The Gloucester Township Police Department and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) want you to know that every year, hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people for injuries, such as falls, cuts and shocks, related to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees.
In addition, warns CPSC, candles start about 11,600 each year, resulting in 150 deaths, 1,200 injuries and $173 million in property loss. Christmas trees are involved in about 300 fires annually, resulting in 10 deaths, 30 injuries and an average of more than $10 million in property loss and damage.
CPSC tips to make your holiday a safe one:
· When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” Although this label does not mean the tree won’t catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
· When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and do not break when bent between your fingers. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
· When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.
· Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, which indicates conformance with safety standards. Use only lights that have fused plugs.
· Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets. Always replace burned-out bulbs promptly with the same wattage bulbs.
· Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord. Make sure the extension cord is rated for the intended use.
· Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
· Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.
· Stay away from power or feeder lines leading from utility poles into older homes.
· Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from wind damage. Use only insulated staples to hold strings in place, not nails or tacks. Or, run strings of lights through hooks (available at hardware stores).
· Turn off all holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
· Use caution when removing outdoor holiday lights. Never pull or tug on lights – they could unravel and inadvertently wrap around power lines.
· Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Portable outdoor GFCIs can be purchased where electrical supplies are sold. GFCIs can be installed permanently to household circuits by a qualified electrician.
· Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous if ingested by children.
· Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked down.
· In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to avoid the child swallowing or inhaling small pieces, and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to eat them.
· Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.”
· Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.
Information provided by: http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/weekly/blholidaysafety.htm
On 12-9-2013 at approximately 9:31 PM, the GTPD responded to a reported fight in the parking lot of the Target on Cross Keys Road. Officers arrived on location and detained numerous males. Further investigation into the dispute by patrol officers and Investigations Bureau detectives revealed that Demetrius Pearson, Solomon Potter and two juvenile males made arrangements to meet Trevor Tierno to purchase a marijuana at the Wye Oak Park located on Annapolis Drive. These males had planned to rob Trevor Tierno of the marijuana that he was bringing to sell. During the robbery, one of the juvenile suspects exited a vehicle and held an imitation firearm towards Trevor Tierno demanding him to turn over the marijuana at which time he refused. The juvenile suspect then proceeded to assault Trevor Tierno by punching him numerous times in the face when he dropped the marijuana. The perpetrators then fled the area and returned to one of their homes where they hid the firearm and the stolen marijuana. These males then encountered each other later at the Target when the police were called to the scene resulting in the subsequent arrests.
All adults were charged and remanded to the Camden County Jail in default of bail. Both juveniles were charged and referred to Camden County Family court.
Trevor Tierno, age 19, of the first block of Snowberry Ct., Sicklerville, NJ was charged with Possession of CDS and Distribution of CDS.
Demetrius Pearson, age 18, of the first block of Dickenson Dr., Sicklerville, NJ was charged with Robbery, Conspiracy and Possession of CDS.
Solomon Potter, age 18, of the first block of Hampshire Rd., Sicklerville, NJ was charged with Robbery, Conspiracy and Possession of a firearm.
Two 17 year old juvenile males from Gloucester Township were charged with Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of an Imitation Firearm and Possession of CDS.
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…
* LOCATIONS… THE COUNTIES ADJACENT TO THE I-95 CORRIDOR IN NORTHEAST MARYLAND… SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA AND SOUTHWEST NEW JERSEY.
* HAZARD TYPES… HEAVY SNOWFALL.
* ACCUMULATIONS… SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 6 INCHES.
* TIMING… BEGINNING BY DAWN AND LASTING INTO THE AFTERNOON. THE SNOW WILL TAPER BY DUSK.
* IMPACTS… MODERATE TO SEVERE TRAVEL IMPACTS DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE. ICY ROADS AFTER THE SNOW… SINCE TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW FREEZING LATE TUESDAY… AND LAST FOR A FEW DAYS.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW… SLEET… AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
Tips for driving in the snow:
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
- Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
- The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
- Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
- Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
- Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
- Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
- Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.
For more details visit: http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/