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Office of Highway Safety, law enforcement agencies partner with NHTSA to reduce crashes throughout Columbus Day

The upcoming Columbus Day holiday provides a great opportunity for long weekend getaways — and this means more cars on the road. This is why the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), state and local law enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are teaming up for the inaugural Operation Crash Reduction effort with a focus on Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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National Fire Prevention Week

Berea Firefighter Jared Rigsby checks a smoke alarm to make sure the batteries are working as part of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 6-12.

Check smoke alarm batteries during National Fire Prevention Week

The Berea Fire Department is reminding citizens to regularly change the batteries in their smoke alarms and to test smoke alarm batteries every month. The National Fire Protection Association notes that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%.

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Burn ban has been lifted for Madison Co.

Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor, in consultation with Madison County Fire Chief Tim Gray, lifted the countywide burn ban put into effect by Executive Order on August 9, 2019.

Citizens are still required to adhere to the current Kentucky Forestry Burn Ban that is in effect annually in Kentucky from October 1 through December 15 and February 15 through April 30.

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Kentucky Health officials urge caution regarding vaping, as reported cases of severe lung injury rise

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) continues to monitor and investigate a growing number of cases of severe pulmonary disease related to e-cigarette use or vaping. DPH is working closely with healthcare providers, local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and other states to gather information about this outbreak.

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Kentucky steers motorists to buckle up, put phones down to increase roadway safety

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is driving home a safety message to motorists aimed at preventing crashes by encouraging two life-saving actions behind the wheel- buckling up and putting down the phone.

Launching today, the state’s first Buckle Up Phone Down campaign features videos, radio spots, digital advertising and a new dedicated website, kyhighwaysafety.com, to promote the initiative.

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Cub Scout Pack 516 – Fishing line Recovery Service Project

Berea, KY– October 5, 2019 — Pack 516 will be partnering with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to offer a fishing line recycling program at the Owsley Fork Reservoir.

This program works to provide a place for fisherman to place excess or waste fishing line. This allows the line to be recycled into new fishing line and other products such as benches and other structures. It also helps keep the line from being discarded onto the ground and into the waterways.

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Crimes, domestic violence calls down in September according to Berea police stats

For the second month in the row, the number of reported crimes and incidents of domestic violence were down in Berea, according to Berea Police Department public service statistics for September 2019. The number of citations issued was also down from the previous month. Numbers for September were as follows:

Total crimes: 28 – down from 31.

Total collisions: 35 – same as previous month.

Total citations: 146 – down from 165.

Total courtesy calls: 7 – up from 4 in August.

Total call response: 36 – down from 37.

Total JCS (domestic violence): 6 – down from 12.

Total crisis calls (mental health emergency): 1 – compared to 0 for the previous month.

Berea Fire Department public service statistics for September 2019

September proved to be another busy month for the Berea Fire Department. It began with the testing and certification of ladders by a third-party company, as well as testing and certification of the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus units (SCBA’s), also conducted by a third-party. The equipment is regulated by National Fire Protection Standards.  

The Berea Fire Department re-certified the police department in basic first aid and CPR, and participated in several public relations events at Cross Roads Church, Hyster-Yale, Berea College Child Development Lab, the Berea Spoonbread Festival, Sunshine friends, Berea Community High School Homecoming Parade, and Madison Southern Homecoming Parade. 

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Saint Joseph Berea Foundation Announces New Board Members

Left to right – Brad Hylton, Mark Catron, Jake Duerson, Sandra Moore, Greg Powell, Wendy Hechemy, David Gregory, Sandra Rose and Leslie Buddeke Smart.

Saint Joseph BereaFoundation is proud to announce its new board of directors. The board will continue to lead philanthropic initiatives benefitting Saint Joseph Berea’s outstanding facilities and services.

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Fall Wildfire Hazard Season Begins

October 1, is the beginning of the Fall Wildfire Hazard Season, bringing burning restrictions to communities not already under a local burn ban.

The Commonwealth’s 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Burning Law (KRS149.400) prohibits burning before 6 p.m. if the fire is in, or within 150 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

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Kentucky Fire Marshal Promotes Campus Fire Safety Month

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal urges parents and college students to pause this September during Campus Fire Safety Month to implement fire prevention strategies for off-campus student housing.

“Inspecting off campus housing for potential fire hazards saves lives,” said Mike Haney, Kentucky’s fire marshal and director of the Division of Fire Prevention in the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (HBC).

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Federal officials meet with Kentucky health leaders to discuss strengthening efforts to end HIV threat

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), held a meeting this week to discuss HIV prevention, care and treatment in Kentucky. 

Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America is an initiative to reduce new HIV infections in the U.S. to fewer than 3,000 per year by 2030. Reducing new infections to this level would mean HIV transmissions are rare and meet the definition of ending the epidemic.

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