TFH7thWH (36)Good stuff box-gs-600Students Face Heavy Issues with Together for Health Program

Opioids, bullying, suicide. Healthy relationships, yoga, career and personal readiness.

All these topics were addressed head-on in this year’s Together for Health School Program for 7th and 9th graders in three area school districts. Together for Health, initiated more than a decade ago by Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Community Relations Department, is a joint effort with schools and local social service agencies to help students make healthy lifestyle choices.

A highlight of the program was a drama by The Wallenpaupack Players, a young theatre group from Wallenpaupack Area High school, about a student who chooses to kill herself after a series of events with family, school officials, and peers.  Seventh graders in Wayne Highlands, Western Wayne, and Wallenpaupack Area middle schools were asked “If you were the victim, what would you do differently?”

“The students had answers that the Players acted out,” said Donna Decker, RN, manager of WMH Community Health and co-organizer of the Together for Health School Program, “such as ‘go back and sit your mother down to listen to you’ and the results were amazing.”

The Pittsburgh-based Saltworks Theatre group’s “Off Script” presentation kicked off Together for Health (TFH) with a drama about opioid/drug abuse.  The three-part program also included interactive yoga, a session on Drugs and Alcohol, Readiness Planning, Healthy Relationships, and Volunteering.

Decker said student comments, which included statements, such as “I feel like I learned something new” and “it was a good talk about marijuana usage,” indicated many students were listening. “And that’s good;” she added, “these years are a formative time for young people. We want to keep them engaged.”

The TFH program involved many outside agencies this year, including representatives from Yoga International, Victims Intervention Program, Wayne County Drugs and Alcohol, American Red Cross, and Penn State Cooperative Extension.


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The keys to a house were officially presented to VetStock’s founder Tom Ryan at Senator Mario Scavello’s office in Tannersville by David Wengerd the donator of the house. Pictured left to right: Susan McKean (Mt. Bethel Abstract, Inc), David Wengerd (Classic Quality Homes), Rich Diaz (Vetstock, American Legion Post 139# Milford), Janet Farole (Classic Quality Homes), Senator Mario Scavello (Senate District 40), Tom Ryan (VetStock), Attorney Kelly Gaughan (VetStock), Dave Chant (Davis R. Chant Realtors).

This open, roomy and bright, large Colonial is located in Blue Mountain Lake Club in East Stroudsburg, PA. The home features more than 2,700 sf of finished living space, two stone fireplaces, Master Bedroom & Bath on main level, and an attached 2 car garage.

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DisBlaspexels-photo-134065 copyDid you know that research has shown that you may have as little as 3 to 4 minutes to escape a building in the event of a Fire?

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize how quickly a fire can spread through their home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, only 1 of every 3 American households have developed and practiced a Fire Escape Plan.

With available response time being so limited, having a Fire Escape Plan in place and practicing it with your family can make a huge difference!

Early Warning

Smoke AlarmStatistics show that an early warning is the easiest way to save lives.  In fact, 3 out of 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Smoke detectors should be installed on every level, in all sleeping rooms, and in high risk areas such as basements and garages.  Make sure to check the batteries regularly, to change the batteries when you turn your clocks forward or back, and that your smoke alarms aren’t expired.

NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code requires interconnected smoke alarms through the home.  Interconnected smoke alarms provide additional early warning, as when one sounds, they will all sound throughout the home.

Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to flaming fire, while photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to smoldering fires.  For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.

Ways to help emergency personnel

In the event that you do have a fire at your home, it’s important that emergency personnel be able to find your home quickly.  If your street number is not clearly visible from the street, consider installing a house number where emergency personnel will be able to see it.

It’s also very important that every member of the family memorize the phone number for your local fire department.  That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor’s home or a cellular phone once safely outside.

Designing your escape plan

When designing an Escape Plan, it’s important to take into consideration the location of all windows and doors and consider which may be a possible exit in an emergency.  As commonly used exits, such as doorways, may be blocked or inaccessible, it is always recommended to plan multiple exits from each room.

Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of the home and marking the exits and meeting place.  This is a great thing to keep on the fridge!

Choose an outside Meeting Place (a neighbor’s house, light post, mailbox, etc.) a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet once they get out of the building.  Once outside of the home, no one should go back in for any reason.

Infants, older adults, and family members with mobility limitations will likely require assistance in the event of an emergency. It is easiest to assign someone to assist them as this will ensure that everyone’s responsibilities are clear and there is no confusion related to who is doing what.

If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms.  You may consider purchasing and storing escape ladders near windows to provide an additional escape route.

Be prepared for a real fire. When a smoke alarm sounds, get out immediately and stay out.  Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building.  If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call, as Firefighters have the skills and equipment necessary to perform a rescue.

Practicing your escape plan

Be sure to practice your Escape Plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.

Keep in mind that speed will be of the essence during a real fire, so watch for obstacles that may be an issue and address them.

While you should always choose the safest escape route in an emergency, smoke can fill rooms quickly.  It’s important to practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit. Make sure that children understand why this may be important also.

Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of the fire, giving you more time to safely escape.

While we hope that you will never have a need for your Fire Escape Plan, we hope you found this information useful.

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Close-Door-3Good stuff box-gs-600By Gary Ryman

It’s a phrase that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.  The door almost became a character in that horror movie or perhaps the one about Zombies you watched last night.  An unusual vague and simple phrase.  You wouldn’t think it had life or death implications, except perhaps in Hollywood, but it does.  It’s not to protect against robbers, villains, or zombies; it’s a simple way to protect against a faster and more dangerous threat: fire.

Because of the changing fuel load in our homes, the amounts of synthetic and plastic materials versus the metal, wood, and cotton of previous times, the speed at which fire develops has accelerated.  Studies show, fire development in those earlier times left individuals or families as much as seventeen minutes in which to escape.  Today, that has been reduced to three minutes or less.  The “open concept” designs of newer homes and the lightweight construction materials in use today are contributing factors.

The first line of defense is and remains smoke detectors.  Early warning allows you the maximum available to time to escape.  But what if you can’t.

That simple ordinary bedroom door becomes your best friend.  Keeping that door closed can provide a survivable environment for the extra time needed to possibly find a second way out, through a window, perhaps, or allow the fire department the necessary time to arrive and assist.  Will the door last forever under fire conditions?  Absolutely not; the time is measured in minutes, but those minutes may be enough.

Picture a raging fire rolling through a house with viscous black smoke and unsurvivable temperatures reaching 1000 degrees F outside that closed door.  Research has shown that within the room behind that door, limited smoke and an uncomfortable but manageable temperature of 100 degrees can be maintained for a few minutes.

This knowledge is leading many fire departments to strongly recommend we all sleep with closed bedroom doors.  Again, this is not intended to replace properly installed and maintained smoke detectors.  It supplements them and aids in the escape process.

Many people, parents in particular, argue they won’t hear their children at night if the doors are closed, and this is a valid concern.  The use of an inexpensive baby monitor can easily resolve this issue.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that in 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States.  These fires resulted in 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage.  Of the total, 501,500 were structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and $10.3 billion in property damage.  Not surprisingly, more than half the reported deaths occurred at night.

That conventional bedroom door, already hanging there in the frame, provides a great partner with your smoke detectors in helping to reduce the deaths and injuries from fire.  Click it closed tonight when you go to bed and sleep safely.

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