To The Daily Sun,
It is a known fact by the fire service that smoke detectors save lives and reduce fire damage. However, according to recent research by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) almost two thirds of all home fire deaths in this country resulted from fires with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Roughly half of all home fire deaths resulted from fires that occurred at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. It is very disconcerting to read the statistics. Fires in residential properties are down from 30 and 40 years ago; primarily due to early detection. Unfortunately just last year the number of fire deaths in one and two family homes increased by 21 percent. If you study fire deaths and home fires the death rate per 1,000 homes has stayed the same for the past 40 years. There are less fires but the death rate has remained the same. One concern is smoke alarms that are no longer effective. Another concern is the rapid fire growth rate caused by modern fire environment. This article will focus on smoke alarms.
It is recommended that any smoke alarm more than 10 years old should be replaced. If you are unsure when you placed the smoke alarm in your home then I recommend replacing it. I write the date inside the alarm and on the battery with a marker to remind myself. It is also extremely important to sleep with the bedroom doors closed. A closed bedroom door can hold back smoke and toxic gases from a fire in another room or lower level.
The fire department suggests you install smoke alarms and follow these instructions:
— Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Preferably mount them on the ceiling about 16 inches away from a wall.
— If possible, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
— Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
— Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don't respond properly.
— Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it and practice with your family how to react to a smoke alarm.
— Finally, we recommend at least one carbon monoxide detector preferably near the bedrooms
I'll write about carbon monoxide alarms and the modern fire environment at a later date.
Chief Ken Erickson
Laconia Fire Department
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:06
To The Daily Sun,
We all know that a good education is essential for the future of New Hampshire's kids as well as for the vitality and the economic future of the state itself. Unfortunately our students graduate from the state's college system with the highest average debt in the country. This means that many of our young people cannot afford the education they need and deserve. More of them are having to go out of state for their learning and for their career. We are losing our younger generation and New Hampshire is left poorer.
One of Laconia's candidates for state representative has seen how vital education is to making our state strong. Tom Dawson has a lifelong record that shows when it comes to our students and schools he walks the walk and doesn't just talk the talk.
Tom Dawson's mother was a lifelong teacher and his father was a teacher and then a school principal. His sister was also a teacher and a principal. Tom knows the value of education from his own life. He worked hard and achieved a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University. He created a college curriculum in Fire Technology in Delaware and designed and set up the Fire Protection Program at Lakes Region Community College. He taught at LRCC, retiring as a professor. And Tom was elected and served for nine years on the Laconia School Board as well as serving as a substitute teacher in grades 1 through 12 in central New Hampshire public schools.
He also knows budgets and the need to be a steward of taxpayer money. Tom acted as the chief financial officer for the Houston Fire Department and built and oversaw a budget of over $130 million.
Dr. Dawson supports public education and the need to make it top quality, available, and affordable. He knows that for our children it is the first step that can help them build a better life for themselves and their families. He has seen things close-up from the 1st grade to graduate school. He will advocate and work for state support of education at all levels. And he has shown in his career that he is able to do diligent research and then work with others of all viewpoints to come up with real solutions.
Better education benefits all New Hampshire residents: Children, parents, workers, business owners, taxpayers, and retirees. We need representatives in Concord who understand the importance of education and have the background and experience that prove it. That is why I urge Laconia voters to mark their ballots for Thomas William Dawson for state representative.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:04
To The Daily Sun,
I want to go on record as endorsing Lisa Scott for the office of Carroll County Register of Deeds.
Lisa worked effectively for clients as a real estate paralegal in my law firm for more than 30 years, primarily searching real estate titles. She knows why it is important to keep accurate land records and make them accessible to the public. She understands the importance of dealing congenially with the public and is honest, reliable, and willing to work the long hours needed for the position.
Lisa Scott will bring these excellent credentials to the office and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont as well as many years' experience as a small-business owner in Sandwich.
I believe Lisa Scott is the person best qualified to be the next Carroll County Register of Deeds.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:01
To The Daily Sun,
I became acquainted with state Sen. Jeanie Forrester when I first learned of the ill-conceived project, Northern Pass, and contacted her with my concerns. She has fought tirelessly over these past four years for the protection of our property values and the beauty of our state. She has never wavered in her resolve to ensure that the proposed 1,500 steel towers do not litter our beautiful state.
However, her constituent service only begins at protecting the citizens of New Hampshire against the conscience-lacking Northern Pass executives who have tried to buy their way through our state.
Senator Forrester is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and as such, she has tried to keep a watchful eye out for our interests, specifically, a governor who refused to provide records of the spending of her departments until the law required that she turn them over. While projections of revenue were right on target, it was the governor who let us down by overspending upward of $22 million. Because of Sen. Forrester's perseverance, Gov. Hassan has finally admitted she needs to find ways to cut the spending of the departments under her control.
Please join me in voting for Sen. Forrester so she can continue to bring common sense to Concord.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:59
To The Daily Sun,
I have been quite entertained with the back and forth that began with Bob Meade sending a website to Marty proving the persecution of Christians (probably Fox Howler Todd Starnes' site GodlessAmerica). Russ Wiles doesn't like Marty's answer and Steve Earle thinks Marty is stupid and Dale Channing Eddy thinks we should stop the name calling. So, what is name calling? Firstly, they are labels meant to degrade and diminish someone's worth so name calling isn't just calling someone a stupid libtard or a hallucinating conservatard. It actually covers considerably more territory. What is the difference between Steve Earle calling Marty stupid and Russ Wiles calling Obama a lawless dictator? There is no difference because they are untrue to begin with. None of us are stupid and Obama isn't a dictator or a fascist or a socialist except as defined in the New Huckabee Conservatard Dictionary. And what of Dale Channing Eddy who wants us to stop calling people names but then takes a break midway in that same letter - in parentheses - to call Obama incompetent? Using a word in a way that doesn't fit its definition in the dictionary is name calling because his opinion is hyperbole, not fact based. The stock market is at 17,000, Iraq war is ended, unemployment at lowest since recession, the child immigration surge is over, the deficit has been cut in half (Reagan tripled it), and we have far more healthcare options now shows a competence that passes the test. In fact, he has accomplished much more than the religious fundamentalists or economic libertarians wanted. Its been a "disaster" for the fringes.
And how about those who accuse others of being hateful just because the other person incinerates their ideas in a not so congenial way? That is name calling too because none of us are really hateful. Possibly contemptuous, disdaining, disrespecting, and angry maybe, but its not hate. Hate is black. People often project too much of their own way of thinking on to others' letters; psychological projection is a weakness that has no place in a debate. So when you use labels within what we consider our opinions, you can be just as offensive and wrongheaded and name calling as someone who uses gutter talk like stupid or heartless scumbag. Its all about painting someone with distortions and misinformation. These methods are all of the same species so lets not pretend they aren't. False accusations, deliberate mislabeling, and trash talking are all just siblings of the same family meant to degrade and insult. Its all name calling. In fact, who can call me anything you want. Everyone does it in their own way from behind the mighty keyboard. Just ask those barking dogs at Fox.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:56