Posted on November 15, 2013 by bainbridgecity
It’s a cold winter night. You decide to use a space heater, or perhaps light a fire in the fireplace, to save on the heating bill. Comfortable from its warmth as bedtime approaches you think, “What harm could it cause to leave it on overnight?”
Think again. While these heating devices may help you feel cozy and warm, they can become extremely dangerous if not used properly. Home heating equipment was involved in an estimated 62,000 home fires in 2005, according to the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The cost of these fires is more than just property damage. The cost includes roughly 700 lives and roughly 1,500 injuries.
Home heating fires are largely preventable when you know the rules. Bainbridge Public Safety’s goal is to reduce the number of home-heating fires in our community. But we need your help. We are urging Bainbridge families to use extra caution this winter when heating your home.
The majority of heating fire deaths are caused by space heaters! Most heating fires are caused by creosote build-up in the chimney.
To help keep our community safe and warm this season, Bainbridge Public Safety recommends that you follow these guidelines:
- Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
- Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
- Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.
- Inspect for cracked, frayed or broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.
- Have your chimney inspected each year and cleaned if necessary.
- Use a sturdy fireplace screen.
- Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home — when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
- Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.
- Never use an oven to heat your home.
- For fuel assistance, contact the National Fuel Funds Network at 1-202-824-0660.
With simple precautions, help us meet our goal of decreasing home-heating fires this winter. For more information, contact Major Doyle Welch at 229-248-2038.
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Posted on November 1, 2013 by bainbridgecity
Daylight savings time ends this weekend, which means it’s time to move your clocks back, but have you checked the batteries in your smoke detector? “Falling Back” is also a time to check your batteries, according to Doyle Welch, Major of Fire Prevention & Code Enforcement with Bainbridge Public Safety.
“It is important to not only change the batteries in your smoke detector twice a year, but to preform monthly checks to insure your smoke detector is functioning properly,” said Welch. Even if your smoke detectors are hardwired, replace the batteries in case of a power outage. It is also time to maintenance your smoke detector by removing dust and dirt that could cause your smoke detector to malfunction. By doing so, you could save a life.
Statistics show working smoke detectors reduce the chance of dying in a fire by 50%. If you do not have smoke detectors, or if your smoke detector is over 8-10 years old, now is the time to install or replace smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. When installing smoke detectors one should mount the smoke detector high on the wall but at least 6 inches down from the ceiling, if installing on the ceiling, the detectors should be installed at least 6 inches away from the wall.
For questions about smoke detectors or how to check yours, please contact Bainbridge Public Safety at 248-2038.
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Posted on November 1, 2013 by bainbridgecity
Bainbridge Public Safety wants to warn residents about a new scam happening here in Bainbridge and is encouraging residents to check their receipts when using debit cards at local stores.
Recently an employee at the local Winn Dixie was caught getting cash back on customers’ debit transactions. When customers came through the checkout line and used their debit card, the employee would turn around the key pad, telling them it was working incorrectly and request cash back on their cards. When the customer left, the employee would then pocket the cash. The employee was also adding gift cards onto customers’ transactions without their knowledge.
“Checking your receipt and being observant as you check out at stores can not only keep you from being a victim,” said BPS Criminal Investigation Major Robert Humphrey, “but it can stop others from being a victim as well.”
If have any information about this recent scam or think you may have been a victim, please contact Major Robert Humphrey at 229-515-0973.
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Posted on October 23, 2013 by bainbridgecity
Next week is set to be a busy one in the city of Bainbridge! We’ve got Pumpkins in the Park, Oak City Cemetery Living History Tour, Touch-A-Truck and First Saturday Market. Don’t miss the fun!
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Posted on October 22, 2013 by bainbridgecity
Grab a pen and your calendar, here are some upcoming events you will not want to miss and will definitely want to be part of! With the holidays approaching and our schedules getting fuller, you need to take time for yourself and what better way than with some fitness and some runs?
Registration is going on now for 6 Weeks to a 5K training. Whether you want to walk your first 5K or run your tenth, this training is for you! This six week program will give you the basic tools you will need to train for your first run or improve your time on your next one. We meet Monday and Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. at the Bill Reynolds Sports Complex. The training begins October 28. The cost is $30 and includes the cost of the program, registration for the 5K that follows (Run Rudolph Run), and a t-shirt on the day of the run.
Looking for a fitness challenge? Then boot camp may be for you! On Monday, October 28, registration begins for BLS Boot Camp VI. This is a group session workout which focuses on military-style exercises and functional movements (like push-ups, squats, sprints, and sit-ups); cardiovascular exercise (like running, hiking, interval training, or obstacle course challenges), strength elements (by using dumbbells, exercise bands, or the resistance of your own body weight); and maybe even a little healthy competition mixed in. You can expect the unexpected in these full-body boot camp classes, which are packed with lots of variety and tons of fun. We meet rain or shine Tuesday and Thursday nights for one hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $35 dollars and includes a well-earned t-shirt at the end of the session.
Registration is going on now for Ditch the Dead Zombie Run set for Saturday November 23 at 4:00 p.m. This 5K course is filled with zombies who want your life! They will chase, grab and lunge for the life flags on your belt. You will begin with two life flags, but will you cross the finish line with any? There will be bonus lives along the course, but are you willing to chance what could be a zombie ambush? All who run will receive a medal upon completion of the run. The cost is $30 and includes a t-shirt. Not a runner but want to be part of the fun? Be a zombie! Call us and we’ll tell you how!
Registration is going on now for Run Rudolph Run. This certified 5K course is set for Saturday, December 14 and is also the run that follows the 6 weeks to a 5K program. All proceeds from this run will go to Bainbridge Public Safety’s Shop With A Cop program. This program allows Bainbridge Public Safety to partner with Family Connection and Decatur County Schools to identify children who need extra assistance during the holidays.
You can pick up registration forms for any of these programs at the Leisure Services office or download them at http://www.bainbridgecity.com. For more information call 248-2010.
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Posted on July 17, 2013 by bainbridgecity
Congratulations to the Bainbridge Heat All Star team for winning the GRPA Midget State Championship in Dublin, Georgia this past weekend. This is a first for Bainbridge, and we are so proud of our girls! They played five games over a three day period. The first game was a forfeit and they won all the others!
The 9 & 10 year old Bainbridge All-Star baseball team went to Dublin as well. They played three games and did a great job!
The 2013 Football and Cheerleading season will be starting soon! Registration begins Thursday, July 18 at 8:00 a.m. Flag football is for ages 3-6; tackle football is for ages 7-12; and cheerleading is for ages 3-12. You can stop by and register at the Leisure Services office or visit http://www.bainbridgecity.com and download your forms. The deadline for football and cheerleading registration is Friday, August 16. The drafts will begin Monday, August 26 and run through Friday, August 30.
All Bainbridge Leisure Services football coaches are invited to meet the new Bainbridge High School Football coaching staff on July 24 and 25. Coach Jeff Littleton has invited you to watch practices on Wednesday and Thursday and will give you five of the base offensive plays as well as teach the base defense. For more information on time and location, you may call Bainbridge High School at 248-2230.
With school starting soon, the hours of the Bainbridge Aquatic Center will be changing. Wednesday, July 31 will be the last day the Aquatic Center will be open daily. It will remain open on weekends through Labor Day.
The Young Barbarian Mud Run is coming soon! This 1-1/2 mile mud run will be for ages 8-13. The age groups will be divided into three groups, age 8-9, ages 10-11 and ages 12-13. This will be for boys and girls alike! There will 15 to 20 obstacles and will involve climbing, sliding, balancing, and crawling to name a few… oh, and maybe some mud… a lot of mud! All that participate will receive a Barbarian Helmet upon completion of the run and there will be medals for top finishers in each age group. More details coming soon!
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Posted on May 23, 2013 by bainbridgecity
CITY OFFICES CLOSED MAY 27
Garbage collection days adjust for holiday
May 23, 2013 BAINBRIDGE, GA – All non-emergency City of Bainbridge offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 28 with normal operating hours.
Due to the holiday, the garbage collection schedule will be pushed back a day. Those residences who are regularly scheduled for Monday will have their garbage collected on Tuesday, May 28, while those regularly scheduled for Tuesday will have theirs picked up on Wednesday, May 29.
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