April 24th, 2012|
April 24, 2012
A Birmingham man is spreading the word that a bicycle helmet will not only keep you safe from danger while riding, but it also might be the key to surviving extreme weather, including tornadoes.
According to CBS 42 News, the man had partnered with the Birmingham Barons to hand out 125 free helmets and educate the public on how they can save your life during a storm. He knows about the dangerous nature of storms firsthand, as he was paralyzed from the waist down after an April 8, 1998, storm tore through his house and killed his son. He says that had his son been wearing a helmet, he may not have suffered the traumatic head injuries caused by the storm, and that he may still be alive today.
Recent research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham backs up the man’s claims, stating that wearing a helmet during a storm significantly reduces the chances of suffering head or neck injuries, which are the most dangerous that can be inflicted by a storm.
Estimates show that half of the fatalities from the April 27, 2011, storm that tore through Jefferson County were the result of head and neck injuries.
April 10th, 2012|
April 10, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that house fires affected roughly 384,000 families in 2010. Those fires killed 2,640 people and injured another 13,350. An estimated 37 percent of the homes in these fires weren’t equipped with smoke detectors—a potentially deadly oversight.
For example, a 3-year-old boy was injured in a fire Monday in a home that officials say had no fire detectors installed. According to CBS 42 News, firefighters were called to the scene around 4:30 a.m. The mother fled the home without the boy, who was later recovered by rescue crews. He was taken to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.
In an effort to curb the high number of homes in the area without smoke detectors, the Birmingham Fire Department (BFD) is offering to install smoke detectors in city homes for free. BFD Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis stated, “Smoke alarms will give you that audible alert which will give you two or three extra minutes to get out in case of a fire. They have been proven to save lives over the years.”
If you are in need of smoke detectors in your home, you are encouraged to contact the department at (205) 250-7540.