• Service all heating systems and all gas-, oil- or coal-burning appliances by a technician annually.
• Install a battery-operated and electric-powered carbon monoxide detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911.
• Contact a doctor if you believe you have carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Do not use gas-powered devices such as a generator, grill or stove inside your home, basement or near a near a window or door. Generators should be operated more than 15 feet from the home.
• Do not run any gas-powered motor inside a closed structure, such as a garage.
Farmington Hills fire vehicles now carry new autism sensory, communication bags
Posted On: Feb 08, 2022
The Farmington Hills Fire Department added a new tool at its fire stations intended to provide even more compassion, commitment to the community, and dedication to with innovative emergency medical services.
Every responding fire vehicle now carries special autism sensory and communication bags. Each of these bags is equipped with tools to help firefighter/paramedics when they treat someone on the autism spectrum.
The autism sensory and communication bags contain items such as fidget spinners, squishy toys, play dough, and earmuffs designed to help calm the patient by reducing sensory stimuli and providing a sense of comfort. Members of the fire department are also equipped with emotion cards to help patients express their feelings and needs. Specialized training provides staff members with helpful strategies and tips for interacting with autistic individuals.
In September 2021, the Farmington Hills Fire Department participated in a “First Response Fights Autism” fundraiser where firefighters received pledges for a workout competition. This collaborative effort with Five Lakes CrossFit in Farmington Hills, which provided the funding for the donation of the new autism sensory and communication bags. The event was originally created by CrossFit 8 Mile and the Southgate Fire Department, then spread to other departments throughout the metro Detroit area.
“We are grateful to everyone who took part in this fundraiser,” Farmington Hills Fire Lt. Jim Etzin said. “We now have important tools and resources at our disposal that will help us improve the care we provide to our patients on the autism spectrum.”
For more information, contact Lt. Jim Etzin at 248-871-2807.