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Yeadon Fire Department: Wall outlet electric safety


 During a recent fire station discussion session, a Yeadon firefighter shared a recently overheard a shocking statistic.  The message shared told of a preventable event—curious fingers and objects entering the unprotected openings in wall electric outlets.  Recent accident figures have reported more than 2400 severe injuries occur each year because of curious fingers and toys making contact will the common installation of wall outlets. Making contact with the receptacle’s 110 volts of alternating current electricity can result in death.

 This message reminded the local firefighter of an observation made at a large, regional shopping mall.  During this shopping visit he was surprised and pleased at seeing plastic safety inserts in all of the wall-mounted electric receptacles installed in the massive, indoor shopping facility.  The observant Yeadon firefighter volunteered, “Why can’t more corporate-based managements adopt this concept.

 Informed parents have long-practiced electric wall outlet safety.   A similar family warning frequently shared by the Yeadon Company has been a reminder telling of this safety practice with a focus on grandparents, close relatives and family friends.

 This important message is worthy of being repeated.  Adults must remember they and children view similar objects differently.  The normal, heightened curiosity of toddlers results in a magnet-like attraction of small fingers and toys to the dangers hidden in the “face-like image” of wall mounted electric receptacles.

 There is an important question that needs an answer, “Why haven’t more, commercial establishments begun a program of installing the simple plastic insert-plugs in their wall outlets?”. A possible solution came from a comment from one of the long-tenured members of the Yeadon Fire Company may prove to be a way for recognition.  He shared a comment taught by his grandfather, “The squeaking hinge gets the oil. “A petition signed by members and families of any kind of neighborhood or service organization will provide greater input and impact than a single person or family.

 A potential motivation for commercial establishments to achieve safety for each of their accessible electric outlets could be the suggestion of their creating a press release telling of their new safety policy.  Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries volunteered, “The success of this simple, low-cost effort is a fitting way for a merchant to achieve a new and lasting form of customer loyalty by parents, and in time, the loyalty of the children the parents are striving to protect.”


Yeadon Fire Department: Smoke Detector is everyday living


 Yeadon’s fire chief has elected to offer another collection of timely safety suggestions. Chief Craig Jeffries has shared the information that occupants within structures protected by a Smoke Detector have a 50% greater chance of survival in fire.   His ideal collection of proper installations of these life-saving tools-of-survival includes a Smoke Detector installed in each sleeping area, every 30 feet in long hallways, as close as possible to bedrooms.

The bedroom is an important location for Smoke Detectors because of an unfortunate statistic.  Chief Jeffries shared the finding that 55% of all home fire fatalities occur in the bedroom.  Approximately 35% of these victims were asleep at the time of the fire; half of all home fire fatalities occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 

Yeadon’s fire chief explained other reasons for a bedroom Smoke Detector installation, “It is recommended to sleep with bedroom doors closed as a step in limiting the spread of a fire.  A closed door will reduce the sound of hallway Smoke Detector alerting sound almost in half.”

One area within the home, with its supporting 41% of report residential fires is the kitchen; these fires also result in 15% of home fire fatalities.  Joining good cooking practices as a prevention tool, is the knowledge of simple but effective cooking safety.

Any fires burning either cooking oil or the pans contents, can be safely extinguished by using a flat surface, such as a large frying pan or a flat cookie sheet. Begin by creating an imaginary hinge at joining of edge of the “on-fire” and the flat, extinguishing flat item nearest to the extinguish cook.  Slowly lower the flat, covering item away from the cook.  Chief Jeffries added, “Be super patient and avoid the temptation to see if the fire is extinguished.  Please wait until the pan on the stove and its cool . . . and then wait a bit longer.”

Cooking often ends with entertaining.  These two activities each have “uniforms” and entertaining attire, often with its loose-fitting clothes, is dangerous in the kitchen. This party attire can make contact with a hot cooking surface and begin burning, seriously injuring the cook.  Through proper planning, there will be sufficient time for pre-event cooking and time to “dress for the role of hostess.”

The location of kitchen-area Smoke Detectors and their type of life-and property protector is important.  A byproduct of cooking is steam or vapors which can falsely give an audible indication of a fire. To avoid this false

warning, kitchen-based Smoke Detectors incorporate a “hush button.   This feature temporarily lessens the sensitivity, which aids in avoiding the temptation to silence the sound by removing the battery

When the alert-production is eliminated by removing the power source, there is no assurance this lost power will be restored.  Some experts suggest a kitchen Smoke Detector installation should be within the protection area, but as far as possible from any vapor or steam sources.

While there are frequent advertisements feature new and stylish cooking utensils.  The Yeadon Fire Company would like to see these advertising feature the stylish fire extinguishers created for kitchen use.   Chief Jeffries added, “Kitchen fire extinguishers should be mounted near the favored entrance leading into the kitchen and away from a possible fire area.

Often forgotten is the area of a residence is the “social’ or living area. Although only 4% of home fires start in the living room, family room, or den, these fires cause 24% of deaths. After the bedroom, most smoking-related fires occur in the living room.  Typically, abandoned or carelessly discarded smoking materials ignite trash, bedding or upholstery.  In an alternative application of the national safety slogan, ‘Smoking Kills,” as do fires.  A properly installed Smoke Detector often becomes an end of the evening watch dog

Concluding this exploration into Family Safety, Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries stressed, “Being safe is no accident. To be successful, safety must be practiced in every action and activity in our daily living and work. There can be no ‘short cuts in safety’ “


Yeadon Fire Department: Smoke Detectors


The question, “Should Smoke Detectors be in our homes?”  has only one answer: YES.  But. In reality, there are numbers of homes with either no Smoke Detectors or open covers showing no batteries installed. Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries reminded members of the Fire Company’s community, “It is doubtful if anyone can disagree with serious consequence of not exiting a home or apartment if there is a fire in the residence.”


If there are any Smoke Detector doubters, they are reminded that the new, 10-year battery-powered Smoke Detectors are a wise and affordable form of “peace-of-mind.”  They offer a contemporary replacement for the former styles of protection. These long-life battery-powered Watch Dog devices are readily available and easy to install.


 Over their prolonged life, these new Smoke Detectors—with their decade-long battery life—help in avoiding the problem of “no protection because of forgetfulness.”  In the older style Smoke Detector, forgetting to at least annually replace the rectangular battery contributed to a no-working device


If there are any doubts, occupants are advised that the new, 10-year battery-powered Smoke Detectors are a wise and affordable form of “peace-of-mind.”  These long-life, battery-powered Watch Dog devices are readily available and easy to install.  Over their prolonged life, these new Smoke Detectors—with their decade-long battery life avoid the problem of “no protection because of forgetfulness. In the older style Smoke Detector, forgetting to annually replace the rectangular battery will end that style of Smoke Detector’s life of protection.


Yeadon Fire Department: Stayin alive



 The song, “ Stayin’ Alive” featured by the Bee Gees in their album,  A Tribute to the Brothers Gibb, has multiple values in life-saving.  Both staying alive applications have proven successes—keeping people alive.  One application of this 1977 song is the currently accepted cadence in the life-saving use of CPR.

 The second application of ‘”Stayin’ Alive is a concept that is regaining the attention of the Yeadon Fire Company and American safety representatives.  Both groups are once more urging occupant of vehicles to use the life-saving, combined lap belt and shoulder restraints. 

 Research has shown the initial successes in driver and front seat use of these mandated safety devices have largely been maintained.  Research has also shown the front seat safety successes are not currently shared in the remainder of the seating areas.

 The Yeadon Fire Company, joins with the national safety experts in an endorsement of an ongoing driver safety program for drivers and an increased emphasis for all passengers to consistently use these safety constraints in a vehicle seating areas.

 One of the most often quoted and uttered safety slogans is, “Buckle up for safety.”. The Yeadon Fire company strongly urges everyone in a vehicle everyone to follow this safety suggestion.

 More and more statistics are pointing to the fact that people that are passengers in the rear of the car feel that they are immune from the benefits of wearing a seatbelt. Yet increased statistic show that these rear seat passengers become injured because when the car abruptly stops unrestrained rear seat occupants become human projectiles.

 Craig Jeffries volunteered, “Not only do the unbelted, reseat passengers become injured, they also inflict injury is on individuals in the front seat of cars.”  This statement was validated by the research that has shown an unbuckled individual in the rear seating of a car are statistically shown do have three times the number of injuries as than those who are buckled into the seatbelt in the car.

 Observation by safety experts in law-enforcement personnel show that between one fourth and one third of the young people and adults in the non-front seats of cars do not buckle up for safety.   Far too many people feel that "just because it's a short trip to the store" they feel they are immune from being hurt in a car accident.

  Chief Jeffries added another set of statistics.   continue to show that far too many of the fatal accident happened within 25 miles of home and it's less than interstate highway speeds.

 Drivers are reminded that no vehicle should not move until the sound of the safety click a seatbelt is heard from the front seat and second and third rows if vehicle has them. Buckle up for safety applies to every passenger and the driver within any vehicle within all vehicles.

 The simple click of a seatbelt becomes a contribution to safety—the most welcomed sound a responsible driver will ever hear


Yeadon Fire Department: Returning to School



 It is that time of the year. As sunsets come earlier and the end of August is approaching, returning to school becomes a family activity.  The Yeadon Fire Company reminds both drivers and children, this time of the year ushers in renewed safety practices. Chief Craig Jeffries stressed, “Going back to school is a serious change for drivers, as well as for our community’s youth.

 When school returns to being a part of their daily activities, it is not uncommon for children to take advantage of the diminishing daylight and continuing warmer temperatures to enjoy outdoor activities. It is also common for these playful student to forget the family’s lessons in their role of being safe

 The size of car in comparison to the size of children adds the requirement for drivers to remember they have a renewed driving-safely responsibility.  To compensate for a back to school students’ forgetfulness of safety, it becomes the responsibility of drivers to increase their awareness of the possibility of having to share the roadway with these forgetful students.

 School zones are identified by standardized signage.  To assure driver attention, during the beginning and ending of the school day, electronic speed control reminder adds to driver reminders. In community recreational areas., There normally are no standardized warnings reminding drivers they are approaching a neighborhood play areas. 

 This void has prompted the Yeadon Fire Company to volunteer an additional reminder for drivers:  become more alert and to drive more slowly when children are seen playing. Bending the rules of proper spelling, the Fire Company has made a suggestion for all drivers, "Please remember to give our children a brake!"

 A common signage found near many schools and recreation areas becomes yet another warning, "We have many children but we have none to spare."  Another thought shared by a Yeadon firefighter also provides a meaningful safety message, “Please drive as if the playing children were your own.


Yeadon Fire Department: Summer shore safety



Summer, for many is a time for life changes.  One characteristic that must remain constant is the ongoing practices or safety.  While adults and children are finding ways to enjoy the avenues of fun and relaxation, the common-sense habits that keep the neighbors of the Yeadon Fire Company safe must not be relaxed.

While often associated with relaxation, there are serious danger from the ongoing exposures to the sun.  Regardless how a bad sunburn occurred, the often ignored skin condition can be responsible for current and future skin dangers. There are simple and proven steps to prevent this damage to the skin.  Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries added, “Be aware of the necessity of reapplication after the initial use and after swimming or heavy perspiration.”  Also, the dangers of skin cancer can also be lessened by the wearing of long-sleeved clothing and of the use of face- and head-protecting, wide-brimmed hats.

Overexertion from both work and fun are influenced the effects or high temperature and the dreaded humidity. The joys of fun and the necessity of accomplishing a task can easily ignore the dangers of thirst.  Often the use of fluids other than water and proven hydrating liquids are selected to combat thirst and the other signs of dehydration.  Alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea and caffeine drinks do not help in reversing the dangers of dehydration. Also be aware of the signs of the telltale thirst and feeling weak, dizzy, or fatigue.

One of the seasonal practices is outdoor eating. Chief Jeffries volunteered. “In a quest to “refuel” after work and play avoid the temptation to find immediate satisfaction avoid eating a pink-in-the-middle hamburger; a precook hotdog is a wiser choice to help satisfy hunger and avoid food poisoning. If a food is meant to be cooled, avoid eating any chilled food where there is any doubt about that foods continual, proper safe temperature storage

The happiness of outdoor recreation fun must not responsible for injuries and possible fatalities.  Be wise in the water and don’t relax the safety practices of biking at all times with the safety of a helmet.  Weather in a boat or swimming in pools, rivers, or the ocean, never relax the practices of safety. Just like water safety, all out activities must be supported by the proven guideline of “being aware of your surroundings.”

Both at home or in other locales, there are dangers “from the bugs.”  Mosquitoes inflict pain and discomfort.  While in certain, select areas, a local mosquito inflicts other than pain.  By following the sensible use of preventive measures current and future protection must be used to help assure immediate and long-term safety.

Chief Jeffries stressed a simple, yet effective summation, “By making safety a common practice, the summer activities need not be altered.  The addition of prevention does not eliminate the happiness of summer fun.  Instead, when these basic suggestions are followed they assure a vacation remains a happy and safe summer.”


Yeadon Fire Department: Summer safety hints



 Summer, for many is a time for life changes.  One characteristic that must remain constant is the ongoing practices or safety.  While adults and children are finding ways to enjoy the avenues of fun and relaxation, the common-sense habits that keep the neighbors of the Yeadon Fire Company safe must not be relaxed.

 While often associated with relaxation, there are serious danger from the ongoing exposures to the sun.  Regardless how a bad sunburn occurred, the often ignored skin condition can be responsible for current and future skin dangers. There are simple and proven steps to prevent this damage to the skin.  Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries added, “Be aware of the necessity of reapplication after the initial use and after swimming or heavy perspiration.”  Also, the dangers of skin cancer can also be lessened by the wearing of long-sleeved clothing and of the use of face- and head-protecting, wide-brimmed hats.

 Overexertion from both work and fun are influenced the effects or high temperature and the dreaded humidity. The joys of fun and the necessity of accomplishing a task can easily ignore the dangers of thirst.  Often the use of fluids other than water and proven hydrating liquids are selected to combat thirst and the other signs of dehydration.  Alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea and caffeine drinks do not help in reversing the dangers of dehydration. Also be aware of the signs of the telltale thirst and feeling weak, dizzy, or fatigue.

 One of the seasonal practices is outdoor eating. Chief Jeffries volunteered. “In a quest to “refuel” after work and play avoid the temptation to find immediate satisfaction avoid eating a pink-in-the-middle hamburger; a precook hotdog is a wiser choice to help satisfy hunger and avoid food poisoning. If a food is meant to be cooled, avoid eating any chilled food where there is any doubt about that foods continual, proper safe temperature storage

 The happiness of outdoor recreation fun must not responsible for injuries and possible fatalities.  Be wise in the water and don’t relax the safety practices of biking at all times with the safety of a helmet.  Weather in a boat or swimming in pools, rivers, or the ocean, never relax the practices of safety. Just like water safety, all out activities must be supported by the proven guideline of “being aware of your surroundings.”

 Both at home or in other locales, there are dangers “from the bugs.”  Mosquitoes inflict pain and discomfort.  While in certain, select areas, a local mosquito inflicts other than pain.  By following the sensible use of preventive measures current and future protection must be used to help assure immediate and long-term safety.

 Chief Jeffries stressed a simple, yet effective summation, “By making safety a common practice, the summer activities need not be altered.  The addition of prevention does not eliminate the happiness of summer fun.  Instead, when these basic suggestions are followed they assure a vacation remains a happy and safe summer.”


Yeadon Fire Department: doing it right!



 In the recent weekend’s shocking, Orlando Florida- headline news there were buried several safety induce-and disaster-related messages that have overload. parallel applications in routine emergency activities.  Communications, both personal and media based, are important tools in survival.  In addition to the use of cell phones to report either initial or follow-up observations, keep cell phone usage to a minimum.  This practice saves the cell phone battery; minimal communications also aids in preventing cell site

 If tagged by the electronic media to share observations, resist the temptation to add any personal feelings or editorial comments.  An emergency is not the time to create a “soap box.”  Facts are sufficient and add nothing else that may contribute to rumors or false impressions.

 The first response by individuals who may be innocently drawn into emergencies is to always follow the instructions from emergency officials.  These trained personnel may provide (1) a specific exit path to a safety zone or (2) their informed-observations my result in a “shelter-in-in-place” command. This latter command is growing increasingly common because of better analysis of potential threats and appropriated responses to all threats, both immediate and those of escalating dangers

 Equally important are the survival tools that include medical data, emergency funds, and personal items that will aid in being away from home for some unpredictable time.  Some even include pre-selected fluids, food, reading materials, and a battery-powered radio.



Yeadon Fire Department: Spring Safety steps 2016



 Outdoor cooking has become a favorite American pastime.  While the focus of recreational cooking has moved to gas-fired activities, charcoal cooking still is popular for a collection of loyalists. The Yeadon Fire Company reminds these traditional amateur chefs of some of the precautions when cooking with charcoal.

 Outdoor cooks who continue to use natural charcoal for the cooking have been known to forget these precautions. In his cooking safety reminders, Fire Chief Craig Jeffries stressed, “Unless special steps are taken when starting a charcoal fire, there are many dangers.”

 The greatest danger occurs when a charcoal cooks becomes impatient when a bed of charcoal that was started doesn’t appear be burning.  In an attempt to accelerate the cooking, a second application of starter fluid can cause an explosion.

 The hidden heat in one or more briquettes easily becomes the source of an explosive ignition. This flash-back of fire travels up the stream of starting fluid. When this fire enters the container, the next, almost instant reaction is either an explosion or a flash of uncontrolled fire.

 In his fire prevention suggestion, Chief Jeffries stressed, “Begin by initially applying the proper amount of fluid before attempting to initially start the fire.”

 Equally dangerous cooking problems occur during the cooking as well as after the meal are prepared.  Never cook inside a garage or under overhead porches. From these locations, the carbon monoxide from cooking can enter the home and become a potent killer.  If inside the garage, the heat from cooking inside a garage can ignite fumes from stored items,

 An additional danger exists after the meal preparation.  Each year, firefighters are called to fires beginning from the unsuspected heat left in what were thought to be “dead briquettes.”  Following the rules of outdoor cooking, place the used charcoal in a metal, not a plastic container, and leave it alone.  As an added safety step, add water to the container. 

 Burying spent charcoal that has been started with a petroleum fluid is very environmentally dangerous act.

 Concluding his primer, Yeadon’s fire chief added, “A good meal must include in its ingredients, a healthy dose of safety.  “Enjoy your outdoor charcoal cooking, but please do it carefully,”



Yeadon Fire Department: Carpets hide dangers



 There is a long practice of the Yeadon Fire Company to share a slogan seen at an automobile dealer’s repair bay—“The longest distance between two points is a short cut”   While attending a recent meeting at the home of one of the participants, there was seen by a Yeadon firefighter an example of dangerous shortcut.

 The well-decorated home included tables and table lamps located at the ends of a comfortable sofa.   This furniture combination was sitting on a stylish, oriental rug.  The next observation was that of a potential danger.  The electric wiring for each of the lamps was hidden under the rug. 

 Unknown to the home owner, each step on the carpet was contributing to a potential fire.  As Chief Craig Jeffries commented, “Wires under carpeting is a known source of fires. Each step on the carpet contributes to the danger.”

 Walking on the carpet or movement of furniture placed on the floor covering results in the crushing of the insulation that separates the two wires of the hidden electric source.  When this protective covering is deteriorated, there is nothing to prevent one wire from making contact with the other wire. 

 The result is the potential of fire.  The danger-hiding carpeting also becomes added fuel for this otherwise hidden fire. 

 The most dangerous time for a fire of this type is often at the end of an evening’s entertaining. Yeadon’s fire chief added, “Hopefully a fresh battery and a working Smoke Detector will awaken the occupants.”

 There are many causes for residential fires.  Many of these fires can be prevented by following the Yeadon Fire Company’s warning to avoid shortcuts.  Facts and figures show that nationwide, there is a home fire death an average of every three hours in America. “Please don’t become a statistic.” urged Chief Jeffries.


Yeadon Fire Department: Second Chance Club



 With the return of Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 13, the area media has once more helped remind the public of the need to change the life-saving “watch dog” battery in Carbon Monoxide Monitors and older styles of Smoke Detectors.

When Yeadon firefighters encounter anon-working Smoke Detector, they ask “When was the battery changed? The greatest concern is finding no battery in the battery compartment in these life-saving devices.

When asked why the battery was not changed with the change of clocks, the most common response is either, “I started to do it,” “I forgot” or “I was going to do it tomorrow.”

If the occupant had installed the newer, 10-yearSmoke Detector, this problem would have been avoided.

Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries has once again stressed, “It only takes a short time to help protect lives by installing a fresh battery in the Carbon Monoxide Monitors or Smoke Detectors. Please do this today. This reminder is the idea behind the Yeadon Fire Company’s Second Chance Club.”

Motivated by these continuing and unfortunate observations, not everyone follows the simple “change-of-time” reminders. To help everyone forgetting to change these batteries, the Yeadon Fire Company continues to stress its “Second Chance Club.”

“Please don’t take chance with the lives of your family,” volunteered Chief Jeffries. He added, “While a simple job, please make it your number one project.  These devices need a power source to provide these life-saving protections. Insert new batteries in each of the home’s Carbon Monoxide Monitors and older style Smoke Detectors. Please do it now!”

Without the protection of these inexpensive and valued safety watchdogs, there may be no SECOND CHANCE.


Yeadon Fire Department: Driving dangers



 Mother Nature has a deserved reputation of being unyielding and being an unforgiving force at all the wrong times. Midweek in the last week in February, the traditional fire and EMS Yeadon firefighters took on a new responsibility—they became water rescuers.

 Following a long-standing habit, the firefighters listened as the National Weather Service (NWS) bulletins, as well the local and regional radio and television forecasters were warning of severe weather events on Wednesday evening, February 24.  

 It’s not uncommon for drivers having personal agendas to ignore all sources of weather warnings, including those dealing with water-covered roadways.  These drivers have never adopted the NWS saying-- Turn Around Don’t Drown.™

 The results from not following this advice were repeated during that week’s record-setting rain: drivers became trapped in their cars and they were stranded until rescuers arrived. Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries commented, “Fortunately, none of trapped vehicles or their occupants were swept away by

 Chief Jeffries shared information about the often-unknown dangers of flowing water.

 Later, he explained, “Flowing water can be deceptively strong, packing a significant, unknown punch with forces largely unknown until experienced.

 Yeadon’s fire chief shared more, “Water moving at about the same pace we can walk, about 4 mph, can provided enough force to move a person, even knocking his or her off their feet.

 As the evening’s rain continued, so did its fierceness. The powerful winds accelerated to a peak of 60 miles per hour and not long after the peak rain falling excess of 2-1/2 inches per hour, the evening’s collection of water rescues began. The first water emergency sent Yeadon firefighters to a person stranded in a Honda Accord located near the intersection of Union Avenue and Baltimore.  Returning to Yeadon only minutes after this first water call, the crew and apparatus responded to Bailey and Paul for the next water emergency,

 Because of the pace of the rain, there was little time between the evening’s water rescues.  The next call, reported by a passerby, dispatched Yeadon to the 100 block of MacDade Boulevard, Yeadon. The final water rescue in that evening’s “bunched” water calls sent Yeadon’ rescuers to a stranded driver near the intersection of Union and Bartram, Upper Darby

 Following these storm activities, Yeadon’s fire chief praised the local firefighters for skills and dedication.  Chief Jeffries also shared that water activities were not the only evening’s calls. The local volunteers responded to more traditional structural calls; one before the storm’speak and one after.



Yeadon Fire Department: Safe battery instructions



 Ignoring instructions when taking a trip can prove to be dangerous, or at least become a strong inconvenience. One of the important suggestions of the Yeadon Fire Company is being prepared for emergencies. A part of these preparations is finding, reading, and following instructions. These guidelines have been supplied by Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries.

 Explaining his safety-emergency concerns Chief Jeffries volunteered, “Almost all recently purchased items come with instructions; suggestions that are often discarded or ignored.  Yeadon’s fire leader’s advice was prompted by his reading a discarded “usage-safety tag”,

 This tag was associated with a newly purchased multiple-battery flashlight.  This printed collection of safety suggestions was labeled as a “Battery Warning.” This combination of six suggestions began with the warning to never mix old and new Batteries.  In a similar “never-combining safety suggestion”, this educational tag reminded to never mix alkaline, standard (carbon-zinc), or rechargeable (nickel-cadmium or other, new able type) batteries.

 Chief Jeffries also added the instruction to always pay attention when inserting batteries.  The goal--always obey instructions telling a user to insert the individual batteries by following guidelines in assuring the proper polarity.

 Always use the manufacture-specified battery (ies), chargers (if applicable), and/or a manufacturer specified power adapter.  Until children become properly trained, these instructions should be an adult responsibility or overseen by an adult.

 Chief Jeffries acknowledged no battery “lasts forever.”  When a battery is no longer useful, care must be exercised in their proper disposal.  Government regulations have resulted in proper disposal procedures.  Our environment needs help.  Chief Jeffries strongly reminded Yeadon residents to NEVER DISPOSE BATTERIES IN A FIRE. They may explode.

Batteries have an ongoing, important responsibility in both everyday living and emergencies. Yeadon’s firefighters urge their community to install, use, and dispose of these miniature power sources so they may power the devices that assure both safety and daily needs



Yeadon Fire Department: Small batteries can be a danger



 Batteries have become important ingredients in daily activities. Just like the Yeadon Fire Company, everyone has a collection of devices that are battery powered. While producing voltages that are greatly smaller than the hopefully respected higher voltages than are provided by electric utilities, these miniature power sources have their own possible dangers.

 A member of the Yeadon Fire Company discovered one of the normally unrecognized dangers—a small, yet embarrassing and potentially dangerous event that occurred because of a battery.  This event occurred when a new, nine-volt battery was added to an unwritten shopping list.  The busy firefighter forgot that he had earlier dropped the “dead,” depleted battery into the pants pocket that he then dropped his daughter’s thin gold chain needing a repair to its clasp. 

 Before the firefighter was about to walk to his car, he felt a sharp pain on his leg and simultaneously smelled something burning.  Looking down to the location of the pain, he then saw wisps of smoke.  He also smelled burning flesh.  His pants were burning,

Retreating to the visual safety of his home, he investigated. The thin chain had made contact with the exposed terminals of the forgotten battery. The result was a small, but heat producing “electric furnace.”  The damage—a melted segment of the chain, a fused fabric of the pants, and a small leg burn.

 Why and how did this damaging series of events occur?  The “why” was the product of two fabled sayings—“Haste makes waste” and “The longest distance between two points is a short cut.”  The “why” is an often-forgotten concept Add a small conductor of electricity, such as a chain or thin foil across the terminals of even an innocent-looking, small battery and the result is heat.  In this event, sufficient heat produced a minor burn and started a small fire.

 As the Yeadon firefighter learned and eagerly shared, “Fire prevention begins at home—everyone’s home.”  He also unexpectedly had to purchase a replacement chain and new pants.


Yeadon Fire Department: winter volunteering safety



 Many times a year, residents of Yeadon are invited to become involved in community volunteering activities. Well placed signs along Pennsylvania roads invite others to join volunteers who help pick up roadside trash.  Other public service announcements suggest adopting a homeless pet. The Yeadon Fire Company has suggested another adoption program.

 The aluminum painted sources of the water used to extinguish fires can be hidden because of the camouflage effect when a hydrant is covered with snow. The recent amount of snow was worse; being totally covered, there was no way to quickly locate the hydrant. Responding fire crews know the approximate hydrant locations, but without visible reference land marks, the search is time consuming.

 Please invest in safety and help an entire neighborhood.  As one volunteer firefighter commented, “Shovel for safety.” By removing a large patch of snow that surrounds the hydrant and all of the connections that provide water to extinguish the fire, a life may be saved.”

 A second seasonal volunteer effort has a focus on adopting any neighbor who cannot do their own snow removal. Unless the snow hampering entry and exiting from a residence, any emergency visits by police, fire or EMS will be prevented or hampered.  A great gift to the person doing the snow removal is the result from possibly saving a life.

 The third volunteering—becoming a member of the Yeadon Fire Company has historically effort has provided man members with provides a produced long and continuing histories of employment. Over the 100-plus year history members have acquired valuable “life skills.  These fire or emergency medical skills have provided Yeadon Fire Company members with “opened doors for employment. “ In addition to protecting family members, Yeadon firefighters are also “earning a living“ as the result of the training acquired through the training and experiences acquired through volunteer service with the Yeadon Fire Company.

Thanks to a good neighbor, the nearby homes and residents are provided with a safety assurance by someone providing an easy access to the nearby fire hydrant.



Yeadon Fire Department: Unique winter dangers




  As was demonstrated by the recent snow storm, life is filled by paradoxes—snow has its beauty and when in the recent, overbearing amounts, very distinctive dangers.  The Yeadon Fire Company cites the potential dangers that may be associated with efficiencies produced by the newer, heating systems. Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries cited the potential danger that can occur if the snow covers the “plastic pipe” type of exhaust system that replaces the traditional chimney exhaust on former heating systems.

  This possible threat to life may be produced when the heating system’s carbon monoxide faces resistance from the packed, moist snow. The cure is simple; the first snow removal effort should focus on this possibly forgotten or un recognized danger. Home owners who installed this cost-effective type of heating system are more likely to perform the safety steps of preventing restrictions in the exhausting of carbon monoxide and other products of heating.   Subsequent owners may not know this non-traditional exhaust system needs special attention when there large are snow fall amounts and possible drifting that can result in restricting the exhausting process.

  As any snowfall continues, renewed attention must be repeatedly performed.  When the snow may no longer be falling, the continuing winds may form ongoing drifting that can prevent the proper exhausting process.

  Chief Jeffries added another post storm warm—ice.  He explained, “Both elevating temperature sand the sun’s heat can result in the melting of snow on roofs and porches.  The result can create long, dangerous ice cycles that can, with no notice, fall. These falling objects can produce injuries or when they melt later freeze, producing slipping dangers on walking surfaces. “




Yeadon Fire Department: Yeadon Saturday day multiple alarm fire




  For many members of the Yeadon Fire Company, their personal, day’s activities began early on Saturday morning, January 16. They were accelerating their personal schedules because of an annual Fire Company event—the organization’s award event.  When the fire dispatch was received by Yeadon and the initial support emergency responders at approximately 8:45 a.m., the experienced firefighters began reflections of previous fires and rescues.  The six separate structures with their four floors of living units have previously been the focus of area fire and emergency medical fire dispatches

  In its pre firefighting planning as this complex was being constructed, the Yeadon Fire Company addressed a special, fitting emergency response.  The potential life and property risks, and the possible traffic delay when responding from the Yeadon Fire Company require sentering Philadelphia, passing by Colwyn and traveling through a Darby neighborhood, has added in the initial response supplemental responders from adjacent communities.

  On Saturday morning, while preparing for that evening’s Yeadon Fire Company Award Banquet Yeadon’s fire chief was beginning his transporting of the collection of awards to the location of that evening’s award gathering.  In a quick detour he arrived as the initial Darby Fire Company radio message was telling of heavy smoke in building E.

  The next element of this descriptive messages told of a report of a trapped occupant on the top floor of that structure.  That message immediately altered the initial fire crew’s responses.  Their mission was to locate and evacuated the stranded person.

  Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries described the heroic location and removal of the woman as a “quick location and a rapid removal to the waiting EMS crew at the entrance to the “fire building.”  This rescue was begun by the hose crew from the Darby Fire Company No. 1 and the aerial ladder crew from the Yeadon Fire Company. 

  An occupant of that building within the complex is quoted as saying the woman rescued from the fire-unit was black from the fire and smoke and as one firefighter added, “she was found in the traditionally described, protective fetal position as if she were sleeping.”

  Emergency medical practices were initiated while the unit’s occupant was being transported to the nearby Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.  Following initial evaluation and stabilization, she was transferred to the hyperbolic chamber at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for advanced evaluation and treatment.

  Once the trapped victim was no longer the focus of the firefighters, the additional crews and apparatus accelerated their extinguishing the fire in the burning unit, checking for any fire growth to nearby units and to beginning the overhaul process in a search of any extension of the fire into hidden areas of the building’s construction.

  In addition to Yeadon and Darby Fire Company No.1, the initial crew response of personnel for firefighting and the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) this initial alert also included in the initial dispatch included personnel and apparatus from Darby Fire Patrol No. 2, Lansdowne, Clifton Heights and the Holmes Fire Company.  To assure emergency medical services, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital dispatched an emergency medical unit.

  Because of firefighting history in previous Foxcroft emergencies, PECO Energy and addition apparatus and crews were also summoned from Collingdale No. 1 and Collingdale No. 2. While progress was being made in the fire extinguishing efforts, there was no specific “go home: time window.”

  To assure the communities whose fire personnel were active in this Saturday morning fire, there were dispatched cover up fire services by summoning fire personneland apparatus from Ridley Township’s Leedom Estate Fire Company, Norwood, Prospect Park, and Haverford Township’s Mano Fire Company.

  The need to disconnect utilities and the aftermath of a fire of this extent fostered contacting the American Red Cross for food and clothing. Additionally, the Red Cross added they would be providing lodging assistance for occupants who do not have an alternate place to stay.

  Following this intense battle by approximately 75 firefighters, Yeadon’s Fire Chief praised the high energy efforts provided by these firefighters.  He added, “The success of this Saturday morning activity is a credit to the local and county fire training and the periodic training shared by neighbor fire organizations.  We all worked together well, functioning as a single unit.”

  Yeadon and regional investigators began their investigation of a fire that appears to have begun in a kitchen.  




Yeadon Fire Department: water wet or flakes is dangerous




  Ten years ago this region was hit hard by a snow storm that “dumped crippling amounts of dangerous snow.  People were stranded both at work and at home.  So far, this year’s weather patterns have only provided rain.  The Yeadon Fire Company warns both weather extremes are dangerous.

  Reflecting upon this year’s weather patterns, Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries stressed, “While snowfalls have their own dangers, far too often both drivers and walkers neglect to observe the dangers of water, both standing and flowing. “

  The simplest rule of water safety is a phrase pioneered by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration states, “Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a water covered area, Turn Around Don't Drown.”

  The foundation for this safety warning is simple. Rarely is either the depth of the water or the condition of the road under the water known. Flowing water is one of nature’s most powerful forces with its ability to move tons of soil within seconds and move buildings off of their foundations.  “Cars and walkers do not have to ability to challenge these forces of nature,” added Chief Jeffries.


  In addition to unrecognized forces off lowing water, pedestrians cannot see the added danger of hidden silt.  This water and uncovered dirt can combine to create a slippery walking surface.  One slip and an unexpected fall can foster extreme, potentially dangerous and injuries.


  There are collected and forgotten conditions of driving on water-covered surfaces that face drivers attempting to drive on wet road surfaces. Even thin layers of water can also include dirt and oil which will combine to create slick driving surfaces.


  Additionally, roadway markings may be seen. Wet brakes can increase stopping distances. One additional danger exits on many watery driving surfaces—hydroplaning.


  This unwanted danger occurs when the tire’s tread cannot move the water from underneath the tire. This results in the possible loss of control of the vehicle.


  While slower speeds may aid in preventing hydroplaning, the most effective prevention is to avoid driving on water covered surfaces.


  Rushing or standing flood water is usually murky and cannot be seen through. In darkness, it is almost impossible to see through any water.  This contributes to another danger,‘What if the roadway has been washed away?’


  In almost all possible dangers, prevention is an important tool in safety. In reviewing these seasonal problems, Chief Jeffries stressed, “Byremembering the hazards of standing and flowing water, safety has a better chance to aid in avoiding dangers.”




Yeadon Fire Department: safety by resolutions




 One of the traditions coupled with the New Year’s festivities is the decision to make one or more resolutions. The Yeadon Fire Company suggests there are normally one or more reasons to reflect on safety changes in home, work, or recreation.  Chief Craig Jeffries commented, “The first step in the making of resolutions is honesty—honesty in the determination what needs special attention and honesty in the making and follow-through on the changes that require attention.

 Begin by taking an honest look at life-events that, if changed, would add or assure safety.  This could include never taking short cuts in activities because of unexpected time interruptions. As an example, always secure seatbelt-shoulder harness before even starting the car. Also, by adding distractions during driving can contribute to the causes of possible accidents. 

 Chief Jeffries added a saying volunteered by one the Yeadon firefighters, “A shortcut often becomes the longest distance between two points.” Always allocate sufficient time and resources in all activities; this helps eliminate the stress of “being hurried.”

 In addition to realistic, meaningful changes for increased safety, the focus for each resolution must be consistent.  When a resolution is bypassed for any reason, this can easily be the return of dangers.

 “Pleaseremember to be honest in both the Craig Jeffries.  These steps, plus desire, can help add new safety practices through resolutions. 



Yeadon Fire Department: Outdoors Christmas lighting safety


One of the key ingredients of all Christmas preparations is safety.  Injury- and accident-prevention begins with detailed preplanning.  The Yeadon Fire Company asks residents to follow their standards of safety by establishing safety steps in all of activities. Sharing a holiday example about safety Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries stressed, “Each step of making a home’s perfect “drive-by image” must follow a set of safety guidelines.”

Both common sense and a safety planning begins with the checking of individual holiday lights are in a safe working condition.; long before any trip up a ladder.   This check also begins before any electricity is applied.  Start by inspecting the entire wiring of each of the several connected light sets, looking for and discoloring or cracks in the wires.  Special attention should be given to each of lamp sockets; rock them to see if they are firm.  Give the same attention to the connectors on each end of all wiring sets.

When this initial evaluation is complete, the next step is the first ‘electric test.’  “Please do not skip this test at this collection of safety sets before climbing the ladder. Waiting until up the ladder may prove to be a big mistake,” urged Chief Jeffries. Yeadon’s fire chief added, “Before climbing the ladder, arrange for a helper--someone who can safety steady the foot of the ladder or add directions and suggestions.”

Remember to properly anchor the wiring and secure all parts the holiday decorations.  Before leaving the project, bypass any timing devices to once more see if all is working well.  “This test is one way of avoiding a return at some later date—probably at the most inconvenient time,” added Chief Jeffries.

In each of the many projects of this holiday period, safety must be followed.  This simple, reality guideline helps assure everyone will be able to enjoy the happiness of this early winter and family holiday season.



Yeadon Fire Department: Christmas Fire safety



Christmas is a special, happy time of the year.  One group of visitors that are not wanted is firefighters. The busy holiday activities many times have the possibility of dulling the lessons of home fire prevention. Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries stressed, “The dangers of fire never take a holiday.”

The collection of unwrapped gifts and the visits by friends and families may possibly mean smoking in the home.   If so, remember to either designate a smoking are away from the remnants of the holiday.  Also, large, spill proof ash trays helper duce the dangers of fire.

Chief Jeffries added, “Because there are more hours of family time, the longer times of all electrical holiday use can challenge the limits of the often used extension cords”

Yeadon’s fire chief added,“ Don’t be fooled by the size of the Christmas lights. Today’s popular Christmas lights, while small in size, can become a safety challenge in long strings of connected lights. Far too often no attention is given this often ignored danger.

The local firefighters remind residents to never second guess safety.  Immediately shut off and unplug appliances that sputter, spark or emit an unusual smell. Have them professionally repaired or replaced.

The men and woman volunteers staffing the Fire Company wish for their community to be fire-safe during this holiday time of the year.  They add the special message to remember to add water to the Christmas Tree.


Yeadon Fire Department: Pet Christmas safety


As the plans are being made for Christmas, members of the Yeadon Fire Company remind residents there is one member of many families that may be at risk. Chief Craig Jeffries stressed, “Many of the favorite items of the holiday, while attractive to humans, can be deathly dangerous to the family’s dog or cat.”

The Poinsettia often thought of as the Christmas plant, is one of these holiday dangers. With its many colored leaves, this plant contains a sap that will irritate an animal’s mouth and their throat. While not always a fatally poisonous plant, any pesticides may also become the culprit. Serious reactions to the toxicity of the Poinsettia can include seizures or a coma by the pet.

The local volunteers add that Holly and Mistletoe, two additional holiday plant favorites, are also dangerous. Their poisonous dangers exceed the Poinsettia. The leaves and berries of these plants are very toxic and even the ingestion of a small amount can cause vomiting, large amounts of drooling, and abdominal pain. Problems from eating the leaves or the berries may include breathing problems, hallucinations, and seizures

The family’s real Christmas tree can become a health threat to the family pets. Chief Jeffries explained, “The natural oils can cause irritations to the mouth and stomach and sharp needles can puncture the pets internal organs. Any sprays, fertilizers, or bacteria, along with mold that have gotten into the fire-preventing water can be dangerous when a pet drinks this fluid. “

The Yeadon firefighters have added two additional holiday plants to the danger list for pets. The flowering Christmas Cactus and the attractive Amaryllis, whose bulb is far more dangerous than the stalk and its flowers, are plants that must be kept from pets.

By adding precautions, pets and the seasonal flowers and plants and the family pets can all be important holiday parts of the holiday. Chief Jeffries strongly reminded residents that chocolate can be a fatal or near fatal ingredient during the holiday time.

Pets are important family members. The Yeadon firefighters ask their community to please protect the family pets and assure a safe and happy family for the entire family.



                                                Yeadon Fire Department: CARBON Monoxide Monitor saves lives


Yeadon fire fighters received an 8:30 p.m. dispatch on Thursday, November 12 informing the local volunteers of a Carbon Monoxide alarm dispatch for a home in the 1000block of Serrill Avenue  .  Following the pre -established response patterns, Yeadon Fire Company crews responded with a pumper, the aerial ladder and the EMS responders.  A call of this nature also spawned the response of a ladder and water source from neighboring Lansdowne. .

 Uponentering the twin home, the initial crew entered the residence while beginning a series of monitoring readings.  The first reading taken at the entry of the home was 30 parts-per-million (ppm).  Indescribing this and subsequent readings, Chief Craig Jeffries stated, “This reading, which included a blending of the Carbon Monoxide (CO) concentrations within the home and the outdoor air strongly suggested serious dangers would be found deeper into the home.”

 The next reading was taken as the firefighter entered the home’s dining room. The increased reading taken near the entry to the basement was 40 ppm.

 Suspecting a possible heater problem, the sampling process continued into the basement.  In this below-ground level reading, the air-sampling numbers jumped to a telltale 67 ppm—neighboring twice the danger level reading.   The fire crew was told the home’s natural gas heater had been only recently activated.  This may have been motivated by Thursday’s weather forecasts telling of dropping temperatures and increasing wind speeds.

 Investigation by the Fire Company-summoned PECO gas safety representative resulted in a RedTagging of the dwelling’s heating system. This warning process prevented thiserrant heating system from being used until professional, corrective, and safety steps are completed.

 With the shutdown of the source of the Carbon Monoxide, evacuation fans began purging the home of the silent killer that initiated the Yeadon Fire Company response.  When the Fire Company’s monitoring meter reading reached the non-danger level, the occupants were permitted to return to their home.

 Additionally, before departing the fire scene, Chief Jeffries continued the cooperative dialogue he experienced with the family in the home with the emergency.  The audience of neighbors became participantsin an “on-the-street” training about the wisdom of working CO Monitors.

 Chief Jeffries reminds local residents that any living area not protected by the installation of a CO Monitor results in their living and sleeping in a danger-potential home or apartment.  The primary installation is suggested near the sleeping levels of the residence.



                                                Yeadon Fire Department: Start now for thanksgiving safe


The Yeadon Fire Company has a long and successful history of pre planning.  With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the firefighters urge its community to copy the pre-planning practices concept.  Fatigue, inexperience, and the distractions of guests in the kitchen, along with cell phone use, and alcohol consumption all contribute to an increase in stove and oven fires on Thanksgiving. Before Thanksgiving Day locate and keep in mind the location of the kitchen fire extinguisher.

 A common fire that has extreme danger is in a pot on the top of the stove.  Mentally practice the simple use of large lid or cooking sheet way to smother a stovetop fire.  Apply the smothering lid or cookie sheet as if it had a hinge at the edge of the burning container nearest the person extinguishing the fire.

Begin the extinguishing-smothering by beginning the covering of the fire in slow pattern lower the smothering surface to cut off the air.  “Never try to carry a pot that is burning to the sink.  Let the fire smother and avoid the temptation to peek to see if the burning has stopped,” urged Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries. He added, “Be patient and be safe Looking too soon can be dangerous.  Remember, avoid the temptation to peek and see if the fire has “stopped.”

 Small spills often go unnoticed.  In time they collect both on the stove top and in the oven. Even small collection of spills can cause a fire.   Never combine mixtures of oven cleaning materials.  Read and follow the printed instructions.   Chief Jeffries added, “Between now and the busy coking day, provide sufficient cleaning of the stovetop and oven of any additional built-up grease.

 On Thanksgiving Day, keep the number of people in your kitchen to a minimum, especially children. Crowded kitchens cause confusion and this can result in burns.

 Once the cooking begins remember to turn pot handles on the stovetop toward the center of the stove. Carefully position dishtowels and oven mitts away from stovetop elements. Pay attention to which burner is turned on and don’t forget to turn it off when you are done. Use a timer as a reminder when a dish is done.

 If there is an oven fire – close the oven door and turn off heat. Once the oxygen has been depleted the fire will go out. Wait until the oven has cooled before opening the door again. This also applies to microwave ovens as well. If you are not able to extinguish the fire, evacuate everyone to your Emergency Assembly Point and call 911 from your cell phone

 Yeadon firefighters add “Being safe is not an accident.  Throughout this year’s holiday experiences, safety must be a partner."


                                                         Yeadon Fire Department: Dryer vent dangers          




It is not uncommon for busy people to forget or ignore one or more of potentials in their daily activities. In asking Yeadon residents, “When was the last time the home dryer vent was cleaned?” Fire Company Chief Craig Jeffries was touching on an often home maintenance topic

 Most drying activities begin when the last clothes item is inserted and the dryer door is closed. While the interior lint filter may be periodically cleaned, there is excess lint that moves in the exhaust path. This result in an unseen buildup of lint and debris; unless corrected, this could be a safety reminder.

 In the interest of safety the Yeadon firefighters remind their neighbors this collection of lint and debris can build up in your clothes dryer duct system and cause the dryer to exhaust at less than optimum efficiency. In addition to the possibility of a fire, the normally exhausted carbon monoxide may not all make it to the outdoors. This odorless toxic product of combustion is a known killer. 

Chief Jeffries stressed this life-threatening possibility contributes to the reason why there must be a working Carbon Monoxide Detector in the residence.   Another motivation for a properly exhausted gas-fired clothes dryer is the venting system also expels moisture outdoors.  Moisture buildup within the structure can cause damage to drywall, wallpaper, ceilings and other building materials.

 The Fire Company hopes remembering these dangers, including fire and possible fatal consequences, will prompt the cleaning of the debris and lint in the exhaust system.  Your life and happiness depend on this possibly overlooked responsibility.


                                                                   Yeadon Fire Department: All fires start small




When the microwave oven was first marketed, it introduced new, faster meal preparations, changes in cooking methods, and, in some instances, new unsuspected dangers. The Yeadon Fire Company’s response to a recent dispatch demonstrated one of the dangers – the danger that result from improper cooking.

Like many area residents, an overnight snowfall translated to a relaxed breakfast. During the preparations of a relaxed breakfast, the family microwave was elected to prepare a portion of the breakfast. Before that cooking exercise was completed, smoke and burning resulted in a lost breakfast and the arrival of visitors from the Fire Company.

Many meal preparers feel there must be either the open flame of the gas oven or the glowing heating element of an electric oven to start a fire. In reminding residents of one of the basic lessons taught school students during fire prevention programs, Yeadon Fire Chief Mike Melazzo stressed, “Three ingredients are needed to support combustion. When the proper mixture of heat, fuel, and the oxygen in the air combine and the result is fire”

Melazzo added that microwave ovens heat food differently than conventional evens. It is the radio wave energy of the microwave oven that promotes the cooking. The heating within foods can often generate temperatures that can approach that prompt burning in some foods. This appears to have been the cause of the recent snowy morning fire. “One way that high temperatures can be created is the choice of a microwave cooking time greater than really needed,” added Yeadon’s chief.

Special attention must also be given to the packaging of foods, as well as the containers housing leftovers. Not all food containers and packaging is appropriate for microwave cooking. Non-microwave objects can also create a fire hazard. The liners of most microwave ovens can become deformed and even burn when metallic objects are used in cooking.

The most common surprise items in the forbidden list are those with hidden metallic foil liners of packaged foods. “Speaking of liners, “volunteered Chief Melazzo, “those inside ovens can ignite or drip hot plastic onto hands placed inside a ‘just-damaged’ microwave oven. Please be careful!”

The Yeadon Fire Company urges both experienced and pressed-into-service cooks to read the suggested cooking instructions as well as pay attention to the progress of the items being cooked. These two steps go a long way in preventing both ruined food and a fire.


Yeadon Fire Department: Find a new safe place


The white ground cover that helps in cancelling or delaying schools is a welcomed sight for most children. Parents probable do not share these feelings. Members of the Yeadon Fire Company have volunteered they have their own snow-based concerns

Yeadon Fire Company Fire Prevention members explained one reason for the emergency service providers’ dislike for snow. They cited the background for this concern, “Family evacuation drills call for a safe, outdoor meeting place. We are concerned the previously chosen safety location is now under the snow. Does your family need a new safety landmark?”

There is some urgency in following the Yeadon Fire Company’s suggestion. Wait too long to make a change to a spot that is not going to be snow-covered can be a gamble. If there is a fire and there is not safety location that is weather proof, family safety is in jeopardy.

Concluding this special winter weather advice, the local firefighters advised, “Please don’t gamble with the safety of your family. Also, remember the wise life-saving standard, ‘Get out! Call out! and Stay out!’ This simple saying, along with a guaranteed easy-to-find gathering location, has proven to save lives.”


Yeadon Fire Department: Fire Officers 2011


Yeadon Fire Chief Mike Melazzo has announced the recently selected 2011 fire ground officers. This two tiered group will lead the community’s emergency service providers during the year.

Working directly with the lead officer of the Yeadon Fire Company are Deputy Chief Craig Jeffries and Assistant Chief Rob Perna. This trio of leaders has an impressive tenure of leadership experiences.

Each of the members of this upper echelon has an impressive collection of officer roles as well as having previously served in their current offices. These three leaders have selected the remaining line officers from a collection of qualified and talented candidates. Each of the selected officers and the others have been chosen for their experience and previous leadership roles.

Next in the line of command responsibilities is Lyle Kunkle. As the Company Captain, Kunkle will oversee multiple staff and fire ground responsibilities. As fourth in the line of command, the Company Captain also is a liaison between the remainder of the line officers and the chiefs of the organization.

Heading the second tier of the Yeadon Fire Company’s officer corps is Captain Bruce Sloan. He has been an active firefighter and officer for many years. He will be joined by a collection trained officers in the daily command structure. These fire ground officers are Lieutenants John Mc Gowan, Terrance Stirling, Luigi Lazzaro, and Mark Hudson.

Managing the fleet of multiple purpose vehicles as well as working with a dedicated collection of trained engineers is Lieutenant Engineer Bob Lundell. The Engineering staff is responsible for the daily care of each piece of firefighting apparatus as well as arranging and overseeing the contract maintenance services for the Fire Company’s apparatus.

The Yeadon Fire Company’s Fire Police are required to work within the requirements of both the needs for the Fire Company and their support of the Yeadon Borough Police and, if required, the Pennsylvania State Police. They provide traffic control, building security and other joint, allied police support services.

The trained Fire Police are led by Captain Elijah Bey and Lieutenant Bill Neil.

Within the Yeadon Fire Company there are two general areas of responsibilities, Ladder and Engine activities. While these two activities have a collection of specific duties, they often are combined. Through cross training and other special activities, other emergencies activites are well served. This concept is most often demonstrated in Vehicular Rescue and Emergency Medical assisting duties.

Ladder Company operations within the Yeadon Fire Company incorporate search and rescue, building ventilation, and forced entry. It is this crew that helps in the location and evacuation of trapped people.

Many ladder crew activities are hidden by location, smoke, and interior duties. One important responsibility is preventing through ventilation the fire from consuming more of the building. In doing this, they help create a less hostile working area for the interior firefighters. As the interior firefighters progress into the structure, the ladder crew will use ladders to provide multiple emergency exits should there be a hasty way out of the structure.

In large fires, many different water sources may be needed. Thanks to the increased use of large diameter supply hose lines, water can be transported from different water mains blocks away. The majority of the firefighters may be away from public view doing interior firefighting.

Working with interior crews of two or more firefighters, the entire structure must be covered in the search for any hidden burning. Engine personnel also do extensive search and rescue in areas not reachable by ladder personnel. After the advanced of a fire has been stopped, the steps must be done to search for any hidden, unseen fire.

When the fire is extinguished, additional engine and ladder activities may include working with fire investigators reporting what was seen in each step in the extinguishing activities. “Remembering what was seen and experienced during every fire activity is a skill that is taught to every firefighter. This reporting helps compensate for any possible evidence consumed by the fire in possibly suspicious fires,” commented Chief Melazzo.


Yeadon Fire Department: Following the rules


With the arrival of spring last year, residents of Yeadon, as well as the balance of the region, felt it would be a long time before they would have another challenging winter. Discussing this with his officers, Yeadon Fire Chief Mike Melazzo quipped, “Thanks to the low temperatures and heavy snows of this current winter, it appears our wait for another ‘real’ winter may be over. It may be here now.”

Both area and national winter news stories have been dotted with natural gas leaks, explosions, and disastrous fires. Older utility mains and winter-fostered sub-surface ground movements are known causes of breaks in underground utility mains. The result is escaping natural gas or water.

The pressure in underground mains can easily force water to erupt like a geyser and escaping natural gas to force its way into any underground path it can find. Recently, it was this migratory escape path that spread large volumes of freely-flowing, explosive vapors through a northeastern Philadelphia neighborhood.

It was a “one-shot-in-a-million” video that awakened my unknowing viewers of the potential wrath from burning natural gas.

In this dramatic footage viewers saw the result of the escaping fumes finding a source of ignition. This initial flame soon ignited a series of fires with their explosive spread soon enveloped the neighborhood.

These events will hopefully help motivated people to do so safety planning. Keeping all appliances in good working order is the best interior prevention practice.

If an outdoor smell of escaping gas is anything more than a “subtle hint,” immediately call 911 and then go to a safe distance and direct emergency personnel to the suspect area.

Safety steps change when the aroma is strong. Whether indoors of outdoors, don’t stay in the area of the collected gas. If outdoors, don’t drive; the vehicle can be the source of the ignition.

If indoors, leave the structure and immediately hurry to a safe area. Take with you a cellular phone; if none is available, take with you the home’s cordless phone and try making the call to the Delaware County 911 Center on the home’s cordless phone.

Do not be tempted to do anything but make a prompt exit.
Do not turn on or off any electric lights or appliances
Do not open or close any windows.
Do not try to shut off the gas.

Electric light switches can produce a very small, often unseen spark. Yet this small spark could cause ignition. Leave the windows as they are. Your first thought is to get away from the danger. The same must be said about attempting to turn off the gas supply. Chief Mike Melazzo stressed, “Please let the gas and electric workers shut off activities. This is a task for trained, meter-equipped people who have experience in working in this kind of danger.”

Yeadon firefighters stress, “Once out of the house stay away and don’t even think it may be safe to return. That permission can only come from trained, utility crews”

While the majority of the regional and national media are showing outdoor gas and water problems, this does not mean residents can stop their personal prevention practices. They are important and should never be stopped.

If there is an actual awareness or even a hint of any utility problems make that emergency call at once. Chief Melazzo explained, “Time matters. Lacking the immediate availability of the appropriate telephone number, don’t hesitate to call 9 1 1. This not only prompts their call to the utility on your behalf, local emergency services are also alerted. Let time work for you, not against you.”


Yeadon Fire Department: Holly Road


In a Tuesday, January 25, 6:48 p.m. dispatch, the Yeadon Fire Company’s firefighters received what became the volunteer-staffed emergency service providers 33rd fire dispatch in the new year. The local apparatus and firefighters were initially joined by fire crews from East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, and Clifton Heights for the Rapid Intervention Team rescue group.

This early evening dispatch directed the firefighters to a building fire in the 400 block of Holly Road, Yeadon. The alert mission also added more definitive information that told there was smoke in the basement of one half of a two story, brick twin structure near Penn Street

Upon entering the corner home, the firefighters smelled the unmistakable odor of a heater. Nearing the basement door, they continued their careful meter-analysis of the air quality in the basement.

Completing a unsuccessful search for a source of the odor, and finding a fully functional heater, the search was refocused to the other half of the twin residential structure. As the firefighters approached the neighboring house, they were met by a seemingly suspicious neighbor. Dialogue reversed the initial reluctance to admit the firefighter to check her home.

As the mask-protected firefighters entered that dwelling’s basement and approached the home’s heater, they quickly saw on their Carbon Monoxide meter a reading of 122 parts per million. They immediately knew the potentially killer source of this colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas was located.

Following the completion of this life-saving call, Chief Mike Melazzo added, “The basement readings were well above the upper-limit of safe ‘CO,’ reading of 32 parts per million.”

The occupants of the residence having the unsafe heater were not aware of the dangerous conditions that were in their living area. These dangers prompted Chief Melazzo to summon PECO Energy gas and electric crews.

The utility workers analyzed the extent of these dangers. The result was a declaration that established that his home was currently no longer qualified for safe living conditions.

Upon learning of these findings Chief Melazzo notified the Delaware County Dispatch Center of the unlivable conditions and asked that the American Red Cross be alerted. Because of the dangerously cold temperatures, the displaced three adults and six children were taken to the Yeadon Borough Hall, where they met with Red Cross representatives.

Following this call, Chief Mike Melazzo stressed, “This call provided a ‘wake-up’ for one Yeadon family. It is the hopes of the Yeadon Fire Company that other families will use this evening’s dangerous events to do something about the professional inspection of their home’s heating systems. Carbon Monoxide kills.”



Children and firefighters have a strong bond.   This youthful group within the population has traditionally been a strong focus for the safety training undertaken by the Yeadon Fire Company. There is one area of safety where children along cannot be the target of this volunteer group’s special safety messages. Mike DiIenno, the Fire Company’s Emergency Medical Advisor explains, “Poison safety requires the special attention of the adults within the influence group of all children.”


As adults can easily relate, children in the age group of one to six years are natural explorers and mimics.  Statistics show many of the poison problems in this age category occur when children are exploring. This exploration comes from a child’s spilling, shaking, smelling, tasting and wiping of their hands on their skin or clothing.   These are the ways poisons come in contact with a child.


In explaining this danger, Deputy Chief DiIenno adds, “This group of children has the highest fatality rate because of ingestion and the inability of newly developing organs to cope with a massive toxic exposure.  To combat this problem, adults must be extra careful in the storage and availability of poisonous substances.”


The Yeadon firefighters join with national safety experts as they provide a primer of precautionary suggestions.  Proper recognition and storage, and never associating any medicine or other potentially poisonous substance as a food item, candy, or a parallel with other favorites of children are the first steps in avoiding exploration and possible sickness or death in this age group.


The second age group of children, ages five to 10, becomes another type of challenge.  The Yeadon Fire Company’s DiIenno reminds adults this age group is one that wants to become helpers. This new childish help occurs in the house, the garage, or in the yard.


Most accidental poisonings occur when children in this age group try to clean with the household products they see adults using. The increasing physical maturity may help in slowing, but not preventing the body’s responses to poison.  This does not translate to any avoidance in calling for help. 


Figures show that many poison cases in this age group have a slow “call for help” response because of social implication. Neither the child nor their adult family members want to make the necessary call to 9 1 1 because of embarrassment. .  Seconds count in all poison problems regardless of the age.  “Make the call to 9 1 1 as soon as there is an awareness of a possible or known poison problem,” stresses the Fire Company’s Medical Advisor.


In concluding this primer of child-poison safety,. DiIenno adds, “Poisonous reactions can and must be prevented.  Remember that not all poison dangers come from ingestion.  Please practice special precautionary steps in these age groups.  Remember, poisoning can also result from inhalation and skin contact. With children, poison prevent is a steady and ongoing responsibility.  Never hesitate in getting professional help.  Always call 9 1 1 IMMEDIATELY.”


Thanks to the computer and the successful use of Search Engines, there can be found multiple identities for a theme for each month. A long-standing theme for month of March has a special meaning for members of the Yeadon Fire Company.  The on-going theme embraced for this month deals with Poisons. 


While these volunteers point to the need to practice poison awareness every month, this year’s Poison Awareness month theme has a special meaning for one of the trained members. This topic applies to all age groups; with one special identity -- infants and children -- there is always a special emphasis.  This group demand special attention.


One question that can be a wake up effort is the following: What do the garage, a woman’s handbag, a bed stand, the kitchen sink area, the social area of the home, the garage, a man toiletry bag, multiple areas within the basement and other rooms have in common?


The answer to this partial list of locations is that each of them may house something that can be a poison to an infant, a child, an adult, the elderly, and family pets.


Many of the everyday items found at home, at work, or at play can become a poison. Some become dangerous in even small quantities. Others become dangerous if over used. Yeadon Fire Company Deputy Chief Mike DiIenno, the group’s Medical Advisor added, “A few become dangerous when used in combination with other seemingly innocent items.”  Yeadon Mike DiIenno stressed, “Avoid comparing any medicine to a candy or a treasured edible or drinkable treat.  This can promote unguided consumption of false candy items.”


Following the important steps of prevention, the second important ingredient in reversing the effects of poisons is the immediate call to 9 1 1.  This must be the first step.  The timely aid by trained professionals continues to be the best reversal activity.


Not all ingested poisons foster the once-universal step of promoting vomiting.  Eroding chemicals and those that can accelerate problems such as petroleum products must not become candidates for vomiting. These special poisoning characteristics are just a small contribution behind the necessity for an immediate call to 9 1 1.  


When in doubt, never second-guess. Always call for the help of professionals. “Never try to driving a suspected poisoning victim to a hospital.  Victims of poisons need full and proper attention by trained personnel,” added Yeadon’s Emergency Medical Advisor.


Several members of the Yeadon Fire Company have been contacted by area residents asking why the local Fire Company is using an unknown firm to do their fundraising this year. The bold truth is this telephone solicitation firm in no way represents the Yeadon Fire Company.


The receipt of calls of this nature is extremely upsetting to one group of call recipients --- members of the Yeadon Fire Company.


Any solicitation without merit is a deep concern.  Calls being made at this time are doubly concerning.  In a short time, the Yeadon Fire Company will be beginning their legitimate, annual appeal for funding for their Emergency Medical Services.   Autumn is the time when the firefighting arm of this 100—plus year community protection service holds its funding appeal.


Thanks to the Internet, a quick search for some background information about this unauthorized telephone solicitation firm yields a collection of disturbing information. The calling group has been identified as the Firefighters Charitable Foundation.  When this New York state-based organization is compared to a national collection of fundraising groups for fire service fundraising this group’s standing begins to paint an alarming image.  Each of four comparison organizations sampled from across the nation held the high merit of four stars.  The group making calls into this area earned NO Stars.


Contributing to this failing evaluation is a sample fiscal report. Their record of distribution to organizations they are reporting to support is non-existent.  In the reported figures for Fiscal year 2007 this group reported revenue of $4,176,929.  Their reported expenses for this same period were $4,290,402


A further analysis points to why there was no distribution to outside groups.  The expenses of $4,290,402 that overshadowed their revenue came from the following categories: Program Expenses, $475,221; Administrative Expenses, $245,647; and Fundraising Expenses, $3,569,534


The local firefighters openly request that no resident, business, or other community group or organization direct funds to this high-overhead, non-representative group. The available information they have documented demonstrates they have no interest in any one other than themselves.


In commenting upon this funding hoax, President Mike Himes stated, "On a positive note, please remember to answer the soon-to-be-mailed funding request that is legitimate source of funding for the Yeadon Fire Company."


One of the winter events is to play indoors.  This form of recreation often includes a group of neighborhood or classroom friends. When there are young guests, food often becomes a part of the fun.   The Yeadon Fire Company’s Emergency Medical Advisor Mike DiIenno reminds parents and grandparents that the American Egg Board’s marketing slogan about the incredible, edible egg is not true for all children.


Not all children can tolerate eggs. One of the periodic reminders about egg allergies deals with some, but not all vaccines.  To the unknowing, vaccines can be developed from an egg host. If so, these vaccines are a threat to anyone allergic to eggs and egg products. 


Yeadon Fire Company’s DiIenno volunteered, “More common than the topic of eggs and vaccine concerns is the topic of food. The content of home prepared, made from specific ingredients meals is controllable. This is not true of packaged meals. Without the reading of a container’s label, knowledge of egg-based ingredients can be a challenge.”


Eating meals that are not home-cooked becomes an important concern for parents of children having an egg allergy.  “Please don’t hesitate to share with the parents of your child or children’s friends if there is any food allergy.  They will understand your concerns, as well as the needs of special food choices for guests,” added Deputy Chief DiIenno as she discussed precautions to take when children visit their friends.


Recognizing the signs of reactions to an egg allergy is important.  They include a possible skin reaction of a rash or a reaction similar to the bumps of hives or some other onset rash.  An egg allergy can also result in stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Another indicator of an egg allergy involves the respiratory tract. Those symptoms can range from sneezing and a runny nose. A severe reaction of this nature is asthma with coughing and wheezing.


In concluding this egg allergy warning, the Yeadon Fire Company’s Emergency Medical Advisor advised, “Any family member or guest that demonstrates these symptoms must be monitored.  If there is even a hint of a breathing problem, immediate medical help is a must. “


In describing the needs for medical treatment, Deputy Chief DiIenno cited that driving anyone with an allergy response should never be a family responsibility. He stressed, “Call 9 1 1 and never try to transport in a personal vehicle.  Training, procedures, and medical assistance can only be home-initiated with professionally trained EMS personnel. This benefit does not exist in family transport. “