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    HEAT WARNING for your pets

    With record heat in the forecast, we are posting information this week to help you understand the risks and the potential for serious injury, even death caused by these high temperatures.

    TODAY'S HEAT MESSAGE - PETS 
    People love their pets, as much as children but some will not hesitate to leave their pet in the car while they shop or in the back of a pickup truck. Both of these are dangerous and mots of the time fatal when the temps get above 95 degrees. If you are wearing lighter clothes because it is hot, think about your pet, it cannot shed it's coat, or get water anytime it wants like you can, so consider leaving your pet at home for the routine trip to the store. It may save you a visit to the Vet! The link below, cool your dog has great information to keep your pets safe during this hot and dry weather.

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    LEAVING YOUR PET IN THE CAR IS LIKE COOKING THEM IN AN OVEN

    My Dog Is Cool Safety

     

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    What should you do in an earthquake ?

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    Washington is earthquake country. When the ground starts to shake, "Drop, Cover and Hold."

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    • When you feel an earthquake, DROP and COVER under a desk or sturdy table. Stay away from windows and objects like bookcases that could fall. HOLD on to the desk or table. If it moves, move with it. Do not run—stay where you are. “Drop, Cover and Hold.”

    Be prepared for an earthquake

    • Anchor appliances and tall heavy furniture that might fall. Put latches on cabinet doors to keep contents from spilling out.
    • Find out how you can improve your home to protect it against earthquake damage.
    • Establish an “out-of-area” contact and keep the phone numbers handy. This is the person family members will call if you are separated.
    • Have a place at home where emergency supplies are kept and tell others where it is.

    During an earthquake

       If you are indoors:

    • Stay inside. Move under a desk or sturdy table and hold on to it. If it moves, move with it. Stay away from windows, bookcases, refrigerators, heavy mirrors, hanging plants and other objects that could fall. Do not go outside until the shaking stops.
    • If you are in a crowded store or public place, do not rush for an exit. Move away from display shelves holding objects that could fall on you, and “drop, cover and hold.”
    • If you are in a theater or stadium, stay in your seat, protect your head with your arms or get under the seat. Do not leave until the shaking stops.

       If you are outdoors:

    • If you are outdoors, move to a clear area away from trees, signs, buildings, or downed electrical wires and poles.

       If you are in a downtown area

    • If you are on a sidewalk near a tall building, get into a building's doorway or lobby to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass and other debris.

       If you are driving:

    • If you are driving, slowly pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops.

       If you are in a wheelchair

    • If you are in a wheelchair, stay in it. Move to safe cover if possible, lock your wheels and protect your head with your arms.

    After the earthquake:

    • Be careful entering buildings. Stay away from downed power lines.
    • Check yourself and those around you for injuries.
    • Be prepared for aftershocks.
    • Use the phone only to report a life-threatening emergency.
    • Do not drive unnecessarily.
    • If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound — open a window and leave the building. Shut off the main gas valve outside.
    • Check on neighbors, particularly elderly or disabled persons
    • Try to contact your out-of-area phone contact.
    • Listen to your radio.
    • If you were evacuated, wait until you are told it is safe before returning home.

     

    For more disaster preparedness information - http://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse/Factsheets/Earthquakes

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    What do I do when I am ordered to "Shelter In Place" during a natural or man made disaster?

    There are times when an incident produces smoke or leaks or even fire that it is safer for you to stay inside your residence or office.  Sometimes you may hear authorities say please stay inside your residence, or office for your safety....... that is an example of Shelter in Place.

    If ordered to remain in your home, office or school, follow these directions to “shelter-in-place.”

    • Go inside.
    • Close all windows and doors.
    • Turn off ventilation systems (heating and air-conditioning and fireplace dampers).
    • Go into a room with the fewest doors and windows and seal the room.
    • Stay in the room until told by the authorities that it is safe to come out.

    How to shelter-in-place

    • Dampen towels and place over the cracks under doors.
    • Cut plastic sheeting to fit over the windows and vents. Secure the plastic with duct tape.
    • Tape around the door.
    • Turn on the radio.
    • Don't air out or leave your sealed shelter until you are told to do so.

    Remember

    • If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately, and carefully follow directions. Do not wander about; know where you are going and how to get there.
    • Avoiding chemical exposure should be your primary goal. Leaving your sheltered area to rescue or assist victims can be a deadly decision.
    • In a chemical emergency, there is very little an untrained volunteer can do to help victims. Stay in your sheltered area until authorities determine it is safe to come out.
    • If you were outside before taking shelter and think you may have been exposed to a chemical agent, there are several things you can do. If you are in a sealed shelter, take off at least your outer clothes, put them in a plastic bag and seal the bag. If water is available, wash or take a cool to warm (not hot) shower, using lots of soap and water. Do not put the soap in your eyes, just lots of water. If you leave the area, tell emergency responders or medical staff at your destination you may have been exposed. Tell the emergency responders about the sealed bag so that they can arrange for its safe removal after the emergency.
    • If you have symptoms of exposure, call 9-1-1 immediately and follow their instructions.

    For additional Emergency Preparedness information to protect you or your family, go to  http://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse

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    Warm Weather Safety

    As it is gets warmer outside remember to stay hydrated, use sun screen and be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke before it is too late.

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Customer Service Survey

If you’ve ever had cause to use the Yakima Fire Department’s services – whether in an emergency or under non-emergency circumstances, we’d like to hear from you.  Please click on the blue survey link below and tell us about your customer service experience. Information collected remains confidential and will be used only as a means to ensure the needs of our customers are being met.

This survey is intended for people living within the city limits of Yakima.

2014 Responses

Structure Fires: 111 EMS: 4353
Vehicle Fires: 59 Tech Rescue: 18
Other Fires: 252 HazMat: 50
Motor Vehicle Accidents:  491
All Other Calls: 2102
Responses Year To Date:  7606

Total Responses for 2013: 8,232