Oct 17

West Valley Firefighter Charities Water Drive Huge Success

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 4:29 PM by Adam Rosen

The West Side Water Drive combined the efforts of the Peoria Fire- Medical Department, Glendale Fire Department, Avondale Fire Department, Surprise Fire Department and Larry H. Miller to collect water for the homeless and disaster relief.

The community water drive collected bottled water from July 1- Aug. 31. The charities called on local businesses, members of the community and fire departments to help get the word out and collect water.

The water drive was also supported by local businesses, including Safeway, Albertsons, Target and the radio stations KZZP FM and KNIX FM.

Larry H. Miller dealerships across the West Valley competed to see who could collect the most water with LHM Peoria Dodge collecting the most. At the mid-point of the water drive, the charities picked up five truckloads of water from the dealership. In total, almost 7,200 cases of water were collected through the water drive.

The water was given to hurricane relief efforts, forest fire relief efforts, and Valley-wide homeless relief efforts.
Oct 13

How to Combat Road Rage

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 11:48 AM by Adam Rosen

Recently, the Peoria Police Department has responded to road rage calls that could have been avoided with a dose of patience, a calm demeanor, and quick decision-making.

Road rage is the exhibition of violent anger caused by the stress and frustration involved in driving a motor vehicle in difficult or stressful conditions. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) further adds to this definition, stating that actions that contribute to road rage are when a driver “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; commits an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle.”

If you become aware that your driving has angered another driver, do not react or retaliate. Resist the urge to stare, gesture, yell or otherwise draw attention to yourself or to the other driver. While it may be difficult to do, remember that people handle stress in different ways and you do not want to add to this stress. Think twice about how you would react if you were in the other vehicle and be considerate of those around you and those who are traveling with you. Concentrate on the road, be patient, and continue to practice safe driving habits even though you may be annoyed or frustrated with the other driver. 

Avoid drivers who are acting angry or driving poorly; drive in a different direction or slow down. Help yourself avoid angry drivers by driving the speed limit, using your turn signal, and yielding to traffic. Give yourself plenty of time to get your destination so you are not in a hurry, are not tempted to speed and are not trying to “beat the light.”  If another driver continues to act aggressively towards you or starts to follow you, drive towards a police station or public place and call 9-1-1.

A study conducted by the NHSA revealed that half of the drivers who are on the receiving end of an aggressive behavior, such as horn honking, a rude gesture, or tailgating admitted to responding with aggressive behavior themselves. This only makes the situation worse and increases the chances of having an accident during or following a road rage incident. You cannot control the actions of other drivers but you can control how you respond to them. 

Oct 10

Peoria Fire-Medical Offers Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Month

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 9:41 AM by Adam Rosen

October is National Fire Prevention Month, a great time to stop and reflect on whether you are doing enough to protect yourself and your family from the dangers of fire. Home fires are often preventable tragedies. Educating yourself and your family is a key first step to preventing or surviving a household fire. Below are some tips to make your family fire safe.

Smoke Detectors

  • Install a minimum of one smoke detector outside every bedroom and in every sleeping area. Install at least one per floor in a multi-story home.
  • Check your smoke detectors at least once a month and replace batteries once a year.
  • Smoke detectors should be completely replaced every 10 years.

Home Escape Plans

  • Create a home evacuation plan.
  • Practice your plan with everyone in the family.
  • There should be at least two exits from every room.
  • Check that windows open and close easily.
  • Always crawl low under smoke.
  • Choose a family meeting place.

Home Fire Prevention

  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • If you have a fireplace keep a screen in place at all times, have chimney checked and cleaned periodically.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector if your home has gas appliances.

For more safety tips and information follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at Peoria Fire-Medical. For questions about your smoke alarms or fire safety in the home, email Kyle Layne.