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Tips to Stay Safe in the Heat by quotes

 Tips to Stay Safe in the HeatCommunity Information & Referral

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As temperatures begin to rise well over 100 degrees, the city of Phoenix Emergency Management Program, in cooperation with the state, Maricopa County, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations, is prepared to take action to ensure the safety of its residents.Both the Fire and Police departments will respond to heat emergencies and provide water during extreme heat warnings. The Human Services Department is offering heat stress training seminars for its meal delivery aides, minibus operators and caseworkers for seniors who come in contact with the elderly.

“The best advice we can give to residents is to stay hydrated, especially when you go outside during the day. And please keep a special eye on your neighbors, particularly the elderly,” said Mayor Phil Gordon.“Phoenix also is working closely with nonprofit and faith-based organizations that are helping with outreach efforts to the homeless,” he said.

DonationsThrough the city’s annual Summer Respite Program, the public is asked to donate unopened water bottles, sunscreen, new underwear, white socks, white T-shirts and prepackaged snack items that will be distributed to the homeless. Tax-deductible donations may be delivered to the city’s four Family Services Centers: Travis L. Williams, 4732 S. Central Ave., 602-534-4732; John F. Long, 3454 N. 51st Ave., 602-262-6510; Central Phoenix, 1250 S. Seventh Ave., 602-534-1250; and Sunnyslope, 914 W. Hatcher Road, 602-495-5229. The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

The city partners with 10 local homeless outreach teams to distribute these items. They include Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, Stand Up for Kids, Community Bridges, HomeBase Youth Services, Connection to Care Team, The Salvation Army Project HOPE, Health Care for the Homeless, TERROS, Southwest Behavioral Health Service PATH Outreach and US Vets.City staff is working with faith-based organizations in the metropolitan area to provide heat assistance in the areas of hydration and respite efforts and wellness checks. They will help collect, store and distribute bottled water; provide a cool, safe place for people to escape the heat; and check on the elderly and disabled to make sure they have access to cool and safe places. City staff is providing training and information to these volunteers. Any faith-based organizations interested in assisting can call 602-262-4520.

St. Mary’s Food Bank also will assist the city in storing large quantities of water during the summer months. Any company or group interested in donating water or contributing funds to buy water can call the Human Services Department at 602-262-4520.The Human Services Campus Day Resource Center will provide services and respite for homeless individuals in downtown Phoenix. The Phoenix Rescue Mission will offer day respite, meals and shelter at its 35th Avenue location and United Methodist Outreach Ministries will provide additional day and night shelter for women and families. Residents needing further information about these services can call Community Information and Referral at 602-263-8856.

Tips to keep cool and healthy during times of extreme heatEven healthy people should take it easy during extremely high temperatures, and those with respiratory and other health problems must be especially careful. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Drink extra fluids, but avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can cause dehydration. The best ways to prevent a sun stress emergency are:

  • Drink before you’re thirsty and drink often.Eat a healthy diet.

  • Wear a hat or cap, keep the neck covered and wear loose fitting clothing. The greatest amount of heat loss from the body occurs at the head. This is why it is important to wear a hat or cap in the sun.
  • If you can, work in the cool hours of the day or evening.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, heat-related injuries fall into three major categories:

  • Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that occur when the body loses electrolytes during profuse sweating or when inadequate electrolytes are taken into the body. They usually begin in the arms, legs or abdomen, and often precede heat exhaustion. Treatment for heat cramps is to rest in the shade, get near a fan, spray the person with water and massage the cramp.
  • Heat exhaustion is a medical emergency. When a person is suffering from heat exhaustion, they will perspire profusely and most likely will be pale. It is best treated by taking the patient to a cool place, applying cool compresses, elevating the feet and giving the patient fluids.
  • Heatstroke is the worst heat-related injury. The brain has lost its ability to regulate body temperature. The patient will be hot, reddish and warm to the touch. Their temperature will be markedly high and there will be no perspiration. This is a medical emergency: call 9-1-1. The emergency care of heatstroke is to cool the body as quickly as possible. One of the best methods for cooling the body during a heat emergency is to wrap the patient in cool, wet sheets.

Tips to avoid heat related illness:

  • Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle.
  • Increase fluid intake, regardless of activity level. Don’t wait until thirsty to drink fluids; drink more liquid than one’s thirst indicates.
  • Avoid “heat hangover.” Continue to drink fluids even after strenuous activity. This will enable the body to maintain optimum hydration, and help prevent the after effects of heat exposure such as headaches and fatigue.
  • Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they dehydrate the body.
  • Avoid very cold beverages as they cause stomach cramps.
  • Limit exercise or outdoor activity between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its peak intensity. If active during this time frame, drink a minimum of 16 to 32 ounces of water each hour.
  • Some medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, may increase the risk of heat related illness. Consult your physician if you have questions.
  • Take advantage of free air conditioning! Visit shopping malls, movie theaters or the library to escape the heat for a few hours.

Outdoor protection:

  • When outdoors, wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF15. Apply at least 30 minutes prior to going outdoors and re-apply as necessary.
  • Rest frequently in shady areas so that the body’s temperature has a chance to recover.
  • If unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, gradually increase the pace and limit exercise or work time.

Clothing:

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes.
  • Use a wide-brimmed hat to provide shade and keep the head cool.
  • Take special precaution with infants and young children by dressing them in loose, cool clothing and shading their heads

Cars and HeatWhen temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, even with a window partially open, the temperature inside a car can reach 138 degrees in five minutes and up to 150 degrees in 15 minutes. In these conditions, children can die very quickly – in a matter of minutes. Infants and small children are particularly vulnerable due to their body configurations. The younger the child, the faster the onset of heatstroke and dehydration.

  • 75 percent of the temperature rise occurs within five minutes of closing and leaving the car.
  • 90 percent of the temperature rise occurs within 15 minutes.
  • Dark colored cars reach slightly higher temperatures than light colored cars.
  • The greater the amount of glass in the car (hatchbacks, etc.) the faster the rise in temperature.
  • Larger cars heat up just as fast as smaller cars.
  • Having the windows down even one inch causes only a slight temperature drop.

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Police Arrest Suspect in Baseline Killer Case by quotes

 Police Arrest Suspect in Baseline Killer Case

Phoenix and police officials today announced the arrest of a man in connection with a sexual assault attributed to a suspect known as the “Baseline Killer.” Mark Goudeau, 42, was arrested Tuesday evening near 28th Street and Thomas Road.

Police said the Baseline Killer began a spree of sexual assaults and killings in August 2005 and that he is responsible for 23 crimes, including eight murders and several sexual assaults.

“We’re fortunate today to have another monster off the streets. Thanks to many people and to so many organizations for their help,” said Mayor Phil Gordon, who addressed the media this morning at a press conference at City Hall.

Mayor Gordon praised the diligent and collaborative work of law enforcement officials that included the Phoenix Police Department, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Department of Corrections. He also thanked the community for working hand in hand with the city’s 3,000-member police force in providing leads that led to yesterday’s arrest.

Police Chief Jack Harris said, “All I can tell you at this time is that there is forensic evidence tying Mr. Goudeau to this specific case. I want to praise the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department who worked tirelessly and sacrificed significantly to get to the point we are at today.”

Police said that the Baseline Killer’s last known attack was in June, when he abducted a woman from a carwash near 32nd Street and Thomas Road and killed her.

The Baseline Killer is one of two serial predator cases in the Phoenix area.

In the other, dubbed the “Serial Shooter” investigation, police arrested Dale S. Hausner, 33, and Samuel J. Dieteman, 30, last month.

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Councilman and Attorney General Join Get Net Safe Tour to Promote Online Safety by quotes

Councilman and Attorney General Join Get Net Safe Tour to Promote Online Safety

Attorney General Terry Goddard and Councilman Greg Stanton will join the Microsoft Get Net Safe tour next week, an effort to promote Internet Safety in schools, at home and at work. The 12-city tour brings together community organizations and government agencies along with Microsoft to encourage online safety.

Goddard will kick off the tour at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, with a press conference at Monte Vista Elementary School, 3501 E. Osborn Road in Phoenix. Goddard and Stanton will talk about the Get Net Safe tour events in Phoenix as well as efforts of the Phoenix Internet Crimes Task Force to track and arrest Internet predators.

Following the press conference, Goddard and Stanton will join representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for an Internet safety school assembly. Monte Vista students will participate in the assembly.

At noon that day, Goddard will keynote a U.S./Arizona Chambers of Commerce lunch where he will discuss efforts his office is making to educate Arizonans about Internet Safety. The luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, Goddard and Stanton will participate in a parents’ forum at the Madison School District offices. The forum will feature online safety tools, information and resources from i-SAFE Inc. This forum begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Get Net Safe tour will feature forums on Aug. 22, 23 and 24 throughout the Valley. These forums will provide children, teens, parents, businesses and seniors with information about online safety. This tour was developed by Microsoft and 10 partner organizations to help raise awareness of computing security and Internet safety. The tour partners include AARP, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Geek Squad 24-our Computer Support Task Force, GetNetWise, i-SAFE, Microsoft, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Federal Trade Commission’s OnGuard Online, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Please visit the Arizona Attorney General’s Office at www.azag.gov for more information about other events being held in the Valley. Please contact Andrea Esquer at 602-542-8019 if you have any questions about the events featuring Attorney General Terry Goddard.



Back To School – It’s time to start thinking about school zone safety by quotes

Back To School – It’s time to start thinking about school zone safety

The start and end of each school day are the busiest times on local school campuses.  Children are taught safe walking rules, but are easily distracted and impulsive. Do not assume if the children see the car, that the driver of the car can see them, because this is not always true.  A few simple tips will help keep our children safe.  Practice these safe-walking behaviors with your children:

— Walk children in grades k-3rd to school. Do not allow them to cross the street alone.

— Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks when available. Do not cross mid-block!

— Look for traffic before crossing — look left, then right, then left again.

— Do not play around or push friends while waiting to cross.

— Prohibit children from playing near driveways, streets and parking lots.

— Wear bright colors. Drivers will see the children better.

If your child rides a school bus, talk with them about:

— Be at the bus stop on time.  Never run to or from a bus.

— Wait at the designated stop in a safe place well away from the street.

— Stay out of the danger zone.  The driver cannot see you if you are standing closer than 10 ft. to the bus.

— If something falls under or near the school bus, tell the driver.  Never try to pick it up yourself.

— Hold the handrail as you get on and off the bus.  Do not push or shove.

— Keep your head and arms inside the bus.  Do not throw anything outside the windows.

— Always follow the bus driver’s instructions.  Be familiar with the rules for emergencies.

If your child will be riding a bike to and from school, remember:

— Make sure the bike is in good working condition.

— Wearing a bike helmet can reduce injuries up to 85%.  Let your child pick out one that fits them now, not one that they will grow into.  Purchase a bright color so your child will be easily seen.

— Leave your helmet with your bike, scooter, or roller blades.  That way you will more likely remember to put it on.

— Always ride on the right side of the road.  Obey all other traffic rules.

— Watch out for cars coming out of driveways and alleys, or pulling away from the curb.

— Walk your bike across the crosswalk.

If you have questions regarding school zone safety, please contact Jean DeStories Transportation Safety Educator at 480.644.3398, or jean.destories@cityofmesa.org.

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