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Carbon Monoxide poisoning threat increase in the Winter (641)

LACONIA — The Fire Department wants to warn everyone about the hazards of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Carbon monoxide is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning deaths, and accounts for more than 50,000 emergency department visits each year in the US. During the cold weather months people will seal up their homes as tight as possible to keep in the heat. Moreover, we simply stay indoors for longer periods in the winter months. Many elderly people stay in their homes for extended periods. This can lead to a medical emergency, which can be fatal, caused by a build-up of carbon monoxide (CO) in the blood stream.

Heat equipment that burns fuel (gas stoves, furnaces, water heaters, wood stoves, coal stoves, fireplaces, pellet stoves, gas dryers, and kerosene heaters) can generate carbon monoxide. If a person stays inside their home for prolonged periods, they will breathe in and accumulate dangerous levels of this gas. If the heat equipment is defective, the build-up of CO can be rapid and fatal.

• Many newer furnaces allow for vents to be located on the outside wall with no chimney. Check the location of low level outside vents. They can easily become covered in snow and not vent dangerous gases from your home or business. This is a serious problem with seasonal homes when the furnace may be used intermittingly and allow snow to bury the vent.
• Place a CO detector in your home if you use any type of heating equipment that burns fuel such as wood, coal, or gas. A small leak in a chimney can allow CO to seep into your home. If the home is well insulated the gas will not escape.
• Do not run your car in the garage. A car engine produces enormous quantities of CO and can quickly overcome the occupants.
• Never use an outdoor grille inside your home.
• Do not use a gas oven to heat your home.
• Do not use any gasoline-powered engines (snow blowers, generators) in your home/garage, or near doors or windows.
• Do not sleep in any room with an unvented gas or kerosene heater.
• Follow instructions on any portable heating device
• A serious problem with CO poisoning is that a person affected will feel tired. Unknowingly the person or persons will go to sleep and possibly never awake. That is why CO is known as the Silent Killer. You cannot see or smell the gas. Only a CO detector will tell you that it is present. Laconia Fire Department has portable CO detectors in most of our fire trucks, as do most area fire departments. We use these devices to help locate the source of the CO.
• Do not ignore symptoms - severe headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea or faintness. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning get fresh air immediately and call 911 for emergency assistance. A build up of carbon monoxide will present symptoms similar to the flu. A key clue is that your skin will have a reddish hue. This is caused by the CO displacing the oxygen in your blood stream. Your blood gets darker and is reflected in skin color.

There is almost always some small levels of CO in a home. Normal use of doors will let in fresh air. However, if you do not leave the home the gas will stay inside with you. Occasionally open your doors or windows to air out the home.

Remember that at anytime you suspect a fire or you need our help for any emergency do not hesitate to call 911. Do not call the Landlord, the furnace repair person, your friends or family – call the fire department. It is extremely important that we be notified as soon as possible of any emergency so that we can effectively deal with it. Time is probably the most critical element in an emergency response.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 02:38

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Wolfeboro Genealogy workshop on March 4th

WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Public Library, in conjunction with The Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group, continues its series of monthly genealogical workshops on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Based on an Ancestry.com release entitled “Five Tips to Jumpstart Your Research,” each workshop will delve into a specific recognized and effective method of genealogical research, methods which can often uncover those long sought after and elusive family roots. In order to enhance each specific method, every workshop will feature a webinar presentation by an expert on the particular methodology being featured.

The March webinar presentation will be by Megan Smolenyak, who is recognized as one of today’s foremost genealogists. Smolenyak is the chief genealogist for Ancestry.com and the author of Who Do You Think You Are, the companion book to the TV series of the same name. Her presentation will feature what is known as reverse genealogy. This particular research technique brings the family genealogist an opportunity to locate journals, diaries, obituaries, newspaper articles, old letters and family Bibles which were thought to be lost.

In addition, for a short portion of each Tuesday program, the newly released Family Search/Family Tree will be delved into in detail with focus on the mastery of just one aspect of this comprehensive research tool. Family Search/Family Tree allows the public to access a large portion of the worldwide digitized and indexed census records, birth records, death records, burial records, marriage records, probate records, land records and military records which are held in the Family History Library. Unlike other available programs of this nature, there is no subscription fee required and no other fees charged in order to access these records.

The workshops, scheduled the first Tuesday of each month, feature methods of genealogical research both for the beginner and the seasoned genealogist and address both computer and manual techniques. The workshops are free and open to all. For further information about this event, call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:52

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Belmont Kindergarden Registration held during March 10th

BELMONT — Registration for kindergarten and first grade for the 2014-2015 school year will be held during the week of March 10th from 9:30-11:30 a.m at the school.

Children registering for kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 30,2014. Children registering for first grade must be six years old on or before September 30, 2014. Copy of birth certificate, immunization records, latest physical and proof of residency are required at time of registration.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:35

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Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation Annual Meeting

LACONIA — At its annual meeting on January 22,, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation re-elected the following officers: Paulette Loughlin, President, Michael Nolan, Vice President, Michael Muzzey, Treasurer, and Judi Tucker, Corporate Secretary. The four officers combined have a twenty-three year record of service to the foundation.

President Loughlin, commented that "if all of us fulfill our maximum term of nine years we will have given a combined thirty-six years to a wonderful cause.'' She added that the board was very pleased that trustees Susan Brown, Sandra Caulfield, Susanne Weldon-Francke and John Perley agreed to serve another term. Additionally, the board welcomed new trustees: Karin Salome and James Waldron.

This year the board lost two retiring board members, Sandy McGonagle and Douglas Scott.

"We thank them for their dedicated service to the foundation, and to its mission of helping college-bound students fulfill their educational and career goals" said Loughlin.

Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation scholarship applications are available at area high schools, or by contacting the office at 527-3533, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by downloading from the website www.lrscholarship.org under the applicant section. The deadline to submit completed 2014 applications is April 15.

The members of the foundation would also like to encourage graduating high school seniors to submit an entry for the John Mullen Essay Contest. Seniors planning to major in art-related fields are encouraged to participate in the Annalee Thorndike Art Competition as well. The LRSF website has further information and details on these specialized scholarship opportunities. Those interested in the Foundation may contact the scholarship office to obtain a copy of their 2013 year-end newsletter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:31

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