Soberanes Fire Update
As of August 10, the Soberanes Fire has burned 68,698 acres, with 57 homes destroyed and many more immediately threatened. The A/LSFD District has sent several of it's members out thus far to aid in controlling this deadly fire. Several of our own firefighters have been working long shifts to keep the fire at bay.
Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control has regular updates on air quality in the surrounding area, as the smoke plume has now covered a large area of the Central Coast, including Santa Cruz County. Those with heart or lung disease are strongly advised to avoid strenuous activity while the air quality is compromised, due to smoke. For more updates on air quality issues, visit www.mbuapcd.org
A number of agencies have gathered to support those affected by the Soberanes Fire, from displaced families & pets to the family of the bulldozer operator that died fighting the fire. To learn how/where you can donate time or supplies to these causes, visit the Monterey County Community Resilience Program at: https://montereyco.recovers.org/.
Preventing Child Heatstroke - What YOU Can Do
On average, 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles (and 23 have occurred in 2016, so far). Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death. If you spot a child alone in a hot car, remember—protecting children is everyone's business. In addition, a “Good Samaritan” law in California offers legal protection for those who offer assistance in an emergency.
California Health and Safety Code Section 1799.102 says: “No person who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency medical or non-medical care at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission.”
What You Can Do:
- Don't wait more than a few minutes for the driver to return.
- If the child is not responsive or is in distress, immediately:
- Call 911.
- Get the child out of the car.
- Spray the child with cool water (not in an ice bath).
- If the child is responsive:
- Stay with the child until help arrives.
- Have someone else search for the driver or ask the facility to page them.
Know the Warning Signs of Heatstroke:
- Red, hot and moist or dry skin
- No sweating
- Strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse
- Confusion or strange behavior
Sources: www.safecar.gov, www.noheatstroke.org, www.kidsandcars.org
Save the Date – Open House 2016
The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District will be holding our ever-popular Open House event on Sunday, October 16th, from 11 AM – 3 PM. Details will be posted in the following 2 months, as they become available. Don’t miss this free and fun family-oriented safety event!
Fall CERT Classes
Is your neighborhood prepared in the event of the next major disaster? The District will be hosting free CERT (Community Emergency Response team) training from Sept. 20, 2016 through Oct. 25, 2016, See our CERT page for details on registering for these courses.