NEWS of the Day - Oct 7, 2013
on some LACP issues of interest

NEWS of the Day
on some issues of interest to the community policing and neighborhood activist across the country

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following group of articles from local newspapers and other sources constitutes but a small percentage of the information available to the community policing and neighborhood activist public. It is by no means meant to cover every possible issue of interest, nor is it meant to convey any particular point of view ...

We present this simply as a convenience to our readership ...



GPW Public Safety Shares Fire Safety Tips, Tours, Fall Treats At Open House

Fire Prevention Week started with an open house Sunday at the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety.

by Edward Cardenas

The Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety hosted an open house to mark the start of the Fire Prevention Week.

Families learned important fire safety tips in a festive setting Sunday as Grosse Pointe Public Safety hosted the annual open house.

According to a release from the State of Michigan:

In 2012, home fires killed more than 58 people in Michigan. Fire departments throughout the state responded to 15,256 home fires, according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System. Cooking equipment, heating and electrical equipment, smoking materials, and lit candles are among the leading causes of all reported home fires.

“Cook with Caution” by following a few safety tips to prevent kitchen fires:

•  Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.

•  Turn off the stove if you must leave the kitchen even for a short period of time.

•  If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

•  When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.

•  Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains -- away from your stovetop.

•  If you have young children, use the stove's back burners whenever possible. Keep kids at least three feet away from the stove.

•  Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

•  Keep a fully charged fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen and be prepared to use it in an emergency.

If You Have A Cooking Fire...

•  Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

•  For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

•  Call 9-1-1 to alert the local fire department.

•  Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

Nearly two-thirds of home structure fire deaths occur in homes where there is no smoke alarm or where smoke alarms are present but fail to operate because the batteries have been removed, according to the state fire marshal. Having working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in reported home fires in half and having automatic fire sprinkler systems in the home cuts the risk of dying in a home fire by about 80 percent.

Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month using the test button and the batteries replaced every year.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), less than 25 percent of American households have developed and practiced a fire escape plan to be prepared for a real emergency.

When developing a home fire escape plan:

•  Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Know the safest exit route.

•  Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily and that every family member understands and practices how to properly operate and open locked windows and doors.

•  Practice crawling low -- necessary for escaping through smoke which contains toxic gases, which can disorient you or, at worst, overcome you.

•  Designate a safe meeting location a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet once they have escaped, such as at the end of the driveway.

•  Never go back into a burning home for any reason.

•  Make sure everyone in your home knows how to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.



9-year-old boy manages to board flight to Las Vegas alone and without boarding pass

by Chelsey Hamilton

A 9-year-old boy managed to board a Delta Airlines flight to Las Vegas alone and without a boarding pass, Thursday morning.

The child arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Thursday, and was screened by TSA officials before boarding flight 1651 from Minneapolis to Las Vegas.

Crew members on the flight became suspicious of the unaccompanied child while on the flight and contacted authorities. He was turned over to Child Protective Services once the flight arrived in Nevada.

"The fact that the child's actions weren't detected until he was in flight is concerning," said airport spokesman Patrick Hogan, ABC reports. More than 33 million people travel through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport every year, and I don't know of another instance in my 13 years at the airport in which anything similar has happened. Fortunately, the flight crew took appropriate actions to ensure the child's safety, so the story does have a good ending.

According to CNN, authorities called the boy “street smart” because he was able to get that far without being caught.

The Transportation Security Administration is investigating the incident.