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Maine’s new "no-texting" law goes into effect on Sept. 19. Our panelists will address what the law includes and how it will be enforced, as well as why distracted driving has become a top safety hazard. We’ll also discuss other road safety issues: teen and older drivers, rules of the road, winter conditions, bicyclists and more.

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On the eve of the Fourth of July, we check in with the Maine State Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas to learn how to stay fire-safe this summer. We’ll discuss how high the fire danger is this summer, and how to handle fireworks safely. We’ll also get an update on the best smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other home safety devices and measures.

Guest:  Joe Thomas joined the Fire Marshal’s Office in 2000 after a 28-year career with the Portland Fire Department, including eight as chief. He was appointed Maine State Fire Marshal in 2012. 

Fire Safety: Preventing Summer Fire Hazards

Jul 2, 2018
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With Fourth of July two days away, we check in with the Maine State Fire Marshal and a Forest Ranger Specialist to learn how to stay fire-safe this summer. We’ll discuss how high the fire danger is this summer, and how to handle fireworks safely. We’ll also get an update on the best smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other home safety devices and measures.

Wilderness Safety

Feb 26, 2018
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If you like to spend time exploring the wild areas of Maine, what do you need to know to keep yourself safe?  If you were lost, could you survive?  Join us to discover some important basics from two wilderness safety instructors and a Maine game warden.

Guests: Adam Williams, M.S., NREMT Assistant Director of the Outdoor Adventure Center, Unity College

Laurie Gullion, Associate Clinical Professor Outdoor Education/UNH, Dept. of Kinesiology

 Sgt. Tim Spahr, Maine game warden

PORTLAND, Maine — A South Portland couple, Judi and Wayne Richardson, were at the White House Tuesday for President Obama's announcement of a set of executive actions aimed at increasing the number of background checks necessary before legal gun purchases can be made as well as the increasing the reporting required of states regarding mental illness histories of prospective gun buyers.

The Richardson's daughter Darien died of complications from being shot in her Portland apartment.

  With winter here, now's a good time to make sure you're prepared as best you can be for a possible disaster. Representatives from the Red Cross and Maine Emergency Management Agency answered questions and gave advice on how best to prepare in case a disaster strikes.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Lynette Miller, Communications Director,  Maine Emergency Management Agency

and Paul Clark, Red Cross Disaster Readiness team

  Maine Education Secretary Stephen Bowen discussed the safety of Maine's schools in the wake of the fatal shooting of 20 school children and six educators in Newtown, CT.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

Maine Education Secretary Stephen Bowen

Bruce St Thomas, therapist based in Portland, ME and  

Susan Giambalvo, LCSW, Program Director for the Center for Grieving Children.