Plainfield Fire Dept.: Celebrate 4th of July Safely

Steer clear of the emergency room this holiday.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Submitted by the Plainfield Fire Protection District:

The Plainfield Fire Protection District urges everyone to be careful if you use fireworks to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.  Every year emergency rooms treat people that are injured by fireworks.  Injuries to the hands, fingers, head, face, eyes and ears are the most common fireworks related injuries.  More than half of all injuries are burns. 

Fireworks classified as “novelty fireworks” are allowed in Illinois and include sparklers, snake or glow worm pellets, smoke devices, trick noisemakers like party poppers and toy pistols or similar devices that use plastic or paper caps.  Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, a lit sparkler can cause a serious burn, and can also set clothing, decks, grass and mulch on fire.  Don’t run around with lit sparklers and do not use them while standing on a wooden deck or other combustible material.  Always have a bucket of sand available to dispose of used sparklers.  If your clothing catches on fire, stop, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over to smother the flames and put the fire out.  Keep a charged garden hose nearby to extinguish any small fire that could develop in grass or mulch.    

The fireworks classified as “consumer fireworks” that are illegal in Illinois include hand held fireworks, bottle rockets, firecrackers of any size or type, sky rockets, roman candles, chasers, buzz bombs, most ground items, helicopters, missiles, pin wheels or any other twirling device whether on the ground or mounted above the ground, planes and sky Lanterns, the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel it.

For more fire and life safety information, please call the Plainfield Fire Protection District at 815-436-5335 ext 7314.  You may also visit us on the web at www.plainfieldfpd.com.  The Plainfield Fire Protection District wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day Holiday.  
Michelle July 08, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Take a look at the budget... The fire department proposed budget trumps the village in the over taxing and over spending. Looky here- NEW BUILDING AND LAND FUND INCLUDES 3.12 MILLION DOLLARS. (What new building??) Didn't we just build a Taj Mahal of, well, bricks and cushy couches? The new fire building that doesn't put out fires has a nice sign out front that shows pretty graphics. So, I guess that's worth it. BTW, who's the realtor for the Fire Department building that's for sale downtown? Curious... As far as I can tell, there's 15 MILLION OVER TAXED EVERY YEAR WITH THAT MONEY IN THE BANK. If that weren't enough, that number grows each year. Appreciate any input! This spending is out of control.
Vicky Polito July 08, 2014 at 01:14 AM
Just to be clear on the draft PFPD budget: Appropriations are NOT the same as cash outlay. In accounting, appropriations are actually a form of spending limit, and limited to a specific time frame, in this case through FY2014 or Dec. 31st. They are more a plan for HOW funds can get divvied up from the budget. It looks like the PFPD has a 20% across the board increase on the budgeted amount appropriated. That does not necessarily mean that every line item and therefore all expenses will be 20% over budget. It's sort of the cap or the designation of how much over they could go on any one item within a particular fund or category. And, generally it does also mean that they agree that if they must, they can incur obligations (what us simple folk call debt) up to that overage amount. This would be like me going to buy groceries with a total budget of $100 dollars where $40 is for produce, $50 is for meats and seafood, and $10 is for snack foods. But before I go, I look at my list and what's going on that week and I "appropriate" $48 for produce, $60 for meats and seafood, and $12 for snacks. That's 20% more than I budgeted, so my goal will be to spend from my grocery fund only up to my $100 budgeted, but I have decided, because I've got experience shopping for my groceries, that I'm okay if I end up spending up to an extra 20% on any one of those categories--ideally not all of them--provided I make up that overage by coming under budget on other things. Or, maybe I decide that because I'm hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner I must be ready to buy $20 of food on my credit card rather than short people on the big meal. Make sense? And, when you are putting together appropriations, generally you set an overall limit and appropriate equally by that factor because appropriations are binding--you have to decide that in advance--and if I don't include that 20% option in the produce budget in my example, then I'm in trouble trying to buy more produce if I need it because I've not pre-planned and "approved" that expenditure. I'm not saying that this is automatically a good "formula", but it's the way budgets and appropriations work. I myself don't have problems yet with this draft budget, but I've not finished marking it up yet and I do have some questions about it before I decide fully what I think.
ttguy July 08, 2014 at 09:22 AM
It seems there will be a tremendous learning curve for some regarding the costs associated with operating a Fire District.
camaro1 July 08, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Tinfoil, did you even consider that the first year of Mike and Mary Ludemann's pay may not reflect a full calendar year? Did you assume that they both started their jobs on January 1st of the respective year and were paid for a full calendar year? Why do you refer to Mary Ludemann's job as a clerk? Why do you put down Mike Ludemann as a "blue collar" worker that does not deserve his pay? Do you realize that in the private sector Mike Ludemann could make a lot more money? A good mechanic at a car dealership can make 100K. Do you think 2 people working full time at their careers don't each deserve a pension. Wondering why you are obsessed with these 2 people?


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