Category Archives: Safety

Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells

Screen Shot 2019-06-07 at 9.12.19 AMIf you’re walking in Bloomfield, New Jersey, there’s a good chance you’re being recorded. But it’s not a corporate office or warehouse security camera capturing the footage — it’s likely a Ring doorbell made by Amazon

While residential neighborhoods aren’t usually lined with security cameras, the smart doorbell’s popularity has essentially created private surveillance networks powered by Amazon and promoted by police departments.Police departments across the country, from major cities like Houston to towns with fewer than 30,000 people, have offered free or discounted Ring doorbells to citizens, sometimes using taxpayer funds to pay for Amazon’s products.

While Ring owners are supposed to have a choice on providing police footage, in some giveaways, police require recipients to turn over footage when requested.

Read more from C/NET…

CITY OF GRAPEVINE CLOSES ALL LAKE PARKS & BOAT RAMPS DUE TO HIGH LAKE LEVELS & FLOODING

With the amount of rainfall the area has received in recent months, Grapevine Lake levels currently sit over 16 feet above normal pool and are projected to rise, depending on weather.

As of today, Wednesday, May 22, all Grapevine Lake Parks and boat ramps are officially closed until further notice. There is no boat launch or pedestrian access to Grapevine Lake from the Grapevine side; patrons found inside the parks will be considered trespassing.

Due to the elevated lake levels, flooded areas and danger of submerged structures and debris, we urge all patrons to not access or attempt entry to Grapevine Lake parks. Boaters should stay near the center of the lake, at least a 0.25 mile from the shoreline. 

For a more detailed map, click HERE.

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Closures Due To High Lake Levels

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Meadowmere: Meadowmere Lane, Meadowmere Park, and Meadowmere boat ramp(s) are closed.

Lake Parks: Lakeview and Katie’s Woods Park are closed.

Boat Ramps: Katie’s Woods (high water) and Farris Branch boat ramps are open. All other boat ramps are closed.

Use extreme caution around the lake. Unseen debris and snakes may pose a threat to your safety.

Officials: Beware Sierra Leone ‘one ring’ robocallers

By FOX4News.com Staff

 – If you are one of the many people who has gotten a late-night call from Sierra Leone, don’t be tempted to call the number back.

The Federal Communications Commission is warning people about a reported wave of the so-called “one ring” or “Wangiri” scam.

Robocallers allegedly target specific area codes in bursts and often call multiple times in the middle of the night. They hang up after one or two rings.

Read more from FOX 4…

Homes evacuated after several railroad cars derailed, caught fire in southeast Fort Worth

BY DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR.

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Fort Worth firefighters battled a large fire early Wednesday after several train cars caught fire and derailing. COURTESY: FORT WORTH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Homes were evacuated early Wednesday in several neighborhoods when train cars caught fire after derailing, fire officials said.

No injuries have been reported.

Fewer than 20 homes were evacuated after the derailment of the Union Pacific railroad cars. Residents were taken to Worth Heights Community Center where they were were relocated with friends and other family members.

Read more from the Star-Telegram…

Grapevine Water Report

Our Drinking Water Meets or Exceeds All Federal (EPA) Drinking Water Requirements

Goal_3Providing safe and reliable drinking water is our highest priority. We are proud to produce and deliver water that meets or exceeds state and federal standards. This report is a summary of the quality of the water we provide our customers. The analysis was made by using data from the most recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required tests and is presented in the following pages. We hope this information helps you become more knowledgeable about what is in your drinking water.

Special Notice for the Elderly, Infants, Cancer Patients, People with HIV/AIDS or Other Immune Problems:

You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, in drinking water. Infants, some elderly, or immunocompromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; those who have undergone organ transplants; those who are undergoing treatment with steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders can be particularly at risk from infections. You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care provider. Additional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/

All Drinking Water May Contain Contaminants

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of these contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. When drinking water meets federal standards, there may not be any health based benefits to purchasing bottled water or point of use devices. More information about contaminants and potential health effects may be obtained by calling EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/

Awards

The City of Grapevine received the EPA Award for Excellence in 1992, 1995, and 1998 for the best maintained and operated water system for Region VI for water systems of similar size. Region VI consists of Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. In 1991, 1998, 2001 and 2004, the City of Grapevine’s water was awarded the best tasting water award in North Central Texas, by the North Texas Laboratory Association. The City of Grapevine was awarded the best tasting water in Texas in March 2002. In 1994 and 2013, the Trinity River Authority water was awarded the best tasting water in North Central Texas by the North Texas Laboratory Association. The Trinity River Authority was awarded the best tasting water in Texas in March 2014.

Where do we get our drinking water?

Sources of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material. It can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants – such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants – such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff.
  • Industrial or domestic wastewater discharges- oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides – which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.
  • Organic chemical contaminants – including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from stations, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.
  • Radioactive contaminants – which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

Grapevine uses surface water from Lake Grapevine and purchased water from the Trinity River Authority (TRA). TRA raw water is pumped from Cedar Creek Reservoir and Richland-Chambers Reservoir into Lake Arlington.

A Source Water Susceptibility Assessment for your drinking water source(s) is currently being updated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This information describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with your drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information contained in the assessment allows us to focus source water protection strategies.

TCEQ classified the risks to our source water as “High” for most contaminants. “High” susceptibility means events or activities near sources of the City of Grapevine drinking water make it very likely that chemical constituents may come into contact with our source water. It does not mean there are any health risks present.

For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts of our system, call 817.410.3330.

For more information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer available at the following URL: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/gis/swaview

Further details about sources and source-water assessments are available in Drinking Water Watch at the following URL: http://dww2.tceq.texas.gov/DWW/

Lake Water Treatment

At the Grapevine and TRA water treatment plants, the lake water goes through several treatment processes where chemicals such as chlorine, ozone, alum, fluoride, caustic soda, ammonia, potassium permanganate and polymer are added to purify the water. After the water is purified, it is pumped into your homes through more than 299 miles of distribution pipelines.

Lawsuit: Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms Severely Burned Texas Woman, ‘Death Was Imminent’

mushrooms-3069822_1280FORT WORTH (CBSDDFW.COM) – A woman filed a law suit against Olive Garden claiming she was burned by a piece of a stuffed mushroom that became stuck in her throat.

According to court records, Danny Howard filed the case March 8 in Tarrant County District Court.

Howard said that the restaurant did not make her aware that the mushrooms were extremely hot.

The court filing says Howard went to an Olive Garden in Tarrant County back on August 11, 2017 and ordered the stuffed mushroom appetizer. In the lawsuit, she claims that there was “no admonishment or warning” that the mushrooms “were particularly hot or carried the risk to cause severe burns.”

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2 more blood pressure drug recalls for cancer risk; 4 in one week

Author: Travis Pittman

recall_pills_1531753469912_5798293_ver1.0_640_360Pharmaceutical companies issued two more recalls for blood pressure medications on Friday because of potential cancer-causing impurities, making it four recalls in one week. They are part of an ongoing string of recalls that started in July 2018.

Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited recalled 60 lots of Losartan potassium tablets USP and 54 lots of Losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets due to the detection of trace amounts of N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA). Torrent said it was only recalling those lots in which NMBA was above the acceptable daily intake levels released by the FDA.

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Should Texas require hands-free cell phone use while driving? Time to tell your lawmakers

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Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. At 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field.

Have you noticed how many drivers around you are buried in cell phone use? Now imagine if they were all intoxicated. How safe would you feel?

It’s not a stretch. Motorists on cell phones can mimic drunks with their weaving, unusual and varying speeds, and slow reaction times. The distracted can even be worse than the inebriated: Editors at Car and Driver magazine once tested reaction times and found that they actually braked more quickly while having consumed the legal limit of alcohol than while they were texting.

Worse yet, in a test of over-the-road truckers, a 2009 study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found the risk of collisions went up 23 times when the drivers were texting as opposed to not.

That’s one of many reasons Texas followed many other states in outlawing texting and driving in 2017. And while we will never know the extent of any correlation, road fatalities dropped 4 percent in Texas to 3,567 last year.

Read more from the Star-Telegram…

North Texas Police Officers and Special Needs Students Train to “Be Safe”

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Students from North Crowley High School and North Texas police officers gathered on Wednesday to take part in the first ‘Be Safe: How to Interact Safely With Police’ seminar held in Texas.

On Wednesday afternoon, students from North Crowley High School and police officers from Crowley, Mansfield, and Fort Worth sat down to have lunch together and learn from one another. They were participants in the first ‘Be Safe: How to Interact Safely With Police’ seminar held in Texas.

“There are people with autism and other intellectual differences in this community,” explained Thomas Iland, an autism self-advocate and trainer with Be Safe, a program started by Island’s mother. “We’re quick to say train the police. Why didn’t the police know what to do? But the other side of the coin is, what did the young person not know that could have made that interaction a little bit better?”

Read more from NBCDFW…