By the Fire Dog, as interpreted by Patrick Reitz, Idyllwild Fire Chief Water – that precious resource we need to live. While we can live...
I have to laugh every time a major disaster strikes. Somehow the media always manages to find someone who declares that they never thought it could happen where they live or that it would ever happen to them. Why? Did they not realize that they live in a fault zone prone to earthquakes? Or an area prone to fires, or tornadoes or floods? The list can go on and on.
Did you feel it? Maybe you heard it? There was a 4.7 earthquake that shook the Hill around 10 a.m. Monday morning. What you may not know is that there was a smaller one at 2.7 about 20 minutes earlier; a 3.0 in the La Quinta area about the same time, and during the next three hours four more “aftershocks” that varied between 2.5 and 2.8 occurred.
The holiday season is here — again and already! Time to “deck the halls” and gather with friends and family. Time to get into spirit of the season and out into the hustle and bustle with everyone else that is getting into the spirit.
This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out.” This is to emphasize that you need to have two ways to get out of a fire, particularly a house fire — but it is of no use if you do not practice. You should also know your ways out at your workplace or any place that you might visit, such as a hotel, the mall, etc.
Fall is upon us and with it comes shorter days and colder weather. It is also time for a few reminders about fireplace and heating safety. Now is also the time many of you are firing up those stoves, heaters and fireplaces to fend off the cooler nights. But before you do, make sure that everything is clean and working properly.
Time to get the kids up and off to school! Is it a joy, a chore or somewhere in-between? Did your child get enough sleep last night? Are they getting enough sleep regularly? Sleep is very important to development and not enough sleep can lead to problems down the line.