Run like hell?!?! #Fireworks

I’m no genius, but if your fireworks say this…

…then you likely could get hurt. So please PLEASE be careful this 4th of July holiday.

Also, fireworks are expensive. Leave it to the pros.

Here’s a quick news story with my friend Euclid Fire Capt Jay Northup on the dangers of fireworks who was injured a few months ago in NE Ohio. (click on the picture)

Fire Captain Jay Northup suffered a severe head injury, two ruptured eardrums, second-degree burns, and multiple bruises and cuts requiring 35 stitches after an accident involving fireworks. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY

Fire Captain Jay Northup suffered a severe head injury, two ruptured eardrums, second-degree burns, and multiple bruises and cuts requiring 35 stitches after an accident involving fireworks. / AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY

Again, I would highly recommend that you leave the fireworks to the pros.

@rusnivek

Terrific to terrible weather in less than 24-hours

It’s still 2017 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week!

Despite the spectacular summer weather we are experiencing today in March, it is likely that conditions can rapidly change.

While we see this today…


…we might see this kind of weather in the next 24-hours.

​​​Of course we need to be prepared for these types of situations so I usually have a few of these emergency panchos stashed away in my vehicle.

While not fashionable, they provide some refuge and partial coverage in case I or my fellow PIOs get caught in some severe weather incident – we are somewhat protected.

And yes, having more than one is advisable as you likely have other family, friends, and/or people that might get wet too.

For more info on how you could better prepare yourself for severe weather, check out the list of preparedness stuff from my friend Jana and her team at Ready.Gov on a kit or an family communications plan.

Be safe and dry peeps!

@rusnivek

 

 

Few pet preparedness tips for 2017 severe weather preparedness week

It’s still 2017 Severe Weather Preparedness Week – today’s topic: pets!

Cold weather affects humans. But think about having to put more than just your two shoes into the snow…think about 4 paws.


I know your pet loves being outside in the snow, soooooooooo:

  • Keep their time outside to a minimum.
  • Consider brushing off their paws before coming into the house.
  • Examine the de-icing salt used for your driveway as some may contain harmful chemicals.
  • Harmful edibles or poisonous mushrooms are often buried under fallen snow.
  • Due to large snow embankments, cars on the road may not see you/your pet on a walk.
  • Flashlights or reflective gear at night will increase your chances of being identified by passing motorists.

Rain or shine, keep your pets warm and well dressed for the weather outside.


For more trusted information on your local weather, check out www.weather.gov for official weather predictions.

@rusnivek

Wipers on = Lights on! 2017 #National #Severe #Weather #Preparedness

2017 National Severe Weather Preparedness week.

As we start to experience more rain (April showers) – we need to constantly remind people – IF YOUR WIPERS ARE ON, TURN YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON!

Can you identify which vehicle doesn’t have their headlights on? Kinda hard to spot huh?

Despite daytime on a gloomy day, I think people just forget to turn their headlights on.

Consider using this safety meme whenever it rains.

Trust me, it’s free.

Every state is different so check your state and local laws. Or just turn them on whenever you turn your windshield wipers on.

More free severe weather safety tips this week…

@rusnivek

 

Welcome to 2017 #National #Severe #Weather #Preparedness Week #NatlPrep

This week is 2017 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week!

Foggy conditions pose a significant danger to motorists as well as pedestrians.

When driving (and flying) leave more room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
A few more tips/reminders:

  • Use headlights so you can see and be seen.
  • Slow down.
  • Give yourself more time for travel between locations.
  • Allow yourself more distance for stopping.
  • Fog could delay your airline travel plans so check your flight departures often.
  • Double check your vehicle preparedness kit for supplies like food/water.
  • Have a fully charged cell phone – just in case.

More safety tips to share all week for National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

@rusnivek

Mean people do not like severe weather warnings

Dear general public: Stop being mean to the National Weather Service, State/Local government public safety, and news reporters.

When “breaking news” occurs pertaining to safety, please adhere to the warnings put forth by the official sources.

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Again, stop being mean!

Most reporters are generally nice and they want to report the facts.

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For your protection, heed all safety warnings from official sources.

@rusnivek

 

Are there differences in an Advisory or a Watch or Warning? #Winter #Weather #OHWx

Hello there! Do you know the differences Advisories vs Watches vs Warnings??

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Advisory – A less severe winter weather event that is imminent.

Watch – The potential exists for a significant or dangerous weather event.

Warning – A significant or dangerous weather event that is imminent

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Few other bits of info from the NOAA / National Weather Service:

Hazardous Weather Outlook – The Hazardous Weather Outlook usually provides three to seven-day advance notice of a hazardous winter weather event which has the potential to threaten life or property.

Short Term Forecast – Describes the weather in the local area and includes a short-range forecast (usually not more than six hours). This product will be updated more frequently when it is used during active weather. This product is also sometimes referred to as a “NOWcast.”

Special Weather Statement – Designed to alert the public to a short term hazardous weather threat within twelve hours of occurrence, which may require a heightened level of awareness or action.

 

@rusnivek