Is Your Child In The Right Seat?

South Carolina’s child passenger restraint law requires that:

  • Children from birth to 1 year old, or who weigh less than 20 pounds, must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat.
  • Children 1 through 5 years old weighing at least 20 pounds and less than 40 pounds must be restrained in a forward-facing child seat.
  • Children 1 through 5 years old weighing 40 to 80 pounds must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat.
  • Children under the age of 6 are not required to be in booster seats if they weigh more than 80 pounds or if they can sit with their backs against the car’s seat and bend their legs over the seat edge without slouching.
  • Children under 6 may not sit in the front passenger seat. However, this restriction does not apply if the vehicle has no rear passenger seats or if all other rear passenger seats are occupied by children less than 6 years old.

Violators are subject to a $150 fine. This law does not apply to taxis, church, school and day care buses, or commercial vehicles.

Back By Popular Demand !

 

Due to high demand the following class has been brought back for 2 more dates and locations:
7741: New Fires, So What? Prerequisite: None (Class is targeted to fire service instructors, company officers, and chief officers who may have the responsibilities to command fire ground activities.) Contact Hours: 4 This course is designed to improve decision-making through increased knowledge of the changing fire environment, review and expand understanding of fire dynamics, the importance of size-up, and choosing tactics to fit the fire conditions and re-evaluate ventilation practices. Additional information will include understanding the collapse hazard of today’s homes and tactical considerations for basement fires as well as reexamining suppression practices. This information and discussion will provide an opportunity for firefighters and instructors to get the facts and discuss myths that affect fire service training and response.
They are offerd as follows:
June 25,2016 At Double Springs FD at 08:30
July 23, 2016 At Centerville FD at 08:30
Please submit your registration to me with the date and location you would like to have

Firework Safety!!

 

State Fire Marshal Offers Fireworks Safety Tips

State Fire Marshal Bert Polk is urging citizens to stay safe if participating in any fireworks activities during the July 4th holiday.

“You cannot take safety for granted when it comes to fireworks,” Polk said. “We want everyone to have fun, but safety precautions must come first.”

For those choosing to use consumer fireworks, the State Fire Marshal suggests these safety tips:

• Observe local laws. If unsure whether it is legal to use fireworks, check with local officials.

• Buy from fireworks retailers permitted through the Fire Marshal’s Office.

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

• Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.

• Use common sense and always read and follow the directions on each firework.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.

• Light one firework at a time and keep a safe distance.

• Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

• Never give fireworks to small children.

• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

• Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.

• Put used fireworks in a bucket of water; keep a garden hose on hand.

“There are hundreds of permitted professional fireworks displays available to South Carolinians to enjoy during the Fourth of July holiday,” Polk said. “Residents can consult their local fire officials for displays in their area.”

 

The Anderson County Fire Department Wishes Everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday!

 

Boating Safety!

It’s that time of the year again and the Anderson County Fire Department wants to make sure you have a fun but safe time also! Here are a few things to remember before heading to the lake:

Before you Leave:

  • Check the weather.
  • Let someone know where you are going.
  • Gather all lifesaving devices. Make sure they are in good serviceable condition and are the correct size for all passengers (especially children).
  • Check the fuel and the battery charge.
  • Make sure lights are in good working condition on the boat and trailer.
  • Make sure fire extinguisher is readily accessible and in good serviceable condition.
  • Put the plug in.
  • Connect trailer safety chains to tow vehicle.
  • Carry a cell phone if possible.

On the Water:

  • Know the aids to navigation and buoy system in your areas.
  • Don’t operate the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • When operating sailboats be aware of overhead power lines and wires.
  • If someone falls overboard, throw something that will float (Personal Floating Device (PFD), raft or cooler).
  • All boats approaching from the right have the right of way.
  • Always anchor from the bow of the boat and pull the anchor before leaving.
  • If boat capsizes, stay with the boat.
  • If caught in a storm, head into the wind, put on PFD’s and keep passengers low in the boat.
  • Cold water boaters such as duck hunters, fishermen, sailors beware! Cold water kills.

Equipment:

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
All boats must have a US Coast Guard approved wearable type PFD for each person on board or being towed. Each PFD must be in good condition, readily available and the proper size for the intended wearer. In addition, boats 16 feet in length or longer must carry a Type IV throwable device. In South Carolina, any person under twelve years of age must wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD when on board a class “A” (less than 16 ft. long) boat.

Fire Extinguisher
One Coast Guard approved hand-held portable fire extinguisher must be aboard each boat less than 26 ft. if the boat is carrying passengers for hire or if the construction permits the entrapment of flammable vapors or if it has a permanently installed gas tank, including gas tanks that use any type of fastener that would hamper the immediate removal of the tank from the boat. Additional extinguishers are required in boats larger than 26 ft. Contact the SCDNR for complete regulations.

Navigation Lights
Navigation Lights must be on between official sunset and sunrise.

Flares
Flares are required for vessels in coastal waters.

Bells, Whistle
All boats less than 39.4 feet must carry an efficient sound producing device. Every vessel from 39.4 to 65.6 feet must carry a whistle and a bell.

 

To see a full list of South Carolina Boating Laws please visit www.dnr.sc.gov for more information.