Sunday, January 23, 2000

Safety programs, classes offered




BY WALT SCHAEFER
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFAX — The Fairfax/Madison Place Fire Rescue Department will launch a “Vial of Life” program this year as well as a number of other safety programs.

        "'Our newest program is the "Vial of Life' ... — a small plastic vial that you place in your refrigerator,” said Fire Capt. Steve Marks.

        The vial should contain a form — filled out by residents — that includes medical histories, current medications, allergies, and emergency contact numbers for family members.

        “The information will help paramedics assess and properly treat victims quickly and would be extremely helpful if a person is unconscious or otherwise incapacitated,” Capt. Marks said.

        The department serves the Village of Fairfax and the Madison Place area of Colum bia Township.

        The department also offers:

        • Child Safety Seat education: Fire department members will train residents in the placement and use of child safety seats in vehicles. Studies show more than 90 percent of child car seats are improperly used or positioned.

        • Smoke Detectors: Special smoke detectors are available for the hearing impaired at no charge. Also available are regular smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers. Training in use of fire extinguishers is offered.

        • Bicycle helmets: Helmets are available in all sizes for $15 each. .

        • Educational programs: Classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), classes in baby sitting as well as home fire safety inspections are available.

        For information call: 271-3636.

       



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