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SafetyTIPS: Halloween & Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe with a few easy safety tips.

  • Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.
  • When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Think about using face paint or make-up as an alternative to masks. Children in awkward costumes or masks with limited vision can fall easily.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Remind children to stay together as a group and walk from house to house.
  • Review how to safety cross a street with your child. Look left, right, and left again to be sure no cars are approaching before crossing the street.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Restrict trick-or-treating visits to homes with porch or outside lights on.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
  • Make a rule that children will not eat any treat until it has been brought home and examined by a grown up.


 Portland Fire & Rescue

 We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

 October 28, 2011

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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If you have expired or unused prescription drugs in your home, Saturday is your opportunity to dispose of them safely. In an ongoing effort to fight prescription-drug abuse by adults and teenagers in the United States, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled October 29, 2011 as a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

On Saturday, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., people can safely dispose of their unwanted or unused prescription drugs at designated collection sites around the country.

Below is a list of local drop-off sites:

Aloha High School

8550 SW Kinnaman Road, Aloha


Beaverton Police Department

Beaverton City Hall

4755 SW Griffith Drive in Beaverton


Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Public Safety Training Center parking lot

12700 SE 82nd Avenue in Clackamas


Clark County Sheriff's Office

Fisher's Landing Transit Center

3510 SE 164th Avenue in Vancouver


Lake Oswego Police Department

Lake Oswego Adult Community Center

505 G Avenue Lake in Oswego


Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

12240 NE Glisan in Portland


OHSU Department Of Public Safety

Oregon Health & Sciences University emergency room

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road in Portland


Portland Police Bureau - Central Precinct

Portland State University Campus

1880 SW 6th Avenue in Portland


Portland Police Bureau - East Precinct

Gateway Fred Meyer parking lot

1111 NE 102nd in Portland


Portland Police Bureau - North Precinct

North Interstate Fred Meyer parking lot

7404 North Interstate Avenue in Portland


Sherwood Police Department

20495 SW Borchers Dr., Sherwood


Tigard Police Department

Tigard City Hall

13125 SW Hall Blvd in Tigard


Tualatin Police Department

8650 SW Tualatin Road in Tualatin


West Linn Police Department

22825 Willamette Dr, West Linn


Wilsonville Public Works Building

30000 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville

If you are unable to visit one of the above collection sites on Saturday, click here for resources and information for proper disposal of unused medication.

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 We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

 October 28, 2011

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Disaster Drill Simulates Airplane Crash into Jeld-Wen Field

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On October 25, 2011 during the dinner hour, Portland Chiefs and Firefighters from Stations 3, 4, 15, 18, and 24 took part in a multi-company drill alongside ambulance personnel from AMR and Metro West. Dr. Jui, Portland Fire & Rescue's EMS medical direction as well as the Multnomah County Medical Director, was on hand to provide direction and support as well.

The drill, conducted at Jeld-Wen Field, simulated a joined response to a Multiple Casualty Incident (MCI) involving a small plane crashing into the stadium during a soccer game.  An MCI is defined as any incident in which emergency medical services resources, such as personnel and equipment, are overwhelmed by the number and severity of casualties.  Events such as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the September 11 attacks in 2001 are well publicized examples of mass casualty incidents.

During the exercise, firefighters worked together to focus on triaging and performing initial rescue related operations, including fire suppression and providing medical care. Ambulance responders were responsible for coordinating how potential victims could be transported to hospitals for additional care.

Portland Lieutenant Stephenie Bowen, Engine 3, coordinated the joint exercise that tested the readiness and response of local emergency responders and medical personnel from several agencies.

Photos courtesy of Portland Fire Deputy Chief Jeff Bancroft. Additional photos of the drill can be viewed here.

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 October 28, 2011

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NEWS RELEASE 10/28/11: Media Advisory on Occupy Portland Walk-Through

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October 28, 2011

2:42 PM

Media Advisory: This afternoon at 4:00 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue will be walking through the Occupy Portland camp offering tips for keeping safe and warm during cold weather.



   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   October 28, 2011 


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