Fire Prevention Week

Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere.

The first Saturday in the month of October, is the start of Fire Prevention Week.

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” is the theme for 2018 Fire Prevention Week.  The Fort Thomas Fire Department has started early with getting the message out. We have been giving tours of the fire department and bringing the fire safety house to all of the elementary schools in Fort Thomas. The children are excellent students and their parents may have been getting a lot of questions about smoke detectors, escape plans and meeting places. These are just some of the things we teach during the tours and at the fire safety house demonstrations. For homework, we have encouraged the students to talk to their parents about fire safety and escape plans at their own homes.

For the last five years the Fort Thomas Fire Department has teamed up with the Highlands High School Film and Broadcasting Department to create a Public Service Announcement for Fire Prevention Week. The only requirement is that they must incorporate the theme of the current year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. Mr. Poff, the head of the film department, assigns a group of students to the task. The students will present several ideas to the fire department and we pick which one best conveys the message to the public.

This year the group consisted of Jessica An, Katie Hall, and Melanie Parsons. The concept they created was perfect. You can view the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eFtbEN7DiQ

So, just like in the video, you and your children can be detectives and investigate fire safety around the house. Go to firepreventionweek.org for more information and fire safety sheets that can be downloaded.

Submitted by Chris Rust, Firefighter/Paramedic-Fort Thomas Fire Department

2018 Campbell County Clean Up and Hazardous Waste Events

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Why Volunteer?
Volunteers Needed for
Household Waste Collection Event
UC Health Stadium at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
YOU CAN CHOOSE TO WORK A FULL DAY OR A HALF DAY
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
CHILDREN OVER THE AGE OF 12 (ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT) CAN VOLUNTEER
THIS EVENT CAN BE USED TO FULFILL ANY COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
PRIDE IN GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

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SAFETY TIPS DURING DEER RUT SEASON

Be safe during Deer Rut Season

No matter where you drive – from rural roads to suburban streets and even highways around our cities – the threat of a collision with a deer is real.

Deer collision accidents are on the rise, partially because the deer are being displaced from their natural habitat by urban sprawl but also because the deer population is growing.

A Few Facts…

  •  Deer collisions are most likely to occur during deer breeding season – from October through early January.
  •  Prime times to find deer near the roadside are around dawn and from dusk to late evening.
  •  Deer are pack animals. So if you see one, be assured that others are usually close by.

Deer Season Driving Tips

  1. Always wear your seatbelt – Sixty percent of fatal animal crashes occurred when the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
  2. Know the likely deer-crossing zones – Whether or not a road is marked with a Deer Crossing Sign, be especially alert for deer when driving on roads or highways on the outskirts of town and in rural areas – especially where roads divide farm land from wooded land. Use your high beams – When driving at night, especially during peak hazard times, use your high-beam headlights when there is no on-coming traffic. This won’t necessarily deter the deer from entering the roadway, but it will increase visibility so that you can more easily spot the deer sooner.
  3. Know when deer are on the move – Be especially careful between 5AM and 8AM and between 5PM and midnight.
  4. Don’t rely on devices – Items like deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors have not been proven effective at deterring deer crossing roadways.
  5. Brake firmly if you notice a deer near the road – Slow down and stop if necessary.  Be careful not to swerve out of your lane either into on-coming traffic or off the shoulder and into a ditch.
  6. Keep your distance – If you do strike a deer, don’t approach it.  An injured deer is frightened and can injure you as well as further injuring itself.  If the deer is blocking the roadway, it poses a threat to other drivers; so call the authorities immediately.

Get your FREE Recycling Cart

Rumpke is offering residents of Fort Thomas a FREE recycling cart. ** Please note:  These carts are the property of Rumpke, Inc. and are to be used for recycling only.  If you already have a toter, you will be charged for another one.
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Mess Hall Commemorative Ornament

These ornaments are being sold at the Museum and the City Building for $20 a piece. Commemorate your wedding or special occasion by purchasing one of these keepsakes!

Watch Out for Scams

Over the past month we have seen an increase in cases involving fraud with the IRS and the tax filing season approaching. Several subjects have reported that an IRS tax return has already been filed or an attempt has been made to file a return when the victim has not completed their taxes yet. While this appears to be a national issue it is also affecting our area and city as well. Unfortunately, there is not a pro-active response that can prevent being victimized other than completing your taxes as soon as possible. Most people will not even know they’ve been victimized until they file their taxes and are notified by the IRS. A few steps to follow if this were to happen to you. The IRS request that you file a police report and then either contact the IRS ID Theft Hotline at 1-800-908-4490 or visit their website at www.irs.gov and follow the link for ID Theft. The victim must then fill out a two page affidavit with their current tax return (it must be paper not e-file). They also provide contact information for the 3 credit bureaus and other resources. It is NOT uncommon for a victim of the IRS scam to be a victim of additional ID theft through credit cards, bank accounts, etc.

Spring Clean Storm Drains

You can help protect public health, property and the environment by following some of these tips from SD1:

  • Sweep grass clippings, leaves and other debris off the street and away from storm drains. Dispose of all waste properly in trash receptacles or recycling bins.
  • Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly on your yard and landscaping.
  • Never dump, pour or wash oil, chemicals, paint, yard debris, trash or other substances down a storm drain.
  • Rake leaves and other debris from your yard and place them in plastic bags or trash bins for disposal.
  • During the winter months or in the event of a late snowfall, try to shovel ice and snow away from storm drains to maintain a clear opening.For more helpful tips and information about how to prepare for heavy precipitation, visit www.sd1.org/customerservice/raineventpreparation

Battery Row Productions Presents: A Historic Walking Tour of Fort Thomas Kentucky

Discover how a military barracks, bare-knuckle boxing ring, the gruesome murder of a pregnant woman, and a local pub contribute to the rich historical heritage of the City of Fort Thomas.
The Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum has worked for more than a year with Battery Row Productions to create this walking tour–a tour which is much more than just physically walking. It’s done with smart phones and QR codes or on computers. You will see ten signs throughout Tower Park and the Historic Midway with short explanations of special sites. On each of those signs are also QR codes which will link to further explanations on our website. If you do not have a smart phone, you’ll be able to look up the site and see the entire collection as well as interviews with our local historians, including Gloria Sisk, Linda Rankin, Erik Geiman, Scott Froendhoff, and Betty Daniels. Dozens of historic photos have been included.
We hope you’ll spend time learning more about our much loved City!

What Day is My Trash Picked Up?

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A Message from Rumpke, Inc.

Rumpke is asking all customers to wrap mattresses and box springs in plastic before stetting them out to the curb for pickup. Due to the overwhelming outbreak of bedbugs, this will help keep their drivers safe from infestation. Rolls of plastic can be found at most hardware stores and are fairly inexpensive. Customers are asked to contact Rumpke in advance before setting out large items. If the mattress and box spring is not wrapped in plastic or called in for a special pickup, the driver will leave a sticker on it with instructions on action to be taken before the item can be removed.