The Texan Newspaper (Bellaire and Houston, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 42, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 18, 1989 Page: 3 of 16
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Wake up and smell the ozone.
In answer to the letters of Oct. 4, 1989,1 would remind the citizens of
Bellaire, and the rest of the world, that there is a global deforestation crisis in
progress. It is precisely because of the attitudes expressed by Atkins and Pitman
that the “jungles of Brazil” now look more like the feedlots of Amarillo. Wake
up and smell the ozone, boys. By “removing” one tree, one removes all the
nutrients that went into building that tree, and most likely, deposits them in an
already overburdened landfill, thus depleating the remaining soil and leaving it
open for erosion. Combine this with all the trees killed to provide the new home,
and we see a pattern of consumption that threatens the future of the world. “No
Also I would like to know what a “nicer new” tree is. Perhaps one could
suggest a “nice new” replacement for Treaty Oak in Austin. I can appreciate
Pitman s call for individual rights, but those rights should be viewed in the larger
contextof community rights to clean air, erosion control, flood prevention, shade
and wildlife. A man should not let his better reason be clouded by his personal
distaste for a certain individual.
It .s a tragedy, both environmental and spiritual, every time a tree is killed
to develop land. People who do this do not feel they are part of the problem, but
they *ire the problem. Ordinances can never take the place of intelligence and
consciousness. It is counterproductive to deforest Oregon to provide larger
houses for our children and to deforest Bellaire for nice flat driveways.
Be safe, not sorry
Last Thursday evening, I enjoyed hearing Bellaire's Fire Chief, Rufus
Summers speak on the history of the Bellaire Fire Department at the Bellaire
Historical Society meeting. At the end of his talk, Chief Summers mentioned an
ongomg fire prevention program designed to encourage people to regularly
check and replace the batteries in their smoke detectors. There is no charge for
the mspection or the new battery. He encouraged everyone to call the Bellaire
Fire Department at 662-8205 and schedule an inspection.
I made a mental note to call and get this done. It had been a long time since
I dchanged the smoke detector batteries. Little didl know that I would be calling
sooner than planned.
At 6:45 a.m. the next morning, the smoke detector outside our bedrooms
began to sound off. After I checked the attic and the house for fire or smoke and
not finding any, I began to suspect the smoke detector battery. I changed out the
lTdidn’Wlth WHat 1 th°U8ht WaS a fresh battery ““id expected the alarm to stop.
Just to be safe, I called 9-1 -1.1 told them my problem and requested someone
to check out the house. I mentioned that I didn’t think that they needed to use
lights or sirens. Minutes later, Lt. Hammlctt and another fireman showed up in
the fire marshall’s car with lights and sirens going. They were followed closely
by more men in the fire truck.
The firemen checked the house again and found nothing. They suggested that
I buy a brand new battery. If that didn’t shut off the alarm, they recommended
that I stop by the fire station or my favorite store and purchase a new smoke
detector. Later, I put in a new battery and the alarm stopped.
I appreciated the Fire Department’s responsiveness and their professional-
ism on the job. Thankfully, this time it was a false alarm. But it's comforting to
know that the Bellarie Fire Department is there when we need them.
I would encourage all Bellaire residents to call the Bellaire Fire Department
at 662-8205 and schedule their own home fire safety inspection and change out
the batteries in their smoke detectors.
Focus on match and lighter safety
Oct. 8 through Oct. 14 marked the 67th anniversary of Fire Preven-
tion Week. All through themonth of October, fire departments will focus
on the need for improved fire s afety education, particularly with matches
and lighter safety. The theme is “Big fires start small: Keep matches and
lighters in the right hands."
The Bellaire Fire Department advises that fireplay is the leading
cause of fire deaths among preschoolers. It kills three out of every 10
who die in residential structure fires in the United States. About 75
percent of all residential fires in the United States are started with a
match or lighter, and matches and lighters are what children most
frequently use when playing with fire.
Keeping matches, lighters and other heat sources where children
can’t reach them is agood way to start making your home more firesafe.
Teach your children - as well as their babysitters - that matches and
lighters are tools for adults only, and reward them for bringing matches
or lighters they find, to an adult.
The Bellaire Fire Department will be visiting the schools in Bellaire
conducting Fire Safety Education programs and as a follow up activity,
the Public Safety Committee of the Bellaire/SW Houston Chamber of
Commerce will be sponsoring the annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest
for the Elementary schools, again this year.
Award certificates will be presented to the poster contest winner
selected from each classroom. An overall winner from each school will
be chosen and presented a plaque from the chamber and a $20 gift cer-
tificate from Citizens National Bank of Texas in Bellaire.
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The Texan Newspaper (Bellaire and Houston, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 42, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 18, 1989, newspaper, October 18, 1989; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth641983/m1/3/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.