In addition to a smoke alarm, the fire marshal's office recommends having a carbon monoxide detector at home. Northern Indiana Public Service Company is also reminding customers of the danger, noting carbon monoxide is a by-product of the combustion of fuels such as coal, wood, charcoal, natural gas and fuel oil. It can be emitted by furnaces, space heaters, stoves, fireplaces, water heaters and automobile exhaust, and can accumulate in enclosed spaces.
Fact sheet from www.in.gov : http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/carbon_monoxide.pdf
Information from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Indiana Fire Marshal's Office:
In addition to a smoke alarm, Indiana Fire Marshal Jim Greeson also recommends having a carbon monoxide detector at home if any types of fuel (kerosene, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) are used for heating or cooking.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and nonirritating gas created when these fuels burn incompletely. It is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States and can cause similar symptoms to the common cold or flu, such as headaches, nausea and dizziness.
“The dangers of carbon monoxide exposure depend on a number of factors, including a person’s health and activity level,” said Greeson. “Small children, pregnant women, and those with health conditions can be severely affected by smaller amounts of carbon monoxide than healthy adults.”
Hoosiers should follow these recommendations for carbon monoxide detectors:
- Install in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
- Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds.
- Test CO alarms at least once a month, replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.
- Some manufacturers sell combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
For more information about safely using heating equipment, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov .
Additional Information from NIPSCO:
“Knowing the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and precautions to take will help ensure the safety of your home and everyone in it,” said NIPSCO’s Chief Operating Officer Mike Finissi. “Every home should have a working carbon monoxide detector and have appliances checked every year to make sure they are operating safely.”
The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are flu-like, including headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. At high levels, it can cause loss of consciousness and death.
If you think you are suffering from CO poisoning, you should get fresh air immediately and call 911.
Information from NIPSCO to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
· Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home, making sure it’s clear of furniture or draperies. Test the battery regularly.
· Have a qualified technician inspect all your fuel-burning equipment every year to make sure they are operating correctly.
· Do not use ovens, gas ranges or grills to heat your home.
· Never use a generator inside your home, basement, garage or other enclosed or partially enclosed areas.
· Never leave a car or lawn mower engine running in a shed or garage, or in any enclosed space.
For more important safety tips, visit www.NIPSCO.com/StaySafe ...
A special spruce got a new home over the weekend, just in time for the Christmas season. The twenty-five tree at Forest Park in Valparaiso was in the path of a path that's being built, and Horticulture Superintendent Steve Martinson suggested moving her to the island at the new five-points roundabout rather than lose her. The tree is said to be one of the trees in downtown Valpo back in the 1980s decorated during for the holidays and later planted in parks. The city is planning to decorate her again this holiday season in a special tree-lighting and roundabout opening ceremony in late November. [Photo/Valparaiso Parks, showing the spruce tree now in the middle of the five-points roundabout during moving day. Project Management Director, Don McGinley, center, talks with workers from Lakeshore Landscaping after the tree was replanted Saturday]...
More than five-hundred people took part in the inaugural Dawn of the Dunes Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K at Marquette Park in Gary Sunday morning, the first marathon hosted by the city. The course for the event traveled through some residential, hilly and wooded areas. Finishing first in the full marathon was 48-year-old Jeff Mescal of Lowell, at just under two-hours, 50-minutes. The Gary Parks Department put together a charity team that participants could join to raise money toward reopening city pools at public parks in 2014. [Photo courtesy/Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson]...
The Valparaiso Parks Department and Fit City Council hosted their first-ever "Monster Dash" at Central Park Plaza Sunday [October 27, 2013]. The 5K event also included a 1K Family Fun Run that was led by Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas. Participants also had an opportunity to purchase a Fit City Challenge membership for $10, entitling you to special programming from November 4 to December 28 at Boys and Girls Club (Valpo facility), eStudio Z fitness, Fuel Fitness, Integrated Movement, Region Crossfit, Top Fuel Crossfit, and Valparaiso Family YMCA. "Our goal is to be the fittest city in Indiana," said Mayor Costas. You can hear more from our interview earlier with Barbie Johnson of Valparaiso Parks here at our website at News Audio on Demand. [Photo/Valparaiso Parks]...
Look for extended restrictions at the Lake Station Indiana Toll Road exit beginning today (Monday Oct 28). Restrictions will start at Milepost 21 as the ramp bridges will be replaced where the Indiana Toll Road, Borman Expressway and State Road 51 converge. The project begins with the closure of the westbound exit ramp to Interstate 94, which will last about a year-and-a-half. The entire existing bridge deck and superstructure, along with the concrete pier caps, will be removed. Traffic seeking to exit at Milepost 21 will be diverted to Exit 17, Gary East to take I-65 south and reconnect with I-94. Exits 17 and Exit 21 on the toll road are both free exits. The entire project is expected to be completed in April 2015. [Image/ITR Concession Co]...
107.1 The Z (WZVN-FM) was nominated in the categories Station of the Year and Radio Station Broadcast Personality or Team, Annie Fox in the Morning. Two news entries are among the top three nominees in the categories of Breaking News Story, for coverage of the downtown Valparaiso fire in early March (Indiana 105 WLJE-FM) , and Newscast (X-Rock 103.9 WXRD-FM) . Two of the top three finalists in the category of Commercial Series were for commercials for American Natural Resources (X-Rock) and 1 Source PI (107.1 The Z). Indiana 105 was also nominated in the category of Website/Multimedia.
“We have an amazing group of broadcasters,” said Radio One Communications President Leigh Ellis. “We're honored to have been nominated in the top three across a variety of categories. Our staff works hard to provide top-quality radio programming for Northwest Indiana, and it's great to see their efforts recognized again this year on a statewide basis,” said Ellis.
The 26th Anniversary Spectrum Awards are November 9 in Indianapolis. Stations compete according to market size. The competition is open to all FCC licensed radio stations and television stations in Indiana.
In the past several years, Radio One Communications has won several Spectrum Awards, including First Place awards in news, commercial, promotional, and cross-platform categories, including two first place awards last year for the Indiana 105 Dawn Patrol with Steve Zana, Laura Waluszko and Scott Rosenberg for Best Radio Station Broadcast Personality or Team, and Special Interest and Cultural Programming on X-Rock 103.9 for “The 219 - Crown Point Marriage Mill” written and produced by Scott Rosenberg.
Radio One Communications is the owner/operator of four radio stations serving Northwest Indiana: WAKE-AM AM-1500, WLJE-FM Indiana 105.5, WXRD-FM X-Rock 103.9, and WZVN-FM 107.1 The Z.
Radio One Communications will be 49 years old on November 4th. The company was founded by Country Radio Disc Jockey Hall of Famer and Country Music Association (CMA) Charter Member (Card Number One) Leonard “Uncle Len” Ellis and his wife Bee, and remains family-owned by the Ellis family to this day....
The 2013 IHSAA Prep Football tournament began Friday night.. For the first time there will be 6 state champions in Indiana, as the state now features 6 classes.
Sectional scores from match-ups in the Region include Penn over Portage 28-7...Chesterton over Valparaiso 31-3.... Morton falls to East Chicago Central 26-21.... Andrean beating Knox 58-6.... Boone Grove over host Wheeler 7-6..... Whiting over LaVille 29-17.... Merrillville over Lafayette Jeff 39-18... Bowman Academy over River Forest in overtime 26-20 …. Mishawaka defeats La Porte 38-14.... West Side over Lowell 30-9... Culver Community over South Central 36-33... South Bend St. Joseph defeats Hobart 42-28.... Lake Central beats Crown Point 9-6.... Griffith 50, Clark 36..... Highland 55, Gavit 6.....Rensselaer 52, Bishop Noll 19.... Hammond 41, Roosevelt 0...New Prairie 62, Kankakee Valley 0...... North Judson 50, North Newton 6....
Work on the new roundabout at State Road 49 and Vale Park Road is complete, but there are still some finishing touches ahead in the area of landscaping. Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission Executive Director Stu Summers says the commission approved getting some of the work started this Fall. Summers says permission for the work is necessary from the Indiana Department of Transportation because the land belongs to INDOT. [Image provided]...
Indiana Governor Mike Pence received his flu shot this week.
The shot was administered at the Governor's Office in Indianapolis Thursday, where Governor Pence was joined by a Kroger pharmacist who gave the shot and State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess. [Photos/Indiana Governor's Office]...
The Rev. Anthony Janik, spiritual care services director at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, who was involved in formulation of the program, said it expands chaplains’ opportunities to deal with spiritual distress issues and assistance requests.
“We can help people find answers to their grief and depression, to their concerns over chronic illnesses, end-of-life issues, crises of faith, or their intentions for loved ones who may be ill or have been in an accident. We can help by offering coping mechanisms; we want to help bring a resolution to their difficulty.”
Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer chaplain Augustine Duru, who originated the proposal locally, said he learned of similar programs being conducted elsewhere and thought the idea would well serve Franciscan Alliance, as time and technology have evolved.
“I thought our system could benefit from electronic platforms for in-house and outpatients and the community in general. This creates a listening ear; another opportunity for engagement and outreach, for people we can’t reach physically,” Duru said, adding, “We offer prayer, support and confidentiality for people when they need it most.”
To become certified, chaplains must complete one year of clinical pastoral education training, followed by continuing education and recertification every five years.
E-mail contact forms are available by visiting the websites of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond and Franciscan Healthcare-Munster. Visitors should click on “Patients & Visitors” and then on “e-chaplaincy,” found on the left side of the page, under “As A Patient.”
Chaplains are available daily to compile requests and to respond as needed....
The full text of the letter is below:
October 25, 2013
Dear Superintendent Ritz,
In the interest of transparent dialogue about the future of education in Indiana, we are offering this open letter requesting that you join us in starting anew to work on behalf of the students and schools that we all care about deeply.
We, the members of the State Board of Education, are teachers, school administrators, professors and professionals in higher education and business. We are bipartisan, and we don’t believe politics have any business in education. We work every day to give students new opportunities in our own classrooms, schools, institutions of higher education and communities.
We did not run for elected office, but when we were called upon to serve the students, teachers and schools in this state as members of the State Board of Education, we were humbled and honored to answer the call. We would have been happy to work to better education in Indiana in relative obscurity, as we have no higher aspiration than to ensure our state and our children have access to the best education possible.
Now we find ourselves embroiled in a lawsuit. Named individually as defendants and accused of having a secret meeting that never took place. While you have access to in-house representation, we do not.
As you know, the State Board of Education has a statutory responsibility for developing education policy in this state. We appreciate your expression on Thursday of your respect for us as individuals. We respect your role as the chair of our board and your statutory obligation as the head of the Indiana Department of Education. However, the State Board of Education is a shared governance board, and we ask that you respect our duties as board members as well.
Superintendent, you have said repeatedly that you have worked to communicate openly with us. And yet, we have been continually frustrated by our emails and requests that go unanswered, missed deadlines, and a lack of progress on issues that are critical to the success of our students and our schools. However, in the interest of our students—the future of our state—we are ready to set that aside and start over.
On Thursday in your press conference you stated: “I look forward to continuing to work to improve education for all Indiana students in a fair, transparent and collaborative manner.” We share that goal, but actions speak louder than words. If you truly want to work in a collaborative manner, then we ask that you drop this lawsuit, put politics aside, and come to the table ready to put the interests of students, teachers and schools first.
It is time to get to work. We welcome your assistance on education policy, and we look forward to your response....
Reality Store thespians will be able to attend a training session on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Indiana Wesleyan University starting at 5:30pm to help you become acquainted with your starring role.
Hear more information from Michael White, Indiana Wesleyan University, here online at News Audio on Demand....
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- Board Adopts New Rule for Indiana Doctors
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- Indiana Prep Football Tourney Getting Underway
- Cedar Lake's 2nd Annual Trunk Or Treat Food Drive
- Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday
- Region Invited To Coast To Coast Bully Walk
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