Category archives: Tips

Question: How long does it take to secure your load?

Posted on : Feb. 1, 2019 Updated on : Feb. 1, 2019 in: Tips, Website .

Answer: A few seconds more than it takes to destroy someone's life.


  1. IT SAVES LIVES:  Across North America, road litter, either dumped on purpose by motorists or accidental fall-outs from unsecured loads, causes 25,000 accidents every year, nearly 100 of them fatal. Road litter poses a serious hazard here in Washington too. On average, there are 350 accidents involving road debris on state highways each year.  Source: The Washington State Deparment of Transportation.
  2. IT IS THE LAW:  No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any public highway unless such vehicle is ...

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Detectors

Posted on : Feb. 1, 2019 Updated on : Feb. 1, 2019 in: Tips .

Fall is a good time to check the batteries of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and detectors.

Every year 1,800 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

This odorless, tasteless and colorless gas produces symptoms that are similar to the flu, but without a fever and include:

  1. Dizziness
  2. Fatigue
  3. Headache
  4. Nausea
  5. and Irregular breathing

If you have any of these symptoms, go outside for a while. If your symptoms disappear while you are out, and then reappear when you go inside, you may have carbon monoxide poisoning.

Open doors and windows immediately, leave your home as quickly as possible ...

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9-1-1 Wireless Phone Calls in the Wilderness

Posted on : Feb. 1, 2019 Updated on : Feb. 1, 2019 in: Tips, Website .

Who Will I Reach?

  1. You need to know that wireless phone service may not be available in the wilderness.
  2. If service is available, your 9-1-1 call for help will be picked up by the nearest cellular tower in the most direct line of sight to your location. It could be picked up at a county 9-1-1 center, by State Patrol dispatch, or even by the Canadian authorities. Since these call answering centers are all located outside the boundaries of the calling area, they would have no way of knowing from where you are calling unless you tell them.
  3. Be prepared ...

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Winter Preparation Tips:

Posted on : Oct. 27, 2018 Updated on : Feb. 1, 2019 in: Tips, Website .
Summer is an outdoor season, so that means when fall comes there can be a lot to put away, clean up and organize in preparation for the coming winter months that are largely spent inside

That's why we've compiled a handy checklist of important tasks you might want to consider taking care of before the cold winds start to blow.

  • Clean up and store patio furniture and umbrellas, outdoor summer toys, garden ornaments and anything else in your yard or on your balcony that shouldn't stay outside during the winter.
  • Inspect windows and external doors, including your ...

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When to call 9-1-1

Posted on : May 8, 2018 Updated on : May 8, 2018 in: Tips, Website .

If you need immediate police, fire or medical response, call 9-1-1.

If you have witnessed suspicious/illegal activity, are concerned for the well being of yourself or another, or need to report a crime, call 9-1-1

9-1-1 Operators are not law enforcement officers, they are trained to:

  1. Determine the priority of the call.
  2. Obtain the information necessary to assure that responding officers are prepared.

Remember, there is no charge for 9-1-1.

If an incident you report is part of an on-going problem, and the activity keeps on occurring, keep on reporting it. If the pattern changes, report that change. Any ...

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Posted on : May 8, 2018 Updated on : May 8, 2018 in: Tips, Website .

Take note of the following characteristics, so you can report to 9-1-1 and make documentation of your own to keep.

Race or Ethnicity
Age (approximate

Complexion - light, dark, ruddy, etc.
Eye Color (if possible)
Hair - color, length, thick, thin, balding, full, facial hair, etc.

Height - estimate in two inch blocks, 5' 8" - 5" 10"
Weight - estimate in blocks of 20 pounds, 180-200 lbs.
Build - large, medium, small, stocky, thin, etc.

Distinguishing Features - tattoos, scars, eyeglasses, teeth, jewelry, etc.

Clothing - type, color, style, (start at the top and work down).
Direction of Travel

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Protecting Your Home

Posted on : April 12, 2017 Updated on : April 12, 2017 in: Tips, Website .

Tips to help make your home more secure, and a bit about what the burglars don't like.

Most burglars are amateur criminals and that is why they look for easy targets. To most burglars, it is how easy it is to break in, not what is inside, that determines which building they rob. Once burglars realize homes are being locked and watched, they will move on to easier targets.

The first step in making your residence into a hard target for a breakin is making it look (and sound) occupied. Leave drapes and shades in the same position when ...

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9-1-1 How Calls Receive Priority

Posted on : March 26, 2017 Updated on : March 26, 2017 in: Tips, Website .

Critical - Immediate
Crime in progress, serious threat to life, for immediate response by the nearest police unit - regardless of current assignment. *Some examples are: Stabbing, Officer down, Armed robbery, Injured persons

First Priority
Prevention of Casualty - Probability of Apprehension
Criminal act in progress with a strong probability of apprehension or the prevention of a more serious crime.
* Some examples are: All alarms, Physical altercations, Injury accidents, Suspicious persons, Vehicle prowlers

Immediate Dispatch
Incidents where there is a threat of violence or injury, opportunity exists for police action to prevent a more serious situation. *
Some examples are: Physical disturbances, Verbal disputes ...

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Rules of the Road:

Posted on : Jan. 5, 2014 Updated on : Jan. 5, 2014 in: Tips .

Which lanes do you use turning from Chestnut onto Ellis?

Question: At the stoplight on the corner of Chestnut and Ellis streets in downtown Bellingham, there are two left-turn lanes on Chestnut Street for cars turning north onto Ellis Street. However, there are three lanes on Ellis Street, so which are the appropriate two lanes for cars to turn onto? Is it the left and middle lanes, or the middle and right lanes?

I would assume you turn into the left and middle lanes, as it should be assumed that "extra" lanes on a road would always be added from ...

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Rules of the Road: Going over the Speed Limit

Posted on : Dec. 23, 2013 Updated on : Dec. 23, 2013 in: Tips .

Question: How fast do I have to be going over the posted speed limit for an officer to be able to pull me over?

Answer: You may be stopped for any speed over the posted limit. Generally officers allow some leeway due to the inconsistencies of vehicle speedometers.

Q: I am a regular driver on Sunset Drive. At the traffic signal on Woburn Street as well as at Orleans Street it is quite common for vehicles who are way far back in the line to use that lane for what seems like a long distance up to the light. I ...

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