National Fire Prevention Week 2018 kicked off Sunday, Oct. 7 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 13.
According to the National Fire Protection Association website, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week 1922. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in the United States.
During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers across the nation—and right here in Front Royal and Warren County–learn how to stay safe in the event of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said in a Friday interview that the 2018 theme is Look, Listen and Learn.
He says there can be fire hazards in the home, and encourages everyone to take a few minutes to check for proper clearance around heating devices, such as space heaters; to clean, inspect and service fireplaces, furnaces, etc.; and of utmost importance, is checking and cleaning each smoke alarm in the home.
If the device needs batteries, replace them, which should be done when the time changes from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time. For detectors that are wired into the electrical systems of the home, ensure that they are no older than 10 years, and test them to ensure that they are working properly. Maiatico also said inspecting fire extinguishers for an expiration is also important. Over time, if not used, the contents may become nonviable.
The fire marshal said it is vitally important to discuss the sound of smoke alarms with the entire family during a family meeting. Use the test button on your alarms to ensure that everyone knows what the alarm sounds like when it detects smoke or carbon monoxide, make a plan for two ways out of the home in the event of a fire, and plan exit drills.|
The learning part of Look, Listen and Learn involves practicing the plan devised in your family meeting to get out of the house in the event of a fire. Designate a meeting spot in which the family will meet outside the home. Once the family has practiced the first pathway from the home and is comfortable with the plan, practice the second way out of the home and continue to practice monthly fire drills so that it becomes a familiar routine for everyone.
Maiatico said that as they have in the past, firefighters will again visit public and private schools and daycares, providing in-class visits, educational materials and explaining the importance of fire safety, and the Look, Learn and Listen message.
Something new the Warren County Fire and Rescue Department will try this year is setting up kiosks and information tables at local businesses in the community. The fire marshal said this would allow consumers to interact with fire and rescue staff as they are out running errands, and could potentially bring the fire safety message to more people than they would see by holding a traditional one-day event at a local fire department. There will also be fire safety messages posted across social media platforms, Maiatico said.
He stressed the need for getting the fire safety message out to the public, noting that there had been six significant fires in the last month in Warren County, with four fire-related injuries. While the total number of fires has dropped over last year, fire-related injuries have spiked, according to WCFR statistics.
One of the best ways to ensure surviving a structure fire is to have a working smoke detector. Once again, for National Fire Prevention Week, the WCFR department is offering smoke alarm assistance to Warren County and Front Royal residents.
For those who cannot afford smoke detectors, the department will assess need, and then install the detectors in the resident’s home. Moreover, if there are residents who may need a hand either checking an existing detector or installing one they have purchased, volunteers will help with that, too.
Maiatico says that firefighters are happy to assist anyone who might need help with installing an alarm. “Our goal”, he said, “is to keep everyone safe and in their comfort zone. Some folks may have the means to purchase a smoke detector, but have no one to install it for them, so we like to help them out with that. Safety of our citizens and fire prevention are our goals!”
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
The MORE Program presents a video in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Wednesdays, the MORE Program students work on their video and photography skills. Some students have shown natural talent in the director position, some as a manager organizing behind the scenes. There are students who love to ask interview questions and prompt thoughts, and others who love to be on camera.
This week our project was to organize and present a video on Martin Luther King, Jr. Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy this 6 minute presentation on MLK. The students organized, directed, and filmed it all!
Some famous MLK quotes the students included:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
The MORE Program provides afternoon care to middle school students in Warren County. We provide healthy snacks, reinforce skills required for academic success, and provide hands-on enrichment activities that teach important lessons about future employment, health, and wellness. We provide all of this at no cost to parents, thanks to state and federal grants, the Warren Coalition, and Warren County Public Schools.
Jennifer Avery, Jenspiration LLC
540-683-0790 | www.jenspirations.com
1. Behind the scenes as the MORE Program students gather to film the next portion of their MLK video.
2. Jennifer Avery, Jenspiration LLC helps students edit video footage on Movie Maker to prepare for the final product.
Skyline High School’s Environmental Science, Ecology, and Green Team is taking on another Action Project
We are learning to be compassionate, global-minded, Earth stewards in Environmental Science, Ecology, and Green Team at Skyline High School. That means, taking what we learn about in class and using it to better the world. One of our Action Projects is to help clean up our waterways… from narrow streams that flow into the Shenandoah River, to the Potomac River, to the Chesapeake Bay, and on into the Atlantic Ocean. We have been horrified to see pictures of aquatic organisms suffering and dying after consuming and becoming entangled in plastics. How sad it is to learn that soon our oceans will have more plastic particles in them than fish!
Please help us change this! We want to raise awareness in a meaningful and ethical way through a “Buy One, Give One” fundraiser. We are selling cotton, organic, fair trade, reusable grocery bags along with an autographed copy of one of Ellie Jackson’s storybooks, “Duffy’s Lucky Escape!,” “Nelson’s Dangerous Dive,” or “Marli’s Tangled Tale.” Each story is based on the true story of a sea animal who has suffered because of human waste. Our goal is to not only bring awareness through the selling of the products, but also to educate our Warren County Kindergartners (almost 400) by “giving” one bag/book combo to each of them at an educational assembly that SHS students will present. We want to educate the children about the benefits to people and the Earth of using “organic,” “fair trade,” and “reusable” products. We hope the gifts and education will help motivate them and their families to carry it forward.
“Buy One, Give One”
Pick 1 Bag & Pick 1 Book = $35.00
CLICK HERE to download and fill out the order form. Drop off or mail the form to Kara Lewallen at Skyline High School. You can also contact Kara with any questions you may have by emailing email@example.com or calling (540) 631-0366.
If you do not feel you can buy a bag and book, there are other ways to help…
- Reduce your plastic use.
- Recycle the recyclable plastics.
- Vote at the grocery store by choosing biodegradable packaging when possible.
- Educate others for the good of our Earth.
A tremendous THANK YOU to Rappahannock Electric Cooperative ($500), Walmart ($1,000), Gallant International, and Ellie Jackson for helping us make a positive difference!
With love for Earth and Organisms,
SHS Environmental Science, Ecology, & Green Team
Iwo Jima, the iconic battle and legacy
On Wednesday, January 16th at 2:15 pm, Randolph-Macon Academy hosted a free presentation entitled, “Iwo Jima, the iconic battle and legacy,” presented by Shayne Jarosz.
In addition to serving as the Director of Special Events for the Iwo Jima Association of America, Inc., Jarosz is a Marine Corps veteran and taught history for 28 years in Fairfax County. In his current position, he provides military historical tours to battlefield sites around the world, including Guadalcanal, Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, Korea and Vietnam. Jarosz’s presentation on Iwo Jima took place in Melton Memorial Gymnasium on the R-MA campus.
For more information, visit the Iwo Jima Association of America’s website.
Why is my electric bill so high?
Front Royal Town Manager Joe Waltz spoke today (January 17th) with Mike McCool, Publisher of the Royal Examiner about the very question.
The Department of Energy Services provides electrical services for almost 8,000 customers in the Town of Front Royal and Warren County. The Town has been providing this service for over 123 years while providing the best reliable service in the Shenandoah Valley.
The Town of Front Royal is one of sixteen municipal electric systems in Virginia and is one of over 2,000 municipal-owned systems in the United States. The Energy Resource Department is a self supported enterprise fund, with their total costs for operation derived through the electric rate structure.
The Town is also actively participating in both Federal and State legislation to maintain the safest, most reliable and economical cost available for our customers to keep rates low. They are active members in the following organizations:
Municipal Electric Power Association of Virginia (MEPAV). http://www.mepav.org/
American Municipal Power – Ohio (AMP-Ohio). http://www.amppartners.org/home
American Public Power Association (APPA). https://www.publicpower.org/
International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA). https://www.imsasafety.org/
The operation of an electrical system is a twenty-four hour, 365 day a year job. The Town of Front Royal Electric Department strives to keep your lights on and your power outages to a minimum. Even during the worst conditions be assured that your friends and neighbors at the Energy Services Department will be working hard to restore your power.
Their mission is to provide the best quality power and customer service while keeping the price low and service interruptions to a minimum. If you have suggestions or questions, please do not hesitate to contact them.
Front Royal, VA 22630
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Citizens speak out about high electric bills
On January 14, 2019, Front Royal Town Council held a public hearing to amend Front Royal Municipal Town Code Chapter 70 pertaining to Electricity to bring it up-to-date and consistent with other areas of the Town Code, as presented. Several citizen spoke to the the Council about their utility bills and why their electric bills are so high.
Pedestrian struck near Rural King in Front Royal
FRONT ROYAL – A pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon in front of Rural King Front Royal Police say.
According to a press release from the office of Chief Kahle Magalis, a call came in around 3 p.m. regarding a pedestrian struck in front of the retail store, located at 465 South Street in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center.
Responding officers found the pedestrian, Jeffrey Richardson, 40, of Reliance, lying in the parking lot. The release states that “it was determined that Richardson was struck by a 2011 Ford F-150 operated by Thomas Clark, 83, of Front Royal.”
Clark stated to officers that his foot had slipped off the brake while going over a speed bump and his foot made contact with the accelerator, which caused him to accidentally strike Richardson.
Richardson was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Winchester Medical Centers Trauma Unit for observation.
No charges have been placed against the driver at this time.