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Lowes Grill Recall

According to the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Lowe's Home Center has issued a recall on Perfect Flame Double Lid Four Burner Gas Grills. For more information go to

Kitchen Fires

Ever wondered what you should do if you have a grease fire on your stove? We've all heard different solutions to this problem, but which ones actually work? Hopefully none of us will have to experience a fire in our kitchen. But it is a possibility, and we all need to be prepared in case of the emergency. The best way to be prepared is to have a "Type K" fire extinguisher in your kitchen. One of these can be picked up at Lowes. But in case you do not have one, the following link shows a video on how to properly extinguish a grease fire on your stove. Please take the time to watch the video because it could easily save your life. Remember, if you can not put the fire out, get out of the house and call 911. And as always, be careful and stay safe!

Heat-Related Emergencies

As summer approaches we all have to be careful of extreme temperatures and the possibility of heat related emergencies. A large part of our community is agricultural land where intense outdoor labor takes place throughout the summer. The stages of heat related emergencies are heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

Heat cramps occur when muscles are under heavy exertion and cramp due to loss of water and salt through sweating. The next stage is heat exhaustion, where body fluids are lost over time and decrease blood flow to vital organs. Signs of heat exhaustion are cool, moist, pale, flushed or red skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting, and dizziness. Dressing in layers and wearing colors that reflect light are two ways to decrease your risks of heat exhaustion.

The third heat related emergency is a heat stroke, which is a critical life-threatening illness. When a heat stroke occurs the body's temperature regulation is interrupted and the body stops sweating. Sweating cools the body, thus internal body temperatures will dramatically increase. Brain damage and death are two possible outcomes of heat strokes if the body is not cooled down quickly. Signs of heat strokes include hot, red, dry skin; loss of consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; and high body temperature. Individuals showing signs of heat strokes need immediate medical attention. Call 911 would be indicated for a possible heat stroke.

There are several steps that decrease the effects of heat on the body and heat related emergencies this summer. First, wear light colored clothing that reflects light. Second, drink large quantities of water and juice throughout the day. Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Third, slow down strenuous activity, by working during cooler hours of the day. Fourth, eat small meals and eat more often. Try to avoid eating large amounts of protein, which increase metabolic heat. Fifth, try staying indoors during the hottest part of the day. Finally, take regular breaks throughout the day. When keeping these steps in mind will decrease your risks of heat related emergencies.

Stay cool this summer, and help everyone stay away from heat related emergencies. When an individual starts showing signs of a heat related illness, call 911.

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