Last week your all volunteer Princeton Fire Department responded to nine 911 requests. Six were alarm system activations, one was a carbon monoxide alarm, one was to investigate an odor and one was for spilled gasoline in the roadway.
The Princeton Fire Department is actively recruiting for new members. We send you to fire school, provide you with a pager and get you all set up to become a volunteer firefighter in your own community. Make new friends, learn all the tools on the fire trucks, learn how to fight a fight and how to respond to other emergency situations; give back to your community. Do something different, join us!!!
Our tip of the week is from the CDC website regarding how to protect your skin:
Did you know that unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays in as little as 15 minutes; but it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. Even if it's cool and cloudy, you still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage. Clouds do not block UV rays; they filter them—and sometimes only slightly. Remember to plan ahead, and keep sun protection handy in your car, bag, or child's backpack. Any change in the color of your skin after time outside—whether sunburn or suntan—indicates damage from UV rays. Using a tanning bed causes damage to your skin, just like the sun.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types, called basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, are highly curable. But melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous. Anyone can get skin cancer, but some things put you at higher risk, like having—
· A lighter natural skin color.
· A personal history of skin cancer.
· A family history of melanoma.
· Exposure to the sun through work and play.
· A history of sunburns early in life.
· Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun.
· Blue or green eyes.
· Naturally blond or red hair.
Take precautions against sun exposure every day of the year, especially during midday hours (10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.), when UV rays are strongest and do the most damage. UV rays can reach you on cloudy days, and can reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow.
· Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
· Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
· Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
· Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
· Put on sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
· Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. The UV rays from them are as dangerous as the UV rays from the sun.