Springville Police Department
110 South Main Street
Springville, UT 84663
Tel 801 489-9421
Emergency Dial 911
PUBLIC URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Springville’s Department of Public Safety is urging citizens to take precautions against a deadly and silent danger that may be lurking in their homes.
Each year in America, more than 150 people die from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning associated with consumer products. These products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fire places.
Keeping with the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” we would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from the deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
First understand what CO is. It is often called the “silent killer”, because you cannot see it, taste it, or smell it. It can be created when fossil fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane or wood do not burn properly. CO poisoning can result from faulty furnaces of other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers or cars left running in garages.
Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, nausea and drowsiness. Exposure to undetected high levels of carbon monoxide can be fatal.
Protect yourself and your family by installing a laboratory tested CO detector like “UL” or others, these detectors provide early warning of carbon monoxide.
Follow the manufacturer recommendation for installation and placement but they should be installed in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
CO alarms are not a substitute for smoke alarms, however there are some models that perform both smoke and CO detection.
Test your detector monthly and replace if they are faulty, sensors in CO detectors have a limited life.
Know the difference between a low-battery alarm and the sound of CO alarm. Usually an intermittent beep is an indicator of a low battery, if you change batteries and the sound persists, gets to a fresh air location and call 911.
Note: a Detector (Smoke or CO) in full alarm will emit a steady loud tone. Intermittent beeps usually indicate the battery is low or the detector is dirty or worn out and needs replacement.
Precautions you can take:
- Have fuel-burning equipment (fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, wood stoves, coal stoves, space heaters and portable heaters) and chimneys inspected by a professional every year.
- Open the damper for proper ventilation before using the fireplace.
- Never use your oven or stove top to heat your home. The CO gas might kill people and pets.
- When purchasing new heating and cooking equipment, select products tested and labeled by recognized testing laboratories.
- Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning, keep vents clear and unobstructed.
- If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it.
- Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open.
- Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice or other material. The CO gas might kill people and pets inside the vehicle.
- Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
- Only use barbecues grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings. Never use grills inside the home or the garage.
- Use portable generators outdoors in well-vented areas away from all doors, windows, vents and other buildings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.
If your CO alarm sounds:
- Immediately move to a fresh air location (outdoors or by an open window or door).
- Make sure everyone in the home is accounted for.
- Call 911 from a fresh air location.
- Remain at a fresh air location until emergency personnel arrive to assist you!
Let’s all have a safe, warm autumn and winter this year!
NEW EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
FOR SPRINGVILLE AND MAPLETON
Springville Utah – August 6, 2015
During the past few weeks, Springville City has begun the roll-out of a new notification system. We here at the Department of Public Safety are excited to see this great new way for us to deliver emergency alerts to our community. Our system uses a couple of methods to deliver important information to citizens of Springville and Mapleton.
The first line of notification uses technology from a company called “Everbridge.” “Everbridge” allows the Department to send out voice emergency notices to your home and/or cell phones. It also allows those same messages to be sent via text messages and email! And while we are still working some of the bugs out of the system, it is growing daily! Our “emergency notice” listings now include more than twenty-thousand names and phone numbers!
Our second line of notification is via “Twitter.” During emergencies, and as time and manpower allow, the Department of Public Safety will send out “tweets” from our SpringvilleDPS account on Twitter. These tweets can only be received by Twitter subscribers who ‘follow’ SpringvilleDPS. We are rapidly approaching nine hundred “followers!” The advantage to the tweets we send out is that we are ‘followed’ by local news media, and they routinely ‘re-tweet’ emergency or public safety information.
Our last line of notification is our website. Once emergency conditions and manpower needs allow, we’ll be updating this news and announcements page on our website. This final step is more of a follow-up step, rather than a notification system, but we’ll be able (after the event) to provide more information to the public. Not all public safety events will be highlighted on our website, but we’ll do our best to keep the public informed.
If you haven’t done so, you can also sign up for community news alerts (non-emergency alerts) by clicking on this link: http://www.springville.org/citizen-alert/ which will take you to the “opt in” page for the Everbridge system. There you can outline your preferences as to what sorts of messages you want to receive from the City.
Our Emergency Notification Systems are dynamic. They are continually growing and we are always evaluating and trying to improve our service to the community. We hope you’ll take advantage of this new service, and that you’ll follow us… both on Twitter and on this website!
If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to contact us by clicking HERE.
Second Fire Chars Hillside
Springville, UT – Saturday, August 2, 2014
A fire broke out this afternoon, shortly before two, causing some alarm for homeowners along the east bench of Springville. According to officers on scene, a man had begun using a powered weed cutter in an effort to help his neighbor clear weeds from a vacant lot on the east end of Center Street, when a spark ignited the dry grass he was cutting.
The man immediately tried to stomp out the fire, but the extreme fire conditions caused the blaze to quickly get out of hand. As soon as he saw the hopelessness of his efforts, 911 was called and Springville Fire Department responded. They soon called for assistance from Mapleton and Utah County Fire Departments, to make certain the fire didn’t escape and race up the hillside.
Fortunately the fire was surrounded by two paved city streets, giving firefighters a man-made fire break and a great position from which to battle the fire. For a period of time, one home was in the path of the fire, reaching the scrub oak in their back yard. Firefighters quickly knocked the fire back and before long it was out.
Crews worked for some time after the blaze was extinguished to ‘mop up’ any hot spots and prevent a reigniting of the fire.
Damage was limited to the grass and shrubbery. There were no injuries reported.
~Fire Started by Fireworks~
Springville Department of Public Safety
Fire crews from five agencies responded to a fire on the east bench area of Springville during the early morning hours. Springville, Utah County, Mapleton, Spanish Fork and Salem fire fighters were called at about 2:20 this morning to a blaze burning at the east end of 400 South. According to Police, at least two teenagers were playing with fireworks just east of the city limits, when sparks ignited the tinder-dry grass nearby. The teens reportedly called for help, but the extreme fire conditions caused the blaze to spread quickly.
Here is a short series of video clips from the scene:
(There are also photographs below.)
Firefighters responded along the east edge of the City and set up a defensive line to protect the homes in the immediate area. Several residents were evacuated as a precaution, while others were put on notice to be ready to leave if winds shifted and pushed the fire toward their homes.(At least ten homes were evacuated, with another forty homes being put on ‘stand-by’.) Police officers blocked access to the area, while EMS (medical) personnel stood by in case of injury. Those evacuated were sent to a local LDS church building until they were given the all clear to return home.
According to Springville’s Fire Chief, the fire was burning toward homes in the “Spring Canyon” area, but firefighters were able to stop the advancing flames with no loss of property. Winds then shifted the fire away from those homes. The fire is currently about 1500 yards from the nearest structure, and is moving toward the Hobble Creek Canyon area.
By ten in the morning, air support had arrived. Two SEAT aircraft, with a capacity of about 800 gallons of water each, began dropping water on the fire. They were joined by a “Type 3″ helicopter that carries a 125 gallon “bucket”, a KMAX helicopter, with a 700 gallon capacity, and a large “Sky Crane” helicopter. The Sky Crane has a tank capacity of 2,650 gallons.
Two heavy air tankers (a C130 and a P2V Neptune) joined the fight as the day went on, first dropping water, then later dropping fire retardant. These tankers carry between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons of water or retardant each.
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