Category Archive: What’s Hot

Jun 23 2016

What’s Hot: Grilling Safety Tips

By Chief Gary Lohr for The Island Connection Outdoor grilling is popular throughout the year. Whether you use a charcoal or propane grill, it’s important to be careful around the grill to prevent fires, burns, and property damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments respond to an estimated 8,600 home fires involving …

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Feb 03 2016

Be Safe While Heating This Winter

By Chief Gary Lohr for The Island Connection The winter months are upon us and many of us spend time indoors, curled up by a fireplace or space heater, reading a book or watching television. The St. Johns Fire District wants to remind you that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths …

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Dec 18 2015

Stay Safe This Holiday Season

By Battalion Chief Gary Lohr for The Island Connection The holiday season is already upon us, and the time spent with family and friends can provide many cherished memories that will last us a lifetime. The members of the St. Johns Fire District want to wish you a happy, fire safe holiday, and want to …

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Jul 24 2015

Seat Belt Safety

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By Chief Gary Lohr for The Island Connection Recent polls identified that teenagers who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2012, approximately 55 percent were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Only 65 percent of teenagers regularly wear their seatbelts as both a passenger and driver. Six out of 10 drivers …

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Feb 20 2015

Yield To Emergency Vehicles

By Chad Kelly for The Island Connection Many of us have felt that moment of panic when we saw flashing lights in our rear view mirror or heard sirens. What do I do? Do I pull over? Should I speed up? Do I stay where I am? So what do we do? SC Code of …

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Feb 06 2015

Facts About Fire Extinguishers

By Chad Kelly for The Island Connection When we think of small fires and the need to extinguish the fire while small most people think of a fire extinguisher. The problem in both our homes and our businesses is a fire extinguisher is the last thing we think about unless there is a fire. In …

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Jan 23 2015

Stay Warm, Stay Safe

By Captain Chad Kelly for The Island Connection As we move through the colder months we look at different ways of staying warm but keeping our heating expenses low. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when using supplemental heat. Fire Places 1. Make sure that combustibles are kept clear from the opening …

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Dec 19 2014

How To Have A Safe New Year

By Captain Chad A. Kelly for The Island Connection It’s that time of year where we start making resolutions for the New Year. A resolution that should be at the top of everyone’s list is a safe home. Here are some tips to make your home safer: • Are the counters and stove top clean …

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Nov 19 2014

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

By Captain Chad Kelly for The Island Connection There is nothing better than family, friends, good food, and football to help us realize how much we have to be thankful for during the holidays. However, the same things listed can cause distractions and danger while preparing the food. We at St. Johns Fire District and …

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Sep 05 2014

Escape Planning

  By James Ghi for The Island Connection Most of us may think that it would be easy to come up with an escape plan for your own home. After all, you aren’t ever more than a few steps away from a window or a door. You know your own home so well it would …

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