Join the Senior Center for fire safety trainingPublished 4:31pm Saturday, August 25, 2012
Massive fires continue to burn thanks to widespread drought and unusually high temperatures over the past month. Three million acres have gone up in flames since mid-July, and the fire season of 2012 now ranks in first place for the most acreage burned at this point in the year.
This brings the thought of fire to the front of our minds. Thank goodness this isn’t in Minnesota.
The threat of fire is always there. You fall soundly a sleep in your bed at night. Suddenly you’re awoken by the smell of smoke. Do you have a plan on what to do?
At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the Austin Fire Department will be at the Senior Center to help guide you through safety procedures for your home. We always think “that couldn’t ever happen to me” but don’t you want to be prepared just in case it ever does?
Get hands-on training using a fire extinguisher. For most people fire extinguishers are invisible red cans on walls, never looked at and rarely considered.
Just how important to society are fire extinguishers? It turns out very important. Often ignored, these life safety devices play a vital role in keeping us safe.
According to the most recent National Fire Protection Association data, in 2008 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,451,500 fires.
These fires resulted in 3,320 civilian fire fatalities, 16,705 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $15,478,000,000 in direct property loss.
Of these fires, 112,000 were responded to in commercial or municipal buildings. Of the over $15 billion in property damage, more than $3.811 billion took place in non-residential structures. This represents an average loss per reported incident in non-residential/commercial structures of over $34,000.
These facts, pure and simple, don’t tell the story of the true value of fire extinguishers to our society.
To sign up for this stop by the front desk or call 433-2370, ext. 0. See you there.
Monday: Yoga, 8 a.m.; blood pressure, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Exercise with Evie, 1 p.m.
Tuesday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; art class, 1 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; safety training (Austin Fire Department), 2 p.m.
Thursday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; Art Class 1, p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; computer class, 2 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.
Friday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards (Bridge), 12:30 p.m.
Weekly Card Results
Aug. 13, three tables
1st Carolyn Higgins, 2nd Joyce Fadness, 3rd Pat Swenson, 4th Mary Johnsen, 5th Larry Larson
Tuesday Duplicate Bridge
Aug. 14, five tables
1st Ray Schmidt, 1st Gail Schmidt, 2nd Larry Crowe, 2nd Arnie Lang, 3rd Bud Higgins, 3rd Jim Fisher, 4th Millie Seiver, 4th Lorraine Lippert
Aug, 14, three tables
1st Beulah Luthe, 2nd Willard Ballantyne, 3rd Eddie Hall, 4th Dorothy Stern
David Solomonson, Loretta Nelson, Quentin Fiala
Aug. 17, four tables
1st Jaynard Johnson, 2nd Mary Johnson, 3rd Joyce Fadness, 4th Loretta Nelson, 5th Harriet Oldenburg, 6th Shirley Knowlton
Aug. 15, 2 3/4 tables
2nd Dorothy Peterson, 3rd Helen Henschen
Aug. 17, six tables
1st Mildred Ballantyne, 2nd Gene Rauen, 3rd Willard Ballantyne, 4th Arnold Bergstrom, 5th Lois Anderson
Semcac Daily Meals
Monday: Meat lasagna
Tuesday: Swiss Steak
Wednesday: Shredded turkey on bun
Thursday: Crab Salad
Friday: Roast beef