by Brad Martin, Port Ludlow Fire Chief
With the arrival of daylight saving time in March, you had many reminders to turn your clocks ahead. But some other highly recommended actions also need your attention. One sure way to remember them in the future is to pair them up with your clock-turning ritual. Even if you forgot them last month, there’s still time to attend to the following tasks:
Keep alarms in working order. Now is the time to check batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you can’t safely reach your smoke alarms, call Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue to make arrangements for a crew to come out and change the batteries or install new smoke detectors if needed.
Check expiration dates. Another task to consider when changing your clocks is to check the ‘best-if-used-by’ dates on your emergency supplies and, if necessary, replenish them. While the ‘use by’ dates on products are there for your safety, items can sometimes be consumed after the date stamped on them. You can find many shelf-life lists on the Internet. Or you can just directly type in the brand name and type of food you need information about.
Sign up with File of Life. On the topic of preparedness, if you don’t have a File of Life packet, you are invited to stop by the fire station on Oak Bay Road and pick one up. The File of Life packet provides a place to list any of your health issues, medications, allergies, etc. The completed card fits into a magnetized holder to be placed on your refrigerator, so medics have quick access to medical information when they are called to help you.
Visit our web site. Finally, I would like to direct you to our new web site, plfr.org. We are completing a comprehensive update to the web site. The new site is up, and we are actively updating it, so bear with us during this process. I would like to have input on information or content you would like to see; just understand there are limits to what we can put on the site.
Contact me. If you have any questions about the services provided by Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, please call me at 360-437-2236 or email me at email@example.com.