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Carbon Monoxide Requirements

Senate Bill 607 signed into law by Governor Corbett on December 20, 2013 requires all residential single family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, non-owner occupied dwellings of any type (apartments, tenant houses, summer homes, cabins, vacation rentals) to install and maintain at least ONE carbon monoxide alarm within the living space, when the dwellings’ appliances are served by a fuel burning source. (PROPANE, NATURAL GAS, FUEL OIL, KEROSENE, CHARCOAL, WOOD, GASOLINE). A carbon monoxide alarm is also required when a home has an attached garage.

CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) POISIONING is the most common type of fatal air poisoning to humans and animals. It is a colorless, ordorless, and tasteless gas that is otherwise undetectable to the human senses, and people may not know that they are being exposed.

The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu but, without the fever, they include:
Headache
Fatigue
Shortness of breath
Nausea
Dizziness

High level CO Poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:
Mental confusion
Vomiting
Loss of muscular coordination
Loss of Consciousness
Ultimately death

How Can I prevent CO poisoning??
l. Make sure appliances are installed and operated according to the manufacture’s instructions
2. Never operate a portable generator or any other gasoline engine-powered tool either in or
near an enclosed space such as a garage, house.
3. Never use portable fuel-burning camping equipment inside a home, garage
4. Never burn charcoal inside a home, garage or near open windows.
5. Never use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens, or clothes dryers to heat your home.
6. Never operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in a room where people are sleeping.
7. Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.
8. During home renovations, ensure that appliance vents and chimneys are not blocked by
tarps or debris.
9. Make sure that appliances have been inspected and are in proper working order after
renovations are completed

How and where should I install a CO alarm?
Alarms should be installed per the manufactures instructions. The CPSC (Consumer Product
Safety Commission) recommends that one CO alarm be installed in the hallway outside the
bedrooms in each separate sleeping area of the home. CO alarms may be installed into a plug-in
receptacle or high on the wall. Hard wired or plug-in CO alarms should have battery backup.
Avoid locations that are near heating vents or that can be covered by furniture or draperies.
Install an alarm in the area or room nearest to the door to your attached garage.
DO NOT install in kitchens or above fuel-burning appliances.

What should you do when the CO alarm sounds?
NEVER ignore an alarming CO alarm
Immediately move outside to fresh air
Call 911
NO NOT re-enter the premises until the emergency service responder has given you permission
to do so.
If the source of the CO is a malfunction appliance-DO NOT operate that appliance until it has
Be properly serviced and inspected by a certified technician

West Vincent Police Officers Wear Cameras on Uniforms

Chief: camera to assist police in their duties and add a level of protection

 

By Ginger Dunbar, Daily Local News

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

                    

West Vincent Township police officers now have body cameras mounted to their uniforms to “assist them in their duties and add an additional level of protection.”

 

The initiative began at the start of October. West Vincent Police Chief Michael Swininger said it was decided last spring to “explore outfitting each police officer with a body camera” after the police department received a private donation that covered all the costs associated with the purchase.

 

After the law was enacted by Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this year allowing police officers to wear body cameras, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan reviewed body camera procedures. Swininger said his police department began to test and review different types of body cameras. Swininger said that “extensive” process” lasted all summer.

 

At the conclusion of the testing phase, the Axon camera from Taser International was selected.

 

“It is important to record the totality of an event, unlike phone camera videos recorded by citizens that usually capture only a small snippet of what transpired and may be misleading,” Swininger said in a news release.

Body Cam Photo-Butler

 

“Repeatedly, police departments across America have witnessed first hand the benefits of in-car cameras,” Swininger said. “From recording field sobriety tests of impaired drivers to deadly assaults on police officers, the events were captured and recorded as they unfolded, providing invaluable evidence in the courtroom. In addition, audio and video recordings have exonerated officers falsely accused of misconduct, as well as held officers accountable for their actions.”

 

Body cameras add a new level of accountability and transparency, Swininger said, on “both sides of the badge.” He said the cameras will assist the officers in “their duties and add an additional level of protection.”

 

Swininger said he expects it will only be a matter a time before many more law enforcement agencies use body cameras.

 

Swininger noted that the Rialto California Police Department, which began using body cameras in 2012, has reported an 88 percent reduction in citizen complaints against police and a 60 percent reduction in use of force incidents.

 

“For the West Vincent Township police department, the addition of body cams is another way to build upon the confidence our residents have in their police force. In order to be effective, we must have their trust,” Swininger said. “What better way to enhance that trust and strengthen our integrity than to record the excellent police work the officers do on a daily basis? We regard the addition of body cameras as yet another way to enhance accountability, produce clear evidence, and keep our citizens safe.”

 

He said the body cameras will provide for the same level of accountability as in-car cameras, now applied to person-to-person contacts. With the advancements in technology, the cameras can safely be worn or mounted on police officers’ uniforms.

 

West Vincent Resident, Jason Owens, Recognized by OJR Education Foundation

 Jason Owens

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation presented West Vincent Township resident, Mr. Jason Owens, with the Community Service Award for 2013-2014. Mr. Owens, standing in the center of the picture, was presented the award at the fifty-yard line in Wildcat Stadium before the Owen J. Roberts and Pottsgrove football game. Mr. Owens is the owner of Patriot Buick GMC and donated a car to the school district for the driver education program, ‘Behind the Wheel’. In addition, last year he purchased a K9 for the North Coventry Police Department and assisted the East and West Vincent Police Departments with their annual Trout Fishing Rodeo held on French Creek Road.

Mr. Owens, congratulations! Thank you for your generosity and commitment to our community.