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Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!

To the Editor:

Many people think fire is something that happens to other people. Unfortunately, this common misperception continues to put Americans at risk to fire each year, particularly at home, where people think they’re safest from fire but are actually at the greatest risk. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds in 2015, with about 80% of all U.S. fire deaths annually occurring at home.

In fact, today’s home fires present increased risks to occupants. Newer homes are built with lightweight materials that burn faster than older home construction. They also tend to be designed with open floor plans that enable fire to spread more rapidly. Meanwhile, many of the products and furnishings in today’s homes are produced with materials that generate dark, toxic gases when burned, making it impossible to breathe or see within moments. In short, home fires present a real risk that all residents need to take seriously.

One of the most basic but vital elements of home fire safety is having a home escape plan that everyone in the household has practiced. In a fire situation, when the smoke alarms sound, a practiced home escape plan ensures that everyone knows how to use the precious minutes wisely.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. The Peabody Fire Department is working in coordination with NFPA, the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to reinforce those potentially life-saving messages. Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017.

The Chief of the Peabody Fire Department, along with the Peabody Fire Prevention Bureau, urge all our residents to use this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign as a reminder to develop a home escape plan with everyone in the household and practice it twice a year. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.

Thank you for publishing this letter to help increase our residents’ safety from fire. For more details about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” and home escape planning, visit


Steven Pasdon, Chief, Peabody Fire Department

Thomas Tremblay, Captain, Peabody Fire Prevention


Jeffrey chasing Ward 5 City Council seat


A resident of Ward 5 since 1984, James Jeffrey has always kept his ear tuned to the political rumblings around Peabody. In doing so, he found countless examples of residents getting the runaround from the City Council over simple matters.

“They don’t want to help the constituents; they have their own agendas,” said Jeffrey. “I’m hearing that they do nothing; taxes keep going up, but nothing gets done.”

Therefore, Jeffrey declared his first-time candidacy on April 14 to run against Joel Saslaw, the incumbent Ward 5 councillor and council president. “I’ve got a big mouth and big shoulders and everybody in the city knows it,” said Jeffrey, adding that integrity and common sense are two qualities that he has over Saslaw.

In addition, Jeffrey said he has always been the kind of person who is there to help someone in a difficult situation. “You call me at 10 at night, I’ll be there at 10:05,” he said.

Jeffrey has also gained an in-depth understanding of the construction industry, having been a South Boston ironworker for a number of years. “I know the construction industry 100 percent,” he said.

He said the same level of knowledge is lacking at City Hall. “I call the Mayor’s Office and they’ve got some college boy answering the phone who never got his hands dirty,” said Jeffrey.

He said some of the greatest challenges facing Ward 5 include overdevelopment, traffic and the compost smell that drifts across the ward from the Northeast Nursery Garden Center.

Regarding overdevelopment, Jeffrey said the amount of construction has continued to spiral out of control. “They’ve got to stop building in Ward 5, it’s built out,” he said.

The smell from Northeast Nursery is something, Jeffrey said, that the city has acted on, appearing in court up to eight times. Yet, city officials have not been successful in getting a court order for the nursery to eliminate the smell.

Jeffrey said that traffic problems on Route 1 and at the high school have become paramount issues. He said the traffic light at the Jughandle on Route 1 has been a growing source of congestion. “The Jughandle light could be put on flashing on Sundays,” he said, adding that the traffic light at the high school should also be flashing when school is not in session.

Jeffrey said he also has concerns about medical marijuana facilities opening on Route 1 and the absence of a crosswalk where the Independence Greenway intersects with Johnson Street.

By Christopher Roberson


Meet the 2017 PHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team





Peabody Garden Club presents Hydroponic Gardening on Oct. 12

The Peabody Garden Club will join with the Salem Garden Club for a Hydroponic Gardening presentation by Paul Sellew, CEO of Little Leaf Farms of Devens, Mass. Through vast research into hydroponic and organic gardening, Little Leaf Farms is proud to have built the most technologically advanced lettuce-growing greenhouse in the world.

Come join us to learn about Hydroponic and Organic Gardening on October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Thomas Gym, which is located at 3 Margin St. in Salem, Mass. Open meeting Guest ticket is $5.00; refreshments will be served. Take a chance on the many raffle baskets at the event.



“I Am An American Dream” at the Peabody Institute Library

The Peabody Institute Library is pleased to announce a film screening of “I Am An American Dream,” a new film by local filmmaker Andrew DeCola. This event will be held on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library, which is located at 82 Main St. in Peabody.

A film by A Light Storm Studios, “I Am An American Dream” shines a light on the collective misunderstanding of differences among Americans while also highlighting our collective American Dream. This program will include a full screening of the film followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Andrew DeCola.

Andrew DeCola, founder of A Light Storm Studios, prides himself on works of art that serve not just his own personal creativities but also a larger social purpose. Through both music and film Andrew aims to both enlighten and educate.

For more information and to register, please call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or register online at


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