- Press Release - 05/24/2016
The Board of Commissioners of Central Fire Protection District No. 4 (“the District “) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
at the District Headquarters located at 11646 Sullivan Road, Central, Louisiana 70818 to consider levying additional or increased millage rates without further
voter approval or adopting the adjusted millage rates after reassessment and rolling forward to rates not to exceed the prior year’s maximum.
The estimated amount of tax revenues to be collected in the next tax year from the increased millage rates and the amount of increase in taxes attributable to the millage increase are as follows for each millage:
Millage Next Tax Year Revenues From Increased Millage Amount of Increase in Taxes Attributable to Millage Increase 10.00 mills $1,539,949 $113,224 5.00 mills $769,744 $56,382 4.25 mills $654,282 $47,924
Issued: May 24, 2016
- Calls Responded - 05/23/2016
Number of calls Central Fire has responded to for the year 2016 is at 1098. Click here for more info and graphs
- Graco Turbo Booster Recall - 05/16/2016
Models Affected: Approximately 20,500 Graco TurboBooster seats manufactured between Dec. 22, 2015, and April 5, 2016. Only the following model numbers are affected: 1967886, 1963973, 1963974, 1963975, 1963976 and 1975173. Both high-back and backless models are included in the recall. You can find your booster’s model number and manufacture date on a white label located on the bottom of the car seat.
The Problem: The owner’s manual is missing instructions that directs caregivers to securely belt the booster at all times, including when the seat is empty. The seat could become a projectile in the event of an accident, injuring vehicle occupants.
The Fix: Graco will notify registered owners and provide the missing printed instructions for free.
“While waiting for the updated owner’s manual, caregivers can continue to use their TurboBooster car seats without hesitation and should secure the booster seat to the vehicle seat when it’s not in use,” Graco said in a statement.
What Owners Should Do: Owner notification will begin June 10. Owners can call Graco at 800-345-4109 or go to the website for more info.
Read more at https://www.cars.com/articles/recall-alert-graco-turbobooster-1420684597310/#KjVTo0qMHxi6ZSw0.99
If You Have An EMERGENCY DIAL 911
They make a difference!
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Captain Derek Glover. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
Your life and property are worth more than the time and cost of smoke detector maintenance. We urge all homeowners to keep and maintain smoke detectors! Smoke alarms have to have batteries to work. Change the batteries every six months and perform a monthly alarm check .
“It seems hover boards are the hottest holiday gifts on the planet this year. But a number of media outlets reported fire incidents are cause for caution to avoid Christmas wishes going up in smoke,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. Part toy, part transportation, the self-balancing scooters first seen in the movie Back to the Future, can pose a fire risk.
NFPA offers the following tips to keep the holidays fire-safe. There is also a customizable safety tip sheet.
If you purchase a hover board:
- Choose a device with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.
- Read and follow all manufacturer directions. If you do not understand the directions, ask for help.
- An adult should be responsible for charging the hover board.
- Do not leave a charging hover board unattended.
- Never leave the hover board plugged in overnight.
- Only use the charging cord that came with the hover board.
- Stop using your hover board if it overheats.
- Extreme hot or cold temperature can hurt the battery.
- Be on the lookout for product updates from manufacturers and safety groups.
- Many airlines have banned hover boards. If you plan to fly with a hover board, be sure to check with your air carrier.
- When riding in a car, keep the hover board where you can see it in case it shows signs of a problem.
Signs of a Problem:
Some hover board fires have involved the Lithium-Ion battery or charger. Signs you may have a problem:
- Leaking fluids
- Excessive heat
If you notice any of these signs, stop using the device right away. Call 9-1-1. If safe to do so, move the hover board outside away from anything that can burn.
If you have had a fire or injury event involving a hover board, contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Make sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm.
Fire Safety for Older Adults
We tend to think that fire safety is just something we need to teach to kids, that is extremely important, but also we need to reach out to older adults. People are living longer and people age 85 and older die in fires at a rate 4.4 times higher than the rest of the population. Call us if you would like set up an escape plan. Below are some precautionary steps to help older adults:
Don’t leave smoking materials unattended and never smoke in bed.
Never leave cooking unattended, use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Place smoke alarms on every level of your home.
Know at least two exits from every room
Check that all doors and windows that lead outside have a clear path to get to them and that they open easily.
Let a close neighbor or relative know if you have special needs that may be important information for the fire department to know.
Special fire safety devices are available for people with special needs, such as: smoke alarms with flashing light or some that connect to a strobe light outside of house to let other see.
Daily, the Central Fire Department responds to emergency situations when the public calls for help. Last Saturday, however, the tables were turned and the Central Fire Department had to ask for assistance. The assistance needed was in the form of a 4.25 tax millage. As in the past, citizens in the Central Fire Protection District rose to the occasion and overwhelmingly passed the millage. The revenue generated by this tax will increase personnel to respond to your emergencies and will provide for a safer work environment for firefighters.
To members of the fire department, passage of this millage was most gratifying. The public sent a clear message that they trust us, and that they support what we do. In today’s political climate, for a government agency to receive a vote of confidence such as this is rare and most humbling. In return, we have a clear message to the citizens of the Central Fire District, we appreciate your support and we shall spend your tax dollars wisely, professionally and ethically. The service we provide to you comes from the heart. We are here for you and we deeply appreciate you supporting us. Thank you.
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