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Important Clothes Dryer Safety Tips

Fires caused by dryer vent lint are one of the biggest causes of residential fires. Based on a report by The U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to fire departments each year.

While house hunting be informed of the last time the dryer vents were cleaned out and request the dryer vents and ducts be cleaned out before you purchase your home. If you live in an apartment, you share the dryer with different individuals. If your clothes are still wet after being in the dryer for an hour or the clothes feel extremely hotter than normal let your manager know.

There are two ways that you can tell if something is wrong with the dryer:
1. If you have a big load of clothing that has been drying for 1 hour and is still not dry.
2. If your clothes at the end of the drying cycle feels hotter than usual.

It's important to clean the filter after every cycle in order to decrease dryer vent fires. Even after one cleans the filter of a dryer, lint can accumulate and reduce airflow and can create a potential fire hazard. All the dust that accumulates over time and not maintaining the dryer machine can over heat and cause a fire. It is important for the vents and ducts to be cleaned out so air can flow and keep the dryer cool.

Safety Checklist:
  • Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
  • Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Check the outdoor vent to make sure it is not covered by snow.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Don’t overload your dryer (follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions).
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  • Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.


Main-Transit Firefighter Carol Jackson Receives Williamsville PTSA Service to Youth Award

Williamsville PTSA Council honored three individuals for their service to the children of the Williamsville Central School District at its 57th Annual Service to Youth Awards Celebration on May 12.

Carol Jackson (pictured left), a math teacher at South High School, received the professional award, recognizing her nearly two decades as teacher and faculty advisor for numerous student clubs, perhaps most notably, the AFS Club for foreign exchange students. Mrs. Jackson is also a volunteer firefighter with the Main Transit Fire Department, where she works with the Explorer Program giving teens the opportunity to learn about emergency services first-hand. In his introduction of Mrs. Jackson, South Principal Keith Boardman used a Disney analogy, describing how she is always looking to "bump the lamp" or go the extra mile to make things better and more special for her students.

Mary Faracca (pictured right), athletic assistant at East High School, received the support staff award, which was presented by East Principal Scott Taylor. Mrs. Faracca has worked at East since 2003 and is commonly referred to as the "School Mom" by students and staff alike. She is a die-hard Flames fan, attending countless games and cheering on 'her' East players from the sidelines. Mrs. Faracca is also an East High parent, with the youngest of her three children currently a junior.

The 2014 volunteer awardee is Jim Montgomery (pictured middle), PTSA Council Treasurer and an active member of the Forest Elementary and Mill Middle PTAs. According to his nominator, parent Amie Vredenburg, Mr. Montgomery is the go-to parent who readily volunteers for any activity that benefits children or the school community. She credits him with leading by example and getting more dads involved in PTA activities as well. The energetic and devoted father of three was also the subject of one of the evening's most memorable moments when his two young daughters serenaded him with the country ballad, "My Daddy Loves Me".

A string quintet comprised of East High student musicians performed Mozart's "Quintet No. 4 in G Minor" in a salute to Mrs. Faracca while pianist Sophie Xu-Friedman, a freshman at South High, performed Reinhold Gliere's "Prelude Op. 43, No. 1" in honor of Mrs. Jackson.

Dr. Craig Schmidt served as the Service to Youth Committee Chairman. PTSA Council Co-Presidents Amanda Simondson and Jami Knapp offered welcoming remarks and Tom Unger served as master of ceremonies. Superintendent Scott Martzloff delivered the closing remarks.



2014 Greater Buffalo Emergency Services Conference

In an effort to ensure that the residents of the Main-Transit fire district receive the highest quality out-of-hospital care available through medical oversight, provider education and training, information dissemination and continuous quality improvement activities -- five Main-Transit firefighters attended the 2014 Greater Buffalo Emergency Services Conference.

The Conference (presented by the Office of Prehospital Care of University Emergency Medical Services) took place on May 3rd through the 4th. The Main-Transit firefighters attended workshops on a variety of topics such as Home Improvement Trauma, Sports Injuries, Geriatric Care, and more.

Presenting at the conference was John Bielinski, MS, RPA-C, a national lecturer on emergency medicine and extraordinary patient care. Dr. Joseph Bart rounded out the speaker list, a Board Certified Emergency Physician at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY and former Paramedic. Dr. Bart has lectured at numerous state conferences across the United States in keynote speaking roles.

For more information visit www.buffaloemsconference.com


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