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|BIRTH OF THE VOLUNTEERS|
An ounce of prevention ... a pound of cure
On a visit to Boston, Benjamin Franklin noted that the inhabitants of his native city were far better prepared to fight fires than the natives of his adopted city, Philadelphia. Upon returning home, he consulted the Junto, a benevolent group dedicated to civic and self-improvement, and asked for their suggestions on better ways to combat fires.
Franklin also sought to raise public awareness about the city's dire need to improve fire-fighting techniques. In a Pennsylvania Gazette article of 1733 Franklin noted how fires were being fought in Philadelphia. "Soon after it [a fire] is seen and cry'd out, the Place is crowded by active Men of different Ages, Professions and Titles who, as of one Mind and Rank, apply themselves with all Vigilance and Resolution, according to their Abilities, to the hard Work of conquering the increasing fire."
Goodwill and amateur firefighters were not enough, though. Franklin suggested a "Club or Society of active Men belonging to each Fire Engine; whose Business is to attend all Fires with it whenever they happen."
For the February 4, 1735 issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette, Franklin sent an anonymous letter to his own newspaper entitled Protection of Towns from Fire. Writing as an "old citizen" he admonished:
In the first Place, as an Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure, I would advise 'em to take care how they suffer living Coals in a full Shovel, to be carried out of one Room into another, or up or down Stairs, unless in a Warmingpan shut; for Scraps of Fire may fall into Chinks and make no Appearance until Midnight; when your Stairs being in Flames, you may be forced, (as I once was) to leap out of your Windows, and hazard your Necks to avoid being oven-roasted.
He further urged that chimney sweeps should be licensed by the city and be held responsible for their work. He noted that a neighboring city (Boston), "a club or society of active men belonging to each fie engine, whose business is to attend all fires with it whenever they happen." He noted that via practice and regular meetings, the firefighters' skills improved.
Under Franklin's goading, a group of thirty men came together to form the Union Fire Company on December 7, 1736. Their equipment included "leather buckets, with strong bags and baskets (for packing and transporting goods), which were to be brought to every fire. The blaze battlers met monthly to talk about fire prevention and fire-fighting methods. Homeowners were mandated to have leather fire-fighting buckets in their houses.
Other men were desirous of joining the Union, but were urged to form their own companies so the city would be better protected.
Within a short span of time, Philadelphians witnessed the birth of the Heart-in-Hand, the Britannia, the Fellowship, as well as several other fire companies.
Thanks to the matchless leadership of Benjamin Franklin, the dire fear of fires expired in Philadelphia which became one of safest city's in the world in terms of fire damage.
Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls
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Briggs & Stratton Recalls Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mowers Due to Injury Hazard (Recall Alert)
Weld on the drive axle can fail resulting in loss of brake control, posing an injury hazard.
American Honda Recalls Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)
On 2014 Pioneer 700 vehicles, vegetation and debris can accumulate on the middle skid plate, make contact with the exhaust system and ignite.
Dimension Industries Recalls Sling Café Sets Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Costco (Recall Alert)
The recalled chairs can break due to a missing a metal washer plate under the seat, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Rejuvenation Recalls Hanging Lamps Due to Risk of Injury (Recall Alert)
The cord system can fail to support the pendant's weight, causing it to fall.
Fluid Handling Recalls Low Water Cut-Off Control Units for Hot Water or Steam Boilers Due to Fire and Explosion Hazards (Recall Alert)
The ground wire and probe wires could be incorrectly assembled in the units by the manufacturer, posing fire and explosion hazards.
PAB Two Recalls Bed Bug Heat Treatment Systems Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)
The flexible, electrical conducting strip at the top of the heating element can break at the corners after multiple setups, posing an electrical fire hazard.
KYMCO Recalls ATVs Due to Burn, Fire Hazards (Recall Alert)
The fuel cap on select models can fail to vent properly causing the fuel tank to rupture or the fuel to boil out of the tank.
Pure Baby Organics Boys Hoodie Recalled by Chantique’s Corp. Due To Strangulation Hazard
The boys hoodies have a drawstring around the neck area which poses a strangulation hazard to children.
Active Apparel Recalls Boys Fission Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts Due to Strangulation Hazard
The sweatshirts have drawstrings around the neck area which pose a strangulation hazard to children.
Franklin Fueling Systems Recalls Hardwall Fuel Curb Hose Due to Fire and Explosion Hazard
The crimp on the fuel hose can loosen causing fuel to leak.
Trimfoot Recalls Children's Soft-Soled Sneakers Due to Choking Hazard; Sold exclusively at Macy's
A small metal eyelet in the upper can detach from the inside of First Impressions high-top sneakers.
Husqvarna Recalls Craftsman Push Mowers Due to Injury Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Orchard Supply Hardware (Recall Alert)
The engine control bail/lever on 3-in-1 high-wheel mowers with Honda GCV160 engines and a 21-inch deck can fail to stop the engine and blades.
Shivvers Recalls Country Clipper Riding Lawn Mowers Due to Fire Hazard
The ignition module in 2012, 2013 and 2014 riding lawn mowers with 27-horsepower Kohler engines can fail to ground, overheat and melt.
Bad Boy Buggies Recalls Recreational Off-Road Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard
Diminished braking ability with the Ambush, Instinct and Recoil model off-road vehicles can pose a crash hazard to consumers.
Ross Stores Recalls Bistro Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
The chair's seat can fail to stay attached to the frame and the chair can collapse.
Hearth & Home Technologies Recalls Gas Fireplaces, Stoves, Inserts and Log Sets Due to Risk of Gas Leak and Fire Hazard
The gas valve in the unit can leak, posing a fire hazard.
Siemens Recalls Audible Fire Alarm Base Due to Risk of Injury
The Siemens SBGA-34 audible fire alarm base can fail to sound an alarm, posing a risk of personal injury and property damage.
IKEA Recalls Children’s Swing Due To Fall Hazard
The suspension fittings can break causing a child to fall from the swing, posing a risk of serious injury.
Arctic Cat Recalls Side by Sides Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)
Oil can leak from the cooler line on the Trail and Trail XT side by side off-road vehicles, posing a fire hazard.
Kidde Recalls Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure
The alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or CO incident after a power outage.
American Honda Recalls Gas-Powered Generators Due to Impact Hazard and Owner’s Manual Error (Recall Alert)
The rear frame support on 2014 Honda gasoline-powered 7,000-watt generators can fail during lifting. In addition, the owner’s manual has missing or duplicated pages.
Benetton Recalls United Colors of Benetton Boys Jackets; Waist Drawstring Poses Entanglement Hazard
The jackets have a drawstring at the waist that could become snagged or caught in small spaces or vehicle doors, posing an entrapment hazard.
Coleman Recalls Inflatable Rubber River Tubes Due to Skin Irritation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walmart
Contact with Sevylor one-person River Racer tubes can cause skin irritation.
Cabrinha Recalls Kiteboarding Control System Due to Risk of Injury
The spring on the control mechanism can jam, leading to a loss of control and potential injury.
Livie & Luca Recalls Children’s Shoes Due to Laceration Hazard
A metal thread inside the interior shoe liner can loosen and poke through the shoe lining.
Yamaha Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)
The snowmobile's fuel hose joint can leak during operation, posing a fire hazard.
AmTRAN Video Recalls to Repair 42-Inch JVC Flat Panel Televisions Due to Risk of Tip Over
The neck of the JVC Emerald Series flat panel television's stand can crack and cause the television to tip over unexpectedly. This poses a risk of injury to the consumer.
FGX International Recalls Children’s Sunglasses Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Surface paint on the sunglasses contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law.
Great Innovations Recalls Humidifiers Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively by QVC (Recall Alert)
Water can enter the Air Innovations model MH-407 humidifiers and cause the circuit board to short circuit and overheat. This poses a fire hazard.
iDevices Recalls Temperature Probes Due to Ingestion Hazard
The plastic insulator inside the Pro Ambient Temperature Probes and Pro Meat Probes is not heat resistant and can melt and fall into food.
Orbea Recalls Avant Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard
The bicycle fork can crack, posing a fall hazard to the rider.
Tray Vous Recalls Snack and Activity Trays for Strollers Due to Strangulation Hazard
The opening between the tray and stroller seat bottom allows an unharnessed child's body to pass through but could trap his head.
American Woodcrafters Recalls Bunk Beds Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Havertys (Recall Alert)
The Cottage Retreat II bunk bed's side mattress support rails can break.
Swimwear Anywhere Recalls Little Marc Jacobs Girls Hooded Jackets Due to Strangulation Hazard (Recall Alert)
A child can strangle if the drawstring in the jacket's hood gets caught on the playground slide, school bus door or elsewhere.
Multi-Purpose Outdoor Shelters Recalled By Sunjoy Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at BJ's Wholesale Club (Recall Alert)
The fabric canopy on the shelters fails to comply with the voluntary flammability standard.
NRS Recalls Water Sports Helmets Due to Risk of Head Injury
The rivets holding the chin strap to the helmet can fail and cause the helmet to fall off, posing a risk of head injury.
Goodman Company Recalls Air Conditioning and Heating Units Due to Burn and Fire Hazards
The power cords on the units can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.
Cree Recalls LED Light Fixtures Due to Laceration Hazard (Recall Alert)
The glass lens on the fixture can break, posing a laceration hazard.
Hewlett-Packard Recalls Notebook Computer AC Power Cords Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
The AC power cord can overheat, posing a potential fire and burn hazard.
Two Deaths Reported with Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs; Recall Announced Due to Suffocation and Choking Hazards
Kids can open the chair’s zippers, crawl inside and suffocate and choke on the foam beads.
WilliamsRDM Recalls StoveTop FireStop Microhood Due to Safety Hazard (Recall Alert)
The Microhood's front canister can fall from the unit and fail to suppress the fire.
SolarWorld Recalls Solar Systems with Copper Grounding Lugs Due to Electrocution, Electric Shock or Fire Hazard
The bare-copper grounding lugs installed with SolarWorld Solar Systems can corrode, resulting in a faulty ground circuit. This poses a risk of shock, electrocution and fire.
Attwood Recalls Kayak and Watersports Storage Hanger Due to Injury Hazard
The adjustment buckles can release unexpectedly, causing the stored item to fall and injure people nearby.
Golden Artist Colors Recalls QoR Synthetic Ox Gall due to Skin Irritation (Recall Alert)
Consumers could experience an allergic skin reaction after long periods of skin contact.
Bexco Recalls Franklin & Ben Mason 4-in-1 Convertible Cribs Due to Fall and Entrapment Hazards
The side panels on the Franklin & Ben Mason style cribs can separate and create a hazardous gap. This poses a fall hazard and risk of entrapment.
BRITA Recalls Children’s Water Bottles Due to Laceration Hazard
Children's cartoon character water bottle lid can break into sharp pieces, posing a laceration hazard.
Snowmobiles Recalled by Arctic Cat Due to Fuel Leak and Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)
Fuel can leak from the Arctic Cat XF 7000 and ZR 7000 snowmobiles' fuel line assembly, posing a fire hazard to riders.
Vornado Air Recalls Electric Space Heaters Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
The Whole Room Vortex heater, model VH110, can overheat and cause the units to melt, catch fire and ignite nearby items.
ESL, Interlogix Hard-Wired Smoke Alarms Recalled Due to Failure to Alert Consumers of a Fire
Radio frequency interference can cause the smoke detectors to fail.
JPC Equestrian Recalls Stirrup Leathers Due to Fall Hazard
The Henri De Rivel pre-stretched, 48-inch and 54-inch stirrup leathers can crack and break while in use. This poses a fall hazard to the rider.
CoScentrix Recalls Candles in Metal Tins Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Hobby Lobby
High flames from the “DD” brand CoScentrix candles can ignite the surface wax and the polymer coating on the tin-plated container. This poses a fire hazard.
Lea Industries Recalls Lighted Night Stands Due to Burn Hazard
The 20-watt halogen bulb under the night stands can overheat, scorch carpet, and poses a burn hazard.
L.L. Bean Recalls Children’s Sweaters Due to Choking Hazard (Recall Alert)
The spare button on the inside seam of the sweaters can detach, posing a choking hazard.
VIZIO Recalls to Repair 39- and 42-Inch E-Series Flat Panel Televisions Due to Risk of Tip Over
The stand assembly can fail on the VIZIO E-Series flat panel televisions and cause the television to tip over unexpectedly. This poses a risk of injury to the consumer
Samson International Recalls Bar Stool Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Costco
The footrest can crack, compromising the strength and stability of the bar stool, posing a fall hazard.
Johnson Outdoors Diving Recalls Dive Computers Due to Injury Hazard
Divers can suffer from decompression sickness when the dive computer leaks and stops working.
PetSmart Recalls Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters Due to Electrical Shock Hazard
The 50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt heaters are insufficiently grounded.
Dynacraft Recalls Avigo Youth Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Toys “R” Us
The front wheel on the 20-inch Avigo youth bicycle can detach, posing a fall hazard.
Harris Products Group Recalls Welding Torch Handles Due to Fire Hazard
The torch handles can leak oxygen or fuel.
Kawasaki Recalls Teryx4 Recreational Off-highway Vehicles Due to Injury Hazard (Recall Alert)
Sticks and other debris can break through the floor boards and into the foot rest area.
Philips Lighting Recalls Lightolier Glass Lenses Due to Laceration Hazard
The "Lightolier" brand decorative glass lens can shatter and result in falling pieces of glass. This poses a risk of laceration.
Metabo Recalls Electric Angle Grinders Due to Laceration Hazard
The grinder's on/off switch can stick in the “On” position, posing a laceration hazard.
Mayborn USA Recalls to Repair Baby Monitors Due to Strangulation Hazard
Child can pull cord into crib and wrap around the neck, posing a strangulation hazard.
Recalled Products Sold by Best Buy and Liquidators After Recall Date
Hazards can include fire, burn, shock, expelled parts, falls and skin irritation depending on the product.
Far East Brokers Recall Glass Beverage Dispenser Set Due to Injury Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Publix
The metal stand supporting the dispenser can break.
Pottery Barn Recalls Bar Stools Due to Fall Hazard (Recall Alert)
The footrest on the Pottery Barn "Donovan" style bar stool can break. This poses a fall hazard to the user.
East Coast Cycle Supply Recalls Trayl TRN Mountain Bikes Due to Crash Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Sports Authority (Recall Alert)
The brakes on the bikes can fail to stop riders within the distances required by federal regulation.
Dream On Me Recalls High Chairs Due to Strangulation and Fall Hazards
The leg or side opening of the chair can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck or fall from the chair.
Oeuf Recalls to Repair Cribs Due to Entrapment Hazard
The slats/spindles and top rail on four models of Sparrow cribs can detach from the cribs and pose an entrapment hazard to a child.
Cycling Sports Group Recalls GT Brand Mountain Bicycles Due to Crash, Injury Hazards
The brake system on 2014 Fury Expert and Fury Team downhill mountain bicycles can fail.
Popkiller Recalls USB Chargers, Adapters and Cables Due to Fire and Electric Shock Hazards
Mounted plug blades, and inadequate electronic circuitry create a fire and electrical shock hazard to consumers.
Nantucket Distributing Recalls Outdoor Patio Set Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
The rear legs of the chair can break, posing a fall hazard.
Halco Recalls LED Bulbs Due to Risk of Injury and Burn Hazards
The LED bulbs can overheat and fall onto consumers below.
Bollinger Fitness Recalls Resistance Bands Due to Injury Hazard
The black plastic ball attached to the resistance band’s door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user.
GSK Recalls Panadol Advance Bottles Due to Failure to Meet Child-Resistant Closure Requirement; Sold Exclusively in Puerto Rico
The 100 caplet container is not child-resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. These products contain acetaminophen which is required to be sealed with child-resistant packaging.
Gemini Recalls Power Adaptor/Chargers Due to Burn Hazard
The power adaptors/chargers can overheat and pose a burn risk to consumers.
Master Cutlery Recalls Neck Knives Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Big 5 Sports
The sheath on the Master Cutlery MTech USA Karambit neck knife can fail to hold the knife securely. This can allow the knife to fall out of the sheath, posing a laceration hazard to the consumer.
Lifeguard Press Recalls Charging Kits Due to Fire, Shock Hazards
Ban.do, Jonathan Adler and Lilly Pulitzer branded charging kits can overheat and emit smoke and sparks. The prongs on the wall charger can detach and remain in the electrical outlet.
Big Fireworks Recalls Mock Sword Fireworks Devices Due to Impact, Burn Hazards
The handheld fountain firework device is intended to emit sparks, but can unexpectedly explode. This poses a risk of impact and burn to the user.
All Power America Recalls Snow Throwers Due to Fire Hazard
The product was tested overseas with Chinese gasoline, causing the carburetor needle to corrode and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Production Routers Recalled Due to Electrical Shock Hazard
Handles on the router bases are not insulated, which can pose a risk of electrical shock.
Sony Recalls VAIO Flip PC Laptops Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
The computers’ lithium-ion batteries can overheat.
Winco Recalls Contraband 24 Canister Shell Fireworks Kit Due to Impact, Burn Hazards
Firing tubes in some kits could be too narrow, causing the canister shells to unexpectedly blow up.
Roland Recalls Digital Pianos Due to Electrical Shock Hazard (Recall Alert)
The AC power cord on model RD-800 pianos can be connected to the XLR output jacks.
Wolf Steel Recalls Napoleon Propane Gas Fireplaces Due to Laceration Hazard
Pressure from the ignition of the propane gas can cause the glass to break, posing a laceration hazard.
Women’s Scarves Recalled by Julie Vos Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
The scarves fail to meet the federal flammability standard for wearing apparel and pose a risk of burn injury to consumers.
Scott, Trek Recall Bicycles with SR Suntour Front Forks Due to Crash Hazard
Front forks on 13 models of Scott and 11 models of Trek 2011, 2012 and 2013 bicycles can break.
Coravin Recalls to Repair Wine Access System Due to Laceration Hazard
The system can cause wine bottles to break during pressurization.
Trane Recalls Air Conditioning Systems Due to Shock Hazard (Recall Alert)
Ground screws used in the recalled Trane XB300 and American Standard Silver SI air conditioning systems do not have the two threads required to provide sufficient grounding, posing a shock hazard to consumers.
Stile Products Recalls Tern Folding Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard; Frames Can Crack
The bike's frame can crack at the hinge on the top tube.
Linear Expands Recall of Personal Emergency Reporting System Transmitters Due to Battery Signal Failure
The batteries can fail to emit a low battery warning and not generate a warning to the user.
Reebok-CCM Recalls Throat Collars Due to Laceration Hazard
Throat collars have been decertified by BNQ in Canada due to the risk of a laceration hazard to the throat.
Brooks Furniture Recalls Glider Rockers Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively to Kaplan Early Learning
The spindles in the glider base can separate while rocking.
Nokia Recalls Tablet Travel Chargers Due to Electrocution Hazard
The plastic cover on the charger's exchangeable plugs can loosen and separate, exposing components. Travel chargers used on Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets.
American Signature Recalls Table Lamps Due to Risk of Shock, Fire (Recall Alert)
Improper wiring in the 26-inch table lamps can pose shock and fire hazards to consumers
Big Lots Recalls Ottomans Due to Fall Hazard
The center of the ottoman can collapse during use, posing a fall hazard.
Hitachi Koki Recalls Pneumatic Nailers Due to Injury Hazards
Nailers can jam and override the safety switch that permits only one nail to fire at a time, posing an injury risk.
Bubble Knobs Recalled by Cost Plus Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Cost Plus World Market and World Market Stores
The “Bubble Knobs” glass cabinet and drawer-pulls can break and expose sharp pieces of glass. This poses a risk of laceration to the consumer.
Weil-McLain Recalls Ultra Series Boilers Due to Risk of Fire, Explosion
A crack can develop in a cap used to seal the manifold of the Ultra Series 80, 105, 155 and 230 MBH boiler. This poses a risk of fire and explosion.
SCOTT Recalls Speedster Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard
The steerer tube in the front fork can break.
|Fall Safety Tips|
Fall is a great time to clean, organize and get rid of unnecessary items in house. It is also a great time to check if your safety plans are in place and your safety equipment is in working order.
Test your smoke alarms.
Check to see if they work.
Change the battery, if necessary
Replace your smoke detectors every 10 years.
Test your carbon monoxide detectors.
Check to see if they work.
Change you batteries if necessary.
Replace light bulbs (outside and inside) – you’ll be taking out the step ladder test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, use the ladder to change light bulbs as well.
Store winter items (clothing, Christmas decorations, etc.) properly.
Check your house for broken items and discard appropriately.
Clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose any expired or unused
Talk to your city or county government trash and
recycling service or your local pharmacist for medicine disposal in your area.
Check your fire extinguisher.
Make sure safety seals, tamper indicators and maintenance tag are broken or missing.
Examine for signs physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or a clogged
Check the pressure gauge reading or indicator. It should be in the
operable range or position.
Recycle and replace if necessary.
Plan and practice your family escape plan.
Review your family emergency plan – a printable family emergency plan available through ready.gov.
Check your first aid kit and replace any missing supplies.
Remember the first step in dealing with an emergency is being prepared for an emergency!!!!
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