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    NEWS from El Paso Fire Department Prevention Division

    Code Enforcement
    Fire Inspectors are meeting with Ysleta Independent School District officials to get ready and open up the new Eastwood Middle School located at 2612 Chaswood. The new school should be ready to open by the next school year. At this time students are having classes in portable classrooms at Hanks High School.

    Public Education
    Public EducationEl Paso Fire Department kicked off National Safe Kids Week. Through press releases and interviews, the message was put out that accidents kill one million children each year around the world and permanently disable many more. More children between the ages of 1 to 14 die from accidents involving fires and drowning than any other cause. And almost all of these injuries are preventable.

    Public Education Inspectors provided CERT training (Community Emergency Response Teams) to 40 students and 7 staff members from Socorro High School. Faculty and students were very impressed by the professionalism displayed by the fire instructors and really enjoyed the 2 day class.

    Safety Tips
    Fires
    Fires remain a leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children in the United States. Simply installing smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area cuts the chances of dying in a home fire in half. Keeping matches, lighters and other heat sources out of children's reach can help eliminate child-play fires, the leading cause of fire-related death for children 5 and under. Preparation and education are key elements of preventing fire tragedies. Planning and practicing a fire escape route with your family, and talking to your children about what to expect in a fire, are simple steps anyone can take. A prepared child is more likely to escape a house fire unharmed.

    Drownings
    Despite a 40 percent decline since 1987, drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 to 14, taking more than 900 children's lives each year. For every child who drowns, four more are hospitalized for near drowning. Drownings and near-drownings tend to occur on the weekend (40 percent) and between the months of May and August (62 percent). Most drownings and near-drownings occur in residential swimming pools. More than half of these drownings take place in the child's home pool, and one-third occur at the homes of friends, neighbors or relatives. However, it's important to know that children, especially younger ones, can also drown in as little as 1 inch of water. This puts them at risk of drowning in wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, diaper pails, toilets, spas and hot tubs. A child should never be unsupervised in or near water, even shallow wading pools.

    Firework Enforcement
    In 2005, about 9,700 people in the United States were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks. Over half the injuries were burns and most of the injuries involved the hands, eyes and head. Half of the victims were under 15 years of age. The 4th of July holiday is on the horizon and El Paso Fire Department officials would like to remind the public about the dangers of using fireworks and that fireworks are illegal inside the City of El Paso. If you are caught with fireworks within city limits they will be confiscated and you will be issued a citation. Fines can go as high as $2000.00.

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