SnapJAX Stories: Clay firefighter’s wife witnesses JFRD rescue, shares lesson with video
In this week's SnapJAX Stories, a first-time snapper saw a fire truck with the lights on at a Southside gas station and knew it was an emergency. She pulled out her phone and started recording. Luckily, this story had a happy ending.
Free vessel safety checks this Friday, Saturday along Intracoastal Waterway
Auxiliary members of the U.S Coast Guard will be offering free vessel safety checks for boaters along the Intracoastal Waterway at boat ramps in Palm Coast and St. Augustine on Friday and Saturday as part of "Operation Shrimp and Grits."
Families need to be aware of these hidden drowning dangers for kids
More children drown between the months of May and August than any other time of the year. While no parent or relative ever thinks it could happen to their family, Florida has more young children who die from drowning than any other state in the country.
Space heater checklist: Gathering safely in the warmth of your home
Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department shared a video of flames and heavy smoke pouring out of a New Town Home. JFRD believes the blaze was sparked by a space heater. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2008 and 2010 there were nearly 1,200 fires caused by portable electric heaters each year. The CPSC says the following safety guidelines should always be followed when using space heaters:Never leave the heater on while unattended or while you’re sleeping. Make sure the heater is placed on a stable, level surface where it cannot be knocked over.
Don’t fight the fall: Tips from the pros
We have the details on how to keep you safe during your next free fall. This year, 7.9 million people will go to the emergency room because of a fall. Dante Alvarado is a professional stilt walker. “If you were to fall, don’t catch yourself with your hands because you want to minimize the distance between you and the ground when you fall and try to dissipate the energy. So, when you do fall, try to follow through or keep moving, tuck and roll almost,” said Alvarado, a Stilt Walker for Infinity Percussion 2019.
Median barrier coming where Hart Expressway merges with Beach Boulevard
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation will be installing a new barrier wall at the eastern end of the Hart Expressway where it merges with Beach Boulevard. Officials said work on approximately 600 feet of a concrete barrier wall in the existing median will begin this week. There are many businesses and schools on either side of Beach Boulevard in the area, including the River City Science Academy. It came after students were seen running in and out of traffic across Beach Boulevard to reach the school. Officials said the project will also include installing new directional signage for both Beach Boulevard and the Hart Expressway.
School crossing guards needed in Duval County
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office announced Wednesday a need for 20 school crossing guards throughout Duval County. In a post on Facebook, JSO said the positions are in certain ZIP codes across the city, including 32207, 32211, 32216, 32220, 32221, 32224, 32254, 32256, 32257, 32258. With the announcement, police also detailed certain measures community members can take to help get kids to school safely. Slow down to the posted speed during the posted times while driving through a school zone. Learn more and apply to be a crossing guard at: JoinJSO.com
Would you know what to do during a tornado? We have tips
As mid-May arrives, tornado season begins to reach its peak, proving to be a big threat, and nearly every state in the United States can experience a tornado. Having said that, do you know the safest things you can do for you and your family should a tornado strike near your home? Because of that, it’s smart to consider what room may be safest for you, in the event of a tornado. Mobile homes are simply not designed to withstand a tornado or strong winds in severe storms. [WATCH: When you see a tornado while driving, here’s what to do]The time to find shelter is when you are under a tornado warning, so while all of this is helpful information, the best thing you can do is know the signs before a tornado hits.
Safety at top of drivers’ minds when crossing Buckman Bridge
Safety at top of drivers’ minds when crossing Buckman BridgePublished: February 27, 2020, 6:22 pmA crash on the Buckman Bridge has News4Jax looking for answers on whether the artery between Mandarin and Clay County is safe enough for drivers.