Woman Critically Injured After Falling Down Electrical Shaft

Images are representative, not actual event

Images are representative, not actual event

January 7, 2016- Richmond, VA

Richmond fire crews responded to an emergency call at the Upper Lofts at Canal Walk in Shockoe Bottom early Thursday morning, after a woman fell several floors through an electrical shaft.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the woman was trapped in a “V position” (with her hands and feet pointing upward) for over an hour before rescue crews were able to free her. The woman was alert and talking after being rescued, and she was taken to a hospital. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, she was in critical, but stable condition. Continue reading

Winter Weather Checklist to Combat the Sudden Cold Temperatures

Images are representative, not actual event

Images are representative, not actual event

With temperatures plummeting below freezing, there are several steps you and your loved ones can take to avoid winter-weather accidents.

Check out some of the safety tips below and learn more about effectuating a winter preparedness plan by visiting: www.readyvirginia.gov.

Vehicle:

Extremely cold temperatures present several risks that drivers can address prior to ever leaving the driveway.

  • According to AAA, tire inflation pressure decreases 1-2 psi for every 10 degrees of temperature change.
  • At 32 degrees, a car battery can lose up to 35% of its power. Batteries that are more than three years old or that are on the verge of going dead often can’t be jump-started once they have been exposed to temperatures below zero for an extended period.
  • Be sure to prepare your vehicle with emergency supplies such as flashlights, road flares, non-perishable food, and kitty-litter (for traction should your vehicle become stuck).
  • Snow storms and related winter-weather often creates hazardous road conditions. For drivers who must travel, be sure to check ahead by visiting http://www.511virginia.org/.

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