Friends by the fire

Fire pits are allowed in Dublin as long as the fire container is at least 15 feet from any structure or burnable surface and the size of the fire does not exceed three feet wide by two feet high.

Avoid burning during windy conditions and have a water hose or fire extinguisher handy in case you need it. And to prevent smoke scares, let your neighbors know when you will be burning so they are not surprised when they see or smell smoke.

The Best Defense: Virtual Conversations with the Fire Department

These virtual conversations are free to participate with advanced registration required. Registration is through the City of Dublin, click here to register. Once registered, participants receive the Zoom meeting information.

Signs & Symptoms of Cardiac Distress

Learn how to recognize symptoms of a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, and how to best respond until emergency responders arrive. Gain knowledge in stroke awareness and proper handling of an AED. Washington Township Fire Department’s EMS Manager John Nichols and Community Safety Educator Sara Hall, lead the discussion and answer your questions.

Date: Tuesday, April 20

Time: 11:30am

Ages: 18 & up

Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can arise quickly and without warning. Knowing what to do and having a plan is your best protection. Battalion Chief Mike Riebel discusses ways to help you prepare for emergencies. Escape plans, emergency contact lists, how to buy or make an emergency preparedness kit, and creating a plan are just some of the topics covered.

Date: Tuesday, May 11

Time: 6:30 pm

Ages: 18 & up

Home Fire Safety

Have you ever wondered what type of fire extinguishers you need at home and when smoke detectors need replaced? Learn great ways to keep your home safe, develop fire escape plans, and keep your home free from hazards.

Date: Wednesday, June 9

Time: 2pm

Ages: 18 & up

Take your CPR or First Aid skills check here!

We are a testing center for anyone who successfully completes the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR  or First Aid class online. For links to the AHA classes, please visit
With your completion certificate from the American Heart Association, you can schedule your in-person skills check by contacting Sara Hall at or 614-652-3940. Please include some dates and times that work for you, appointments last around 20 minutes.

Heart attack symptoms less obvious for women

You may think you know the common symptoms of a heart attack, but most people cite the symptoms that males commonly have, which include pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest and difficulty breathing. For women, symptoms are not as obvious and therefore, are often dismissed or overlooked, causing a great many deaths among women. Heart attack symptoms for women include weakness, shortness of breath and nausea. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 rather than driving to the hospital or urgent care. With every passing minute without treatment, your chances of full recovery diminish. Paramedics can treat you while you are in transport and will get you to the hospital that is best equipped to address the seriousness of your condition.

Stay within your limits when shoveling

Shoveling snow can be taxing, even if you are fit and in good health. If you aren’t used to strenuous activity or have a health condition that could increase your risk of an injury or serious medical event, you may need to refrain from shoveling altogether or shovel for short periods (take frequent breaks). Consult a medical professional about your current health condition so you can determine if and under what conditions you are able to do the heavy lifting of snow shoveling.

Don’t attempt to rescue your pet from ice

No one wants to see their pet in danger. So when dogs venture out over snow-covered ice that is camouflaging the water below, it’s no wonder people go after them. Sometimes, dogs have already fallen through  the ice, making the rescue attempt even more risky for the owner. Our Paramedics urge you to call 9-1-1 rather than trying to rescue your animal. Without the right equipment and a team of helpers, your chance of survival is less likely than your pet’s.

How old is your heart?

Unfortunately, we don’t have any control over our chronological age, but we can impact, to some degree, the age of our heart. Body mass index, blood pressure, smoking and diabetes can impact the “age” of your heart. Aging is difficult enough without the added challenges of heart disease and or heart failure. February is National Heart Month, a great time to kick off your lifelong journey to a more youthful heart. Begin with goals that don’t overwhelm.

Gardening encourages healthy eating

The garden planning and seed selection process can be a fun exercise for families looking for new activities that encourage physical activity, time outdoors, science inquiry, and healthy eating. That’s right–healthy eating. Research has shown that when children help choose which vegetables to grow in a garden, they have a greater tendency to eat increased amounts of those vegetables. So, if you plan to sow some seeds for a garden this year and have children, enlist their help in making seed selections. If you had a garden last year, ask your children what vegetables they liked the most and try a new variety of that fruit or vegetable.

Once you get your seeds, be sure to keep them in a cool, dark, dry location until you are ready to plant them. The produce drawer in the refrigerator can be a perfect place.

If you plan to start some seeds indoors this winter, follow the seed packet instructions to determine when to start sowing seeds indoors. You will need a dedicated light source or a south facing window so your seedlings don’t get spindly. Choose a location that is easy for you to monitor for soil moisture levels too. Seedlings have low tolerance for drought. Ready, set, sow!

Take a hike with Metro Parks

The Franklin County Metro Parks Winter Hikes are self-guided this year. Hike through 18 different parks with a variety of trail lengths and difficulty levels. Record your hikes in your own Ticket to Travel booklet which can be downloaded here. Visitors can hike in six different parks per month and have their Ticket to Travel booklet stamped as they go. After seven hikes, visitors can return their completed Ticket to Travel booklet to receive a Winter Hike patch.

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Feed the birds

The type of feed you offer in your bird feeders will dictate which feathered friends visit. The experts at Bird Watcher’s Digest have compiled a list of birds and the type of food that attracts them. And If you are looking for a suet recipe that is popular with woodpeckers, jays, titmice, nuthatches, chickadees, sparrows, towhees, cardinals, bluebirds, mockingbirds, thrashers, and warblers, check out this video recipe on the Bird Watcher’s Digest web site.