patch wants you to have a safe and fun Halloween. Here are some tips on knowing where to go, including how to see if a registered sex offender lives in your neighborhood. Although some registered sex offenders are reminded not to open their doors to children on Halloween, the Largo Police Department encourages people to check the map provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement before heading out to trick-or-treat, police officials said. Go to the FDLE's Neighborhood Search page, type in your address and find out how many sex offenders live nearby. Here are some safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control:
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A new practice door provides firefighters with a new tool for forcible entry training.
The Largo Fire Department has a new door that it's using to practice gaining access quickly and professionally to businesses and homes in the event of a fire. Getting through a real door at the scene of a fire allows firefighters to rescue victims faster and get to the source or seat of the fire, officials said. This week, all of Largo's firefighters are practicing on the new door by Firehouse Innovations, which was designed by a firefighter in New York City. The instructors are Largo's Lt. Sands, Firefighter Trese, and Firefighter McCartney. The anatomy of a door is mostly review for Largo's firefighters. But the new practice door allows firefighters to simulate getting through steel doors in steel frames, which is the toughest place to …
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Home fire safety is a concern year-round, but the holiday season always sparks more incidents than any other. Here are some precautions you should take with your live Christmas tree.
The frigid temperatures sweeping through Pinellas County have many residents cranking up their heaters, but with live Christmas trees, added heat can be a fire safety concern. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires during this time of year claim over 400 lives and injure more than 1600 people. They cause an estimated $990 million in damages nationwide. Fortunately, Largo is safer than most cities. "We don't have too many instances where trees can catch fire," said Edward Mullins, Largo Fire Department's Fire Marshall. "It's more common up north where they use portable heating devices." In order to keep it that way, here are some safety tips you can follow each and every year to ensure a fire-free holiday season: Taking these …