• Blazing Heat Grips Jones County
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    With heat index readings reaching over 104° this week, here are some precautions and emergency procedures pertaining to heat related injuries.

    First, the best defense is prevention.

    •Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

    •Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

    •Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

    •Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

    •Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

    •NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

    •Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    ◦Infants and young children
    ◦People aged 65 or older
    ◦People who have a mental illness
    ◦Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

    •Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

    If you must be out in the heat:

    •Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

    •Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.

    •Try to rest often in shady areas.

    •Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

    Long-term exposure to heat can cause several emergency medical conditions which may progress or cause immediate life-threatening symptoms. If any of the following occur, treat the victim and call 911.

    Heat cramps:

    Heat cramps may be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke.

    Painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in the legs and abdomen
    Heavy sweating

    First Aid:
    Apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve spasm.
    Give sips of water unless the person complains of nausea, then stop giving water.

    Heat exhaustion:

    Heavy sweating
    Cool, pale, clammy skin
    Fast, weak pulse
    Possible muscle cramps
    Nausea or vomiting

    First Aid:
    Move person to a cooler environment
    Lay person down and loosen clothing
    Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible
    Fan or move victim to air conditioned room
    Offer sips of water
    If person vomits more than once, seek immediate medical attention.

    Heat stroke:

    Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.

    Altered mental state
    One or more of the following symptoms: throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing
    Body temperature above 103°F
    Hot, red, dry or moist skin
    Rapid and strong pulse
    Faints, loses consciousness

    First Aid:
    Move the victim to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned, environment.
    Reduce body temperature with cool cloths or bath.
    Use fan if heat index temperatures are below the high 90s. A fan can make you hotter at higher temperatures.
    Do NOT give fluids.

    For more information on all these topics see all Jones County EMA Office at 478-986-6672.


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  • Smoke Detectors Available
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    Junes 5, 2015

    Free Smoke Detectors Available

    Jones County Department of Fire Rescue


    Most people don’t realize that fire claims nearly 4,000 lives a year across the United States.  More than 75% of these deaths occur in the homes where we live.  Recent studies indicate that smoke alarms are present in 46% of all homes nationwide.  However, 65% of fire related deaths have occurred in homes with no smoke alarms present or those that were not operational.


    With that being said, Jones County Department of Fire Rescue and its members are launching a program to assist residents within Jones County that are unable to afford a smoke detector in their home.  Jones County Fire Chief and EMA Director Don Graham said that a grant was obtain through Tri-County EMC Operation Roundup Program, generous donations by Ace Hardware of Gray and Jones County Fire Rescue Fund.  Graham said 400 First Alert Smoke & Fire Alarms have been purchased and will be available upon request.  Residents should make a formal request by calling Jones County EMA Office at 478-986-6672 Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Residents making a request should be able to produce an address, contact name and phone number.  One free smoke detector (per floor) will be installed at no charge by Jones County Firefighters Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Before installation is complete the resident(s) or homeowner(s) will be required to sign a waiver that will require them to take full responsibility of maintaining and ownership of the detector.


    In 2015 alone, Jones County Department of Fire Rescue have already responded to more than a dozen structure fires in Jones County.  Chief Graham said that over half of these structures involved residential dwellings.  Out of the six dwelling fires, two of them had smoke detectors.  Graham added, the residential dwellings that had smoke detectors paid off big time by saving five lives.  These lives were well documented that a single smoke detector saved a family of four and a family of one.  These two families each were alerted quickly by a functional smoke detector while they were asleep and were able to escape harm’s way.  Smoke detectors truly save lives, Graham said.

    Chief Graham said that while our fire personnel are installing your smoke detector(s), our personnel will be glad to assist with friendly advice regarding smoke detectors and any other fire safety concerns.


    Don Graham, Fire Chief



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