• Summer Safety Starts With Supervision

    Lake rescueRecently Rural/Metro Fire Department in San Tan Valley has seen a rash of near drowning calls. These potentially tragic and highly emotional calls for service impact the entire community and can all be prevented with adult supervision. Historically speaking San Tan Valley has had higher than normal incidents of child drownings. In virtually every case, a child was left unattended and was able to slip into a pool, or other body of water. At Rural/Metro we believe a “layered” approach to water safety is the best way to stay safe around water. This approach includes the use of physical barriers like locks and fences as well as pool covers and alarms. Rural/Metro also encourages everyone to learn life saving Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR, and start children swim lessons at an early age. Adults should never let children swim alone and never allow children to monitor children in the pool. Always designate a sober, adult to keep an eye on the kids in the pool. There have been fatal drowning calls in San Tan Valley where adults have been in and around the pool, just unaware that a child had slipped under the surface. [Read More…]

  • Hot, New Fireworks for 2015

    santanfireworks_hot-newWinda, one of “the best fireworks manufacturers” according to Jason Colt, owner of SanTanFireworks.com, has some great new products for 2015.
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  • Road Rules for Food Safety

    By Kristina Beaugh, MPH, Food Safety Education Staff, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA

    Planning for Your Summer Road Trip

    summer-road-trip-foodSchool’s out, bags are packed, and the car is fueled up. You’ve turned off the coffee pot, left a key for the cat sitter, and taken out the trash. Time to hit the road for a family vacation! But are you forgetting anything? Like many families, you are probably taking along food to save money and time on the road. But make sure this food is stored properly. Otherwise, your family vacation could be ruined by an unwanted case of food poisoning. Use these guidelines to be sure you and your family are food safe for the next road trip. [Read More…]

  • Summer Road Trip Tips

    By Geoff Spencer

    Summer is the time of year people pack their bags, load up the family, and find somewhere to beat the heat! Awareness of your vehicles condition is very important and can be the difference between a fun vacation and no vacation. To ensure a safe and hassle free trip, your automobile should be well maintained, thoroughly inspected, and monitored throughout your trip. After these steps have been made you will have the peace of mind and confidence that your transportation will reliably deliver you and your occupants to your summer destination.
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  • Fireworks Safety

    Every year we hear the stories of people being injured while handling fireworks during the 4th of July.

    Please remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. How? By working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community.
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  • Keep Your Eyebrows – Grill Safety Tips

    Grilling_John-LiuAs barbecue season begins, I want to remind everyone how important it is for the entire family to be savvy about outdoor cooking. All grills, gas and charcoal, can be extremely dangerous if not cared for and used properly. [Read More…]