Spring Safety Tips

With today being the first day of spring soon the air will begin to warm and the trees will begin to bud. This means it’s time for spring cleaning, yard work, home repairs, and new exercise regimens…all of which can present a variety of health and safety hazards. Our organization is often called upon to respond when problems occur, which provides an excellent opportunity to educate our community about spring safety.

With warmer weather and longer days upon us, people in Tabernacle are emerging from their winter cocoons to focus on long-neglected projects like spring cleaning, home repairs, and yard work. Many are also lacing up their shoes for their first outdoor walk or jog of the season. These activities can be extremely beneficial, but they also involve a variety of health and safety hazards that can be avoided with the proper precautions. To help ensure everyone in our community stays safe this season, the members of

Tabernacle Rescue Squad offer the following tips and suggest you post them where they can be seen by your family members and co-workers.

Cleaning for Safety

Nature is undergoing a fresh start and so are homeowners who are ready to clean up the debris that has been accumulating in basements, storage sheds, and garages over the winter.

  • Household and pool chemicals, paints, and poisons should be properly marked and stored under lock and key, away from children’s reach. Dispose of any that are leaking, expired, or that look bad.
  • When cleaning up hazardous chemicals wear rubber gloves and follow the safety direction on the packaging. Never mix chemicals in the same container. If you don’t’ know how to dispose of them, seek outside advice. Never put them into the trash or pour down the drain.
  • Make sure gasoline and cleaning fluids are well marked and stored in a cool, dry place away from the house and out of the reach of children and pets. Use only approved containers for gasoline storage.
  • Never use gasoline to clean skin, clothes, auto parts, or floors.
  • Clean up work areas. Put dangerous tools, adhesives, matches, or other work items away from children’s reach.
  • Check your barbecue grill for leaks and cracks, and be sure to store any propane tanks away from your house and garage.
  • Remove all fire hazards, including stacks of rags, newspapers, and magazines. Pay special attention to the spaces around your furnace, hot water tank, fireplace, space heaters, and dryer, as well as under the stairs.

Yardwork Safety

Itching to get the yard into shape for the summer? Here are ways to help ensure your spring spruce-up is disaster-free.

  • Limber up. Yard chores may seem easy, but they involve muscles you probably haven’t used in a while.
  • Always wear protective clothing when you handle pesticides and fertilizers.
  • More than 60,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year for lawn-mower injuries.
    • Rake before you mow to prevent any stones and loose debris from launching into the air.
    • Never operate a mower in your bare feet and avoid wearing loose clothing.
    • Never start a mower indoors.
    • When refueling your mower, make sure the engine is off and cool. Don’t spill gasoline on a hot engine — and don’t smoke while pouring gasoline.
    • Never leave your mower operational while unattended.
    • Don’t use electrical mowers on wet grass.
  • At least 55,000 people each year sustain injuries from trimmers, lawn edgers, pruners and power saws.
    • Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before using the tools.
    • Inspect the product for damage and don’t use it if there are problems.
    • Use proper eye protection.
    • Make sure blade guards are in place on all cutting equipment.
    • Don’t let tools get wet unless they are labeled “immersible.”
    • Unplug all tools when not in use.
    • Make sure the tool is in the “off” position before you plug it in.
    • Store gasoline-powered equipment away from anything that uses a pilot light.
    • Make sure you use the right saw for the task, and always wait for the saw blade to stop before pulling away from a cut to avoid kickback.
  • When pruning trees, be careful not to let metal ladders or trimmers contact overhead wires.
  • Before you do any “hands on” weed removal, make sure you know how to identify poison ivy, sumac, oak and similar toxic plants. Find out ahead of time how to treat the rashes they cause to reduce the irritation.

Outdoor Safety

Ready for some outdoor exercise and adventure? Here are a few pointers.

  • Winter’s inactive muscles can take only so much strain. Don’t overdo it — build up slowly so you don’t have strains that can put you out of commission for some time.
  • It may look appealing, but don’t wander on frozen rivers and lakes in the spring. The ice is beginning to thaw, and you never know just how thin the ice really is.
  • Spring’s extra rain and thawing snow can cause normally safe rivers, streams, and creeks to turn treacherous. Even standing on banks can be risky as they can be undercut by rushing water and give in under your weight.
  • Springtime is also severe weather time. If the skies look threatening, check to see if a storm watch or warning has been issued before you initiate outdoor activities. If you’re already outside and thunderstorms threaten, go immediately into a building or enclosed vehicle. For tornadoes, go to the nearest safe structure, or the basement or interior first-floor room of your home. If there’s no time to follow these precautions, take cover in a ditch or depression in the ground.

Ladder Safety

Ready to do some home repairs? On average, about 145,000 people visit the emergency room each year, because of ladder mishaps. Here are a few safety tips:

  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your ladder. They contain guidelines for weight and height limits as well as for the proper use of their product.
  • Inspect the ladder before using it to make sure there are no loose or broken rungs.
  • Make sure the ladder is the right height for the job. Many accidents happen when people overextend their reach because their ladders are too short.
  • Never stand on a ladder’s bucket shelf.
  • Make sure the ladder is completely open and that all of its feet are planted on a firm, level surface. Extension ladders should not be placed at an angle that is too extreme.
  • Avoid using a metal ladder near electrical sources.
  • Face the ladder when climbing down and make sure your weight is centered between the two sides.

By taking the right precautions when warmer weather beckons, you and those around you can enjoy a safer, healthier spring.”

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Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries


The Tabernacle Rescue Squad would like to take a moment to remind or residents to Change Your Clocks – Change Your Batteries on Sunday, March 9, 2014
Many Americans have adopted the great habit of changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time they change their clocks.
The dangers and reality of fire demonstrate the power, speed, and ferocity which occur when fire strikes. The need to be prepared before a fire happens is paramount!!
Please take the time to review these important fire prevention tips:
  1. Have working smoke alarms in every room especially bedrooms with the exception of the kitchen and bathrooms, and on every level of your home, including the basement and attic.
  2. Have working smoke alarms located directly outside of every sleeping room.
  3. Test all smoke alarms at least monthly, and change the batteries when you change the clocks.
  4. Many new smoke detectors come equipped with 10 year life span batteries eliminating future needs to replace 9-volt type batteries. The Office of the Fire Marshal strongly recommends these types of devices rather than traditional 9- volt battery powered devices.
  5. Smoke detectors should be replaced at a minimum every 10years or sooner based on manufacturers recommendations.
  6. Create a fire escape plan. Make sure that children know how to react to the sound of the smoke alarms. Practice your plan frequently, especially with children in the home!
  7. Never leave the stove unattended when cooking!
  8. Have all home heating equipment checked by qualified personnel before using, and keep all combustibles at least 3’ away from heating equipment.
  9. If you use candles, never leave them unattended or near combustibles, and always double check that they are extinguished.
  10. Matches and lighters are tools for adults, not toys for children! Please keep these items out of reach of children. Educate children to the dangers of fire and the importance of knowing what to do if fire occurs.
  11. Please, if you must smoke do it responsibly. Make sure all smoking materials are extinguished completely and properly, and NEVER smoke in bed or when tired!
  12. Some troubled people do start fires intentionally. Be a good neighbor and watch out for each other. Report any suspicious activity immediately.
  13. Have working carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, and test batteries monthly.
Fire strikes without warning and without mercy. Fire spreads very fast! The sooner you’re aware of a fire, the sooner you can react to alert others, escape, and call 911. Please take a few moments to review the above tips, and implement your action plan to prevent fires.
“The easiest fire to put out, is the fire that you prevent”

Friday, November 15th, 2013:

Tabernacle Rescue Squad


Outstanding Volunteer EMS Agency for 2013

by the

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Office of Emergency Medical Services


New Jersey Emergency Medical Services Council

2013 Award

This evening the Tabernacle Rescue Squad was recognized by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services at their annual awards dinner and conference with the "Outstanding Volunteer EMS Agency" Award. We were humbled to be nominated among 16 other premier Volunteer EMS Agencies from across the state and even more thrilled to win this prestigious award from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services this evening. We share this with our residents and thank them along with our dedicated township officials for their continued support. We are proud to be considered the best of the best in the State of NJ!



Joint Rescue Drill with Medford EMS (Station 258)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013- Members from both Station 258 (Medford EMS) and 439 (Tabernacle Rescue) came together for night of extrication training.  Three scenarios were completed while crews worked together to access, stabilize, and ultimately extricate p...atients from a variety of situations involving rescue. Thank you to members from both stations who attended and made it a worthwhile night of training for all involved. 


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Sunday, September 22nd, 2013- The Tabernacle Rescue Squad took part in Cub Scout Pack 439's annual Touch-a-Truck at Seneca High School.  As always we had a great time connecting with so many from our community and look forward to next years event.

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