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End of Summer but Not End of Pool Safety Season


The Labor Day holiday typically signals the end of summer, a time to get ready for football, a new television season, report cards and pre-planning for the fall and winter holidays.  Summer may be over but swimming pool safety is a year-round priority in Arizona.  Longer swimming seasons and the high number of homes with pools are two reasons why the state has a dismally high rate of childhood drownings or near-drownings.

Arizona had 21 child drowning deaths in 2010.  So far this year there have been 15 child drowning deaths in the state.

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East Valley experts share life-saving tips and experiences working water-related emergencies

This happy little water sprite is 3-year-old Faith Wortman, the daughter of Matt and Kim Wortman of Queen Creek.. She is taking swimming lessons from Angelee Holt, a certified Infant Swimming Resource instructor also from Queen Creek.

There is a distinct warning tone sounded at the Apache Junction Fire District to sig­nal drowning calls. Mark Gomez doesn’t even like to describe it.

“I don’t ever want to hear it,” said Mr. Gomez, AJFD’s EMS/training coordinator. “It raises the hair on the back on my neck.”

Like so many fire departments in the far East Valley, Mr. Gomez has seen his share of drownings. Some have had happy outcomes. Some have not.

The drowning death May 15 in Glendale of a 17-month- old boy believed to have crawled outside through a built-in doggy-door to the backyard pool is a reminder that fatal accidents can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone.

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E. coli cases in Arizona linked to Costco cheese

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

Arizona and four other states reported cases of E. coli in cheese products sold in Costco stores in October, officials said.

Twenty-five cases of Escherichia coli were confirmed by officials, 11 in Arizona alone, according to a statement issued Thursday by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Drivers reminded to 'Pull Aside, Stay Alive' during monsoon season

Pull Aside, Stay Alive.

That’s the familiar message to drivers from the Arizona Department of Transportation as another summer monsoon season approaches.

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Don’t Fall Victim to Scams

The Apache Junction Police Department Chief of Police Thomas E. Kelly would like to remind citizens to stay alert and not fall victim to scams.

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Don't risk it! ADOT offers Monsoon safe driving tips

The headlines are all too familiar. Dust storm causes fatal chain reaction crash. Flood waters claim driver crossing swollen wash. Heavy rain sends boulders onto highway. These are among the often tragic or frightening events that occur when Monsoon storms strike in Arizona each summer.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is joining other public safety agencies, including the state Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service, in passing along advice to drivers during Arizona Monsoon Awareness Week.

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Forum Aims At Women & Violence

June 20 event features AJ police chief

A public forum to discuss violence against women will be held on Wednesday, June 20 at the A.J. Christian Community Church.

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Five million gmail addresses and passwords posted online

An archive containing nearly 5 million Gmail addresses and plain text passwords was posted Tuesday on an online forum, but the data is old and likely sourced from multiple data breaches according to one security firm.

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Fireworks use under new Arizona law

Arizonans can start using permissible fireworks from Tuesday, July 1 through July 6 under a new law written and passed with the intention of eliminating confusion over what fireworks are permissible in the state.

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Fireworks Safety Tips

Supervisor Clark Smithson, Chairman David Snider and Supervisor Pete Rios prepare to cut the ribbon to open the 1891 Courthouse.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010 fireworks caused an estimated 15, 500 reported fires, in eight reported deaths, 8,600 people being treated for fireworks related injuries, and $36 million in direct property damage.

Here are some fireworks safety tips:

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Fireworks Safety

Fireworks Season is upon us and our local San Tan Valley Fire Department, Rural/Metro Fire, wants you to stay safe.  If you are going to use fireworks, please use them safely!

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Fire Prevention Tip

October is nationally recognized as the official Fire Prevention month.

This years theme is Smoke Detectors in your home. Over the years, residential smoke detectors have saved thousands of lives by warning the occupants of a fire. Many fire fatalities occur in homes with no working smoke detectors. Many of these homes were equipped, but no one thought of checking or changing the batteries. Make it a rule to check and change your batteries at least twice a year.

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FDIC Consumer Newsletter Features Tips on Protecting Your Money

The FDIC receives thousands of calls, letters and e-mails each year from consumers who have a question or concern relating to a loan, deposit or other banking product. The Winter 2012/2013 issue of FDIC Consumer News features practical tips and information on some of the most important topics raised by consumers, including key things to know about resolving common financial problems, avoiding scams, safely conducting mobile banking, and understanding federal deposit insurance coverage. Here's an overview:

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Haboob Haiku: Year Two

As part of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s efforts to spread the word about dust storm safety, the agency is once again asking people to channel their inner poets and send in their haboob haikus.

Haboob Haiku: Year Two gets underway today through ADOT’s social media sites. ADOT first issued the Haboob Haiku Challenge last year as part of its “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” dust storm awareness campaign. The challenge was such a smashing success that worldwide media featured some of the 600 haiku submissions. The “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” campaign re-launched yesterday as part of Arizona Monsoon Awareness Week. The campaign will run through the summer, reminding drivers about the dangers of dust storms and monsoon storms.

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Goddard Urges Consumers to be Wary of Scams when Making Holiday Donations

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

While the holiday season is typically a time for giving, it is seen less charitably by criminals engaged in consumer scams. Here are few helpful tips to avoid becoming a victim to charity and fundraising fraud:

(1)   Never give on impulse or give into high-pressure requests for contributions or donations. Always review all written information before making a donation. If a solicitor refuses to provide written information, refuse to donate. Don’t be afraid to ask if the person is a volunteer or a paid fundraiser.

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Holidays Usually Means Leftovers - Here are Some Tips to Enjoy Them Safely

The Pinal County Environmental Health Department is offering some tips for enjoying your leftovers during this holiday season.  With all the food being prepared as we celebrate, having leftover food is inevitable. Proper handling of leftover foods is one of the best things you can do to keep your family and friends safe from foodborne illness.

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Holiday Safety Tips


Some valuable holiday safety tips

Please remember not to leave valuables in plain view inside your vehicles, put them in the trunk or under the seats.

Please make sure that your vehicles are locked at all times and to leave the exterior lights of your homes on at night. Most neighborhoods around San Tan Valley are experiencing vehicle burglaries and most are crimes of opportunity.  Vehicles are left unlocked with valuables left inside the vehicle such as ipods , G.P.S. units, purses, briefcases, and laptop computers and are prime targets.

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Holiday Safety Tips

The holiday season is here, and the Queen Creek Fire Department would like to share some basic safety tips so that our residents can enjoy the season with friends and family safely.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees each year. Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious.

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HELPFUL TIP - Battery Maintenance

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

Without proper maintenance your battery can loose power and fail to deliver the necessary cranking Amps (power) your car requires. Cleaning your battery connections will help keep your battery from needing to be replaced before it’s time. Here are secrets to keep your battery perform at it’s peak.

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Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

Approximately 20,000 calls are made to the National Domestic Violence hotline per month.  If you are in a relationship where you are being verbally or physically abused, you have the right to a life free of fear and violence.

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