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Lousiana city using grant for home fire safety devices
Claims Journal
The Baker Fire Department is using a federal grant for an ambitious fire safety project — outfitting every home in the Louisiana city with a fire extinguisher and combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Fire Chief Danny Edwards tells The Advocate he applied for a Federal Emergency Management Agency Fire Prevention and Safety Grant in January and found out the agency was awarded $115,000 for the project in September.
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District leaders want panic buttons in all Seminole County, Fla., schools
After a fatal school shooting in Nevada, Channel 9 has learned Seminole County school leaders want to install panic buttons to keep children safe. Superintendent Walt Griffin wants to put the silent alarms, similar to ones used in banks, in every Seminole County school. Following the Sandy Hook shooting, district leaders looked at their security across the county and determined panic buttons were a low-cost safety measure that could save lives.
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Michigan state police offering emergency preparedness class
Michigan law enforcement officials say elementary schools statewide can enroll in a program to prepare students for emergencies or disasters. Student Tools for Emergency Planning — STEP for short — is being offered by the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. Officials say the federally funded program aims to teach fifth-graders potentially life-saving lessons about emergency preparedness.
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Bill that would lift Philadelphia nightclub ban to be amended
The Inquirer
A bill that would lift a ban on nightclubs and other places of assembly near the Delaware River in Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond will be amended so that the nightclub prohibition remains across the entire area. City planners have been discussing the bill introduced this summer by First District Councilman Mark Squilla with representatives of those communities, who feared the change would bring back the problems their neighborhoods had with such establishments back in the 1980s and '90s, said Natalie Shieh, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. She's been working on the bill.
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Mandatory flu shots for workers sets good example for everyone
Times of Trenton
It’s the time of year for a small dose of nagging that could prevent a lot of misery down the road. Get your flu shot. And make sure family members — especially those under 2 and over 65, those with asthma, diabetes or lung disease and pregnant women — are vaccinated as well. It’s not known yet what strains of flu may be around the corner, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A few cases already have cropped up around the country in advance of the traditional flu season, which peaks in January or February and can continue into May.
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Uneven enforcement suspected at nuclear plants
Claims Journal
The number of safety violations at U.S. nuclear power plants varies dramatically from region to region, pointing to inconsistent enforcement in an industry now operating mostly beyond its original 40-year licenses, according to a congressional study awaiting release. Nuclear Regulatory Commission figures cited in the Government Accountability Office report show that while the West has the fewest reactors, it had the most lower-level violations from 2000 to 2012 — more than 2.5 times the Southeast’s rate per reactor.
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Be safe around busses: It's 'School Bus Safety Week'
The Daily Record
If you happen to see a state trooper vehicle following a school bus, don't assume something's wrong. It's all a part of the Wooster, Ohio Post of the State Highway Patrol's "School Bus Safety Week" beginning Oct. 21 and running through Oct. 25. This year's theme is "Stand Back for Yellow and Black." "(The week) is an additional reminder for people to watch for kids and buses," said Lt. Stephanie Norman, the Wooster post commander. Throughout the week, Norman explained, the primary focus for the Wooster post — which covers Wayne and Holmes counties — is to follow any school buses they see to ensure everyone is acting according to law.
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