390 Lincoln Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Sudbury Lincoln CRANE Newsletter
FEATURED TOPIC: FALL FAMILY SAFETY
While October is a time when people think of seasons changing, cooler weather moving in and the holidays fast approaching, it is also an important time for residents to be thinking about safety in honor of National Fire Prevention Month and with Halloween around the corner.
Sudbury Lincoln CRANE would like to provide residents with safety precautions to implement in order to prevent house fires and the appropriate actions to take if there is one in your home:
• Take the simple step of making sure there are working smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area.
• Consider installing smoke alarms inside bedrooms, especially for smokers or heavy sleepers.
• Test smoke alarms monthly and replace alkaline batteries twice a year – for instance, when changing clocks for Daylight Savings.
• Replace all smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older.
House fires occur more often than you may think. According to the United States Fire Administration, “residential” is the leading property type for fire deaths, making up for 75 percent of structure fires. In 2015, there were 380,900 residential fires, killing 2,565 people.
Conduct home fire escape drills frequently, at least twice a year, so actions become automatic. Establish a meeting place somewhere outside and away from their home like a neighbor’s mailbox, a fence post or tree. Remember to take the following steps to prepare all family members on what do if there is a fire:
• Hold a family fire drill during the day, while everyone is awake and another one at night while children are asleep to see how they will respond. Following the drill, make adjustments to the plan.
• Does someone in the family, who may be too young or physically impaired, need assistance? If so, an adult should be assigned to go to that person’s room and assist him/her to an alternate escape route.
• If a child sleeps through an alarm, he or she may need to be awakened by an adult.
• Teach everyone the “Stop, Drop and Roll” technique in case clothing catches on fire.
• Make sure children understand that matches, lighters and candles are not toys and they should never play with them.
Parents should remind their children to:
• Only go to well-lit homes and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
• Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
• Know a parent’s phone number in case an emergency telephone call is necessary.
• Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
• Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid or sharp.
• Use flashlights to light your way and always walk on sidewalks.
• Cross streets at the corner and use crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. Do not cross between parked cars.
• Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant.
• Consider using face paint instead of masks. (Masks can obstruct your vision.)
• Avoid wearing hats that will slide over your eyes, and long, baggy or loose costumes, along with over-sized shoes (to prevent tripping).
Parents and guardians should:
• Supervise children under 12 years old.
• Establish a curfew for older children.
• Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
• Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it.
• If driving children between houses and neighborhoods, have them get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side.
For information about raising awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season, visit the Teal Pumpkin Project website.
Next Newsletter Topic: Healthy Relationships
Survival and Empowerment: Survivor Speaker’s Bureau Presentation
Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. @ Wayland Public Safety Building
Metrowest Adolescent Survey Results
Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. @ Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
Light in the Darkness Candlelight Vigil
Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. @ Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
Wings for Autism
Saturday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. @ Logan Airport, Terminal E
William James College INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health and wellness referral line available to families in the Sudbury and Lincoln Communities as well as Boston families with children in the Sudbury and Lincoln schools. This free and confidential service is available to residents of all ages in member towns.
Callers will be asked to describe their need and provide insurance, appointment time and location preferences. INTERFACE staff will then use their extensive database to find a licensed therapist or provider match with the appropriate specialization. They are able to make referrals in the Sudbury, Lincoln and Boston areas. INTERFACE is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888-244-6843 (toll free).
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