FIRE PREVENTION & SAFETY INFO

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First Responder Safety:

First Responder Safety:

Fire Safety Videos:

Protect Our First Responders At Emergency Scenes:


As many of you know, first responders (Firefighters, Paramedics and Police Officers) are often put in danger by vehicle traffic at emergency scenes(Fires, Accidents, etc.). We know that people become curious of the emergency situation and become distracted from driving. 

We are asking the public to respect the traffic control persons and the emergency personnel at the scene. Obey our Traffic Control(Traffic Control Persons/Signage/Emergency Vehicles blocking the roadway) when entering an emergency scene. Also, drivers please stay focused on driving and be cautious when proceeding through the area.

 

If you see our red lights flashing and hear our sirens sounding, please afford us with the opportunity to help those in need safely.  Most of these first responders are volunteers and are giving freely of their time to help their community.

Keep yourself and First Responders safe!

The Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire. On the 40th anniversary (1911) of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA); the oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, deciding to observe the anniversary as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. In May 1919, when the NFPA held its 23rd annual meeting in Ottawa at the invitation of the Dominion Fire Prevention Association (DFPA), the NFPA and DFPA both passed resolutions urging governments in the United States and Canada to support the campaign for a common Fire Prevention Day. This was expanded to Fire Prevention Week in 1922. The non-profit NFPA, which has officially sponsored Fire Prevention Week since its inception, selects the annual theme for Fire Prevention Week.
 
"Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, 
www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2013 NFPA."
 
Visit
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/safety-tip-sheets for many fire safety tips for your family and co-workers! 

NFPA Safety Tips:

Home Fire Safety:

Back to School Safety:

As kids and their parents get back into the swing of another school year, it's important to keep traffic safety in mind.

 

Drivers should remember that as the new school year begins, kids will be walking, crossing streets, getting on and off of School Busses, and maybe even playing around a bit on their way to and from school. Parents should also talk to their kids about getting to and from school safely. 

 

Here are a few safety tips  for adults and children on back-to-school traffic safety:

 

Adults

 

1. Don't text while driving. Don't talk on your phone or send text messages while you're driving. Apart from the safety concerns, it's important to practice what you preach -- don't text and drive. It is also illegal.

2. Watch out for hot spots. Keep an eye out for those child "hot spots" like marked school zones, as well as areas near bus stops.

3. Yield to school buses. Don't try to overtake the bus, if a bus has flashing, alternating red lights, you are legally required to stop and wait for the lights to turn off.

4. Expect the unexpected. Children can dart out unexpectedly. Follow the posted speed limits.

5. Budget extra travel time. School areas are congested, so allow for more time to get where you're going. The extra time will help you avoid bouts of road rage and avoid accidents.

 

Children

 

1. Avoid danger zones. Tell your children to avoid walking or riding bikes behind school buses and other dangerous blind spots.

2. Practice school bus safety. Train your kids to be very careful when exiting the bus. School bus fatalities can occur when kids run out in front of the bus or get struck by passing cars.

3. Wear bike safety equipment. Children who bike to school should wear helmets, light-colored clothing and reflective devices.

4. Use crosswalks and sidewalks where they are available.

 

PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. THEY ARE OUR MOST VALUED RESOURCE!

Fire Extinguisher Safety:

P-A-S-S TECHNIQUE FOR FIRE EXTINGUISHER USE

P - Pull the pin. 

A - Aim low at the base of the fire. 

S - Squeeze the lever above the handle. 

S - Sweep at the base of the fire from side to side.  Move toward the fire, aiming low at its base. Never turn your back and walk away from the fire, it could flare up behind you.

 
Practice Fire Safety at home and work!!  

Barbeque Safety:

BBQ Safety Tips:

- All barbeque grills must only be used outdoors — using grills indoors or in enclosed spaces is not only a fire hazard, but it exposes occupants to toxic gasses and potential asphyxiation.

 

- Always position the grill well away from combustible objects — buildings, fences, deck railings and landscaping can easily and quickly ignite.

 

- Get your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage.


- Never leave a lit grill unattended.

 

- Always use long handled grilling utensils and heat resistant oven mitts to avoid exposure burns from heat and flames.

 

- Periodically remove grease build-up in catch trays to prevent it from igniting.


- Keep a garden hose nearby, connected and ready for use in case of a fire.

Recreational Vehicle Safety:

Recreational Vehicle Fire Safety Tips:

 

Whether camping, partying or just relaxing in your RV, fire safety is essential.  It is critical that every member of your party know what to do in an emergency or fire. The following are some safety tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • In an emergency, please make sure we can find you – SECONDS DO COUNT!  When travelling in an RV, it’s crucial to know your location so emergency responders can find you in the event of an emergency.  Be aware of your location and surroundings.

  • Confirm the local emergency numbers for police, fire and ambulance.

  • Some campgrounds are in more remote areas that may not provide cell phone coverage.  Check your cell phone coverage.

  • When vacationing in an isolated area, keep in mind that help from emergency services may be some distance away.  It’s vitally important that you eliminate your risk from fire and have a fire escape plan in place that everyone is familiar with and has practiced.  Have at least two escape routes – one in the front and one in the rear of the RV.  Test all escape windows, hatches and door latches for smooth operation and keep all escape windows, hatches and doors clear of any obstructions.  As soon as they are old enough, teach children how to open escape hatches and emergency exits and have them practice. 

  • The first rule of RV firefighting is to save lives first and property second.  Get yourself and your family to safety before attempting to extinguish any fire.  Only if you can do so without endangering yourself or others should you use firefighting aids on hand.  Re-emphasize to everyone aboard that objects can be replaced, people can’t!  Never re-enter a burning RV to retrieve anything – GET OUT & STAY OUT!

  • Install and maintain at least one smoke alarm in your RV near the sleeping area. Depending on the size of your RV and placement of sleeping areas, more than one smoke alarm may be required. 

  • Install and maintain at least one carbon monoxide alarm in your RV near the sleeping area.

  • Ensure that all travellers in the RV know what the sound of each type of alarm indicates and what to do when they hear it.

  • Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms weekly when the RV is in use.

  • Install a fully charged multi-purpose or ABC fire extinguisher in a visible, easily accessible location near an exit where escape is also an option.  Make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.  If you already have a fire extinguisher installed, check the pressure gauge to ensure it is fully charged, indicated by the needle in the green area.  A partially discharged fire extinguisher is always considered an empty one – have it refilled or replaced immediately.  Also, keep in mind that the dry chemical inside the extinguisher tends to pack down in the bottom of the extinguisher over time, which may make it ineffective.  Once a month pick up the fire extinguisher, check the gauge or pin for pressure, turn it upside down and hit the bottom sharply with your hand, then shake it well.  This should dislodge any compacted dry chemical inside the extinguisher. 

  • Most residential fire extinguishers discharge in 8-10 seconds with a range of only 2 – 3.5 meters (6’–10’).  They should only be used to extinguish small, contained fires or to reduce a fire sufficiently to allow escape.

  • Remember, DON’T FIGHT A FIRE unless you call the fire department first!  A fire extinguisher is no substitute for the fire department.

  • Ensure family members know how to use the extinguishers and understand which extinguishers are effective on what types of fires. 

  • Have your fuel-burning appliances checked at the beginning of each camping season to ensure they are properly vented, free of any obstructions such as cobwebs, birds nests, etc., and working well.

  • Gas cylinders, pipes, fittings and connections should be checked regularly, particularly after driving on bumpy roads, which may loosen connections.

  • Only a certified propane fitter may legally install or remove propane piping, tubing equipment and appliances in an RV.  Be sure to look for approved products bearing the Canadian Gas Association (CGA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC) logos on the rating plate of new appliances.

  • Maintain the RV’s mechanical systems, such as radiator hoses, fuel lines, brake systems, transmission, etc., in good working order to eliminate the risk of any leaks or malfunctions that may result in a fire.

  • Ensure that the extension cord for connecting your RV to a campground’s 110v electricity supply is in good condition and of suitable gauge wire to handle the electrical load placed upon it.  Damaged extension cords must be replaced immediately.

  • Check all electrical appliances for frayed cords and any other visible

  • Electrical generators produce exhaust gasses, which contain carbon monoxide.  It is important to have the exhaust pipes extend sufficiently past the side walls or rear of the RV so that prevailing air currents can disperse this lethal gas away from the vehicle and not have it drawn back into an open window on the RV.

  • Ensure that you allow the generator to cool down before re-fuelling.  Always shut off the generator and any other fuel-burning appliances

  • Driving with propane on can add to the danger if you are involved in an accident or have a fire.  Shut off the propane at the tank and turn off all propane-powered appliances while driving. 

  • When re-fuelling the propane tanks or the RV’s fuel tank it is important to shut off all interior burners, pilot lights, appliances, automatic ignition switches, as well as the RV’s motor and have all passengers exit the vehicle.

  • Propane cylinders, relief valves and regulating equipment must be located either outside the vehicle, or in a compartment gas-tight to the interior to allow any possible leaks to flow to the outside air.  Keep propane cylinders outside unless a properly designed storage compartment has been fitted on your RV.

  • Propane cylinders should not be mounted on the back of an RV.  Propane cylinders mounted on the back of the RV pose a hazard in the event of a rear-end collision unless substantial protection to the tank is provided.

  • Show all travellers how to shut off propane valves and how to unhook 110v electrical supply cord, should either be required in an emergency.

  • Store all flammable liquids, including small disposable propane cylinders outside of the RV.

  • Whenever using the stove in your RV, open an overhead vent or turn on the exhaust fan and open a window a small amount to allow fresh air in and carbon monoxide gases out

  • The stove should never be used to heat the interior of the RV.

  • Never leave cooking unattended.

  • Store all clothes, linens and other combustibles well away from the kitchen area.  In the compact kitchens in RVs combustibles such as paper towels and curtains are likely to be closer to the stove, so exercise even greater caution than you do at home when cooking in your RV.

  • Keep all lighters and matches safely out of the reach of children.

  • Leave plenty of clearance between your propane lamp or lantern and any combustible materials.  Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for space clearance.  Select a level surface on which to place the lamp or lantern.  Ensure you have adequate ventilation whenever using a propane-powered appliance.

  • A lantern is not a space heater. Use it only as a light source. Always detach the propane cylinder before transporting a lantern and secure the cylinder in a vertical, upright position.

  • Establish safe campfire rules to be followed when camping.

 

 

Smoke Alarm/Detector Safety Tips

 

Smoke alarms save lives. When there's a fire, smoke spreads rapidly and smoke alarms are needed to give you time to get out. Approximately 2/3 of home fire deaths were in homes which never had smoke alarms or working smoke alarms.

 

The Law in Newfoundland and Labrador now states that each bedroom must have a working smoke alarm. Also, install  a smoke alarm outside each separate sleeping area and at least one on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. 
 

An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) should be installed in homes.

 

A monthly test should be performed on all smoke alarms by using the test button.

 

Smoke rises; install smoke alarms high on a wall or on a ceiling according to the manufacturer's instructions. Keep the manufacturer's instructions for testing and maintenance.

 

Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. A good practice is to change the batteries when times change. If a smoke alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

 

Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly to smoke or testing.

 

Be sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

 

Alarms that are hard-wired (and include battery backup) must be installed by a qualified electrician.

 

If cooking fumes or steam sets off nuisance alarms, replace the alarm with an alarm that has a "hush" button. A "hush" button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.

 

An ionization alarm with a hush button or a photoelectric alarm should be used if the alarm is within 20 feet of a cooking appliance.

 

Smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement in addition to the usual alarm sound, may be helpful in waking children through the use of a familiar voice.

 

Smoke alarms are available for people who are hearing impaired. These devices use strobe lights and vibration devices can be added to these alarms.

 

Smoke alarms are a critical part of a home fire escape plan.

 

 

 

 

Smoke Alarm Safety:

 

 

BE ALERT FOR ICE SAFETY:

 

Many factors affect ice thickness including: type of water, location, the time of year and other environmental factors such as:

  • Water depth and size of body of water.

  • Currents, tides and other moving water.

  • Chemicals including salt.

  • Fluctuations in water levels.

  • Logs, rocks and docks absorbing heat from the sun.

  • Changing air temperature.

  • Shock waves from vehicles traveling on the ice.

 

Ice Colour

  • The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength.

  • Clear blue ice is strongest.

  • White opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice.

  • Grey ice is unsafe. The grayness indicates the presence of water.

 

Did you know ice thickness should be:

  • 15 cm for walking or skating alone

  • 20 cm for skating parties or games

  • 25 cm for snowmobiles.

 

Check with local authorities before heading out. Avoid going out on ice at night.

 

When You Are Alone On Ice

If you get into trouble on ice and you're by yourself:

  • Call for help.

  • Resist the immediate urge to climb back out where you fell in. The ice is weak in this area.

  • Use the air trapped in your clothing to get into a floating position on your stomach.

  • Reach forward onto the broken ice without pushing down. Kick your legs to push your torso on the ice.

  • When you are back on the ice, crawl on your stomach or roll away from the open area with your arms and legs spread out as far as possible to evenly distribute your body weight. Do not stand up! Look for shore and make sure you are going in the right direction.

When You Are With Others On Ice

  • Rescuing another person from ice can be dangerous. The safest way to perform a rescue is from shore.

  • Call for help. Consider whether you can quickly get help from trained professionals (police, fire fighters or ambulance) or bystanders.

  • Check if you can reach the person using a long pole or branch from shore – if so, lie down and extend the pole to the person.

  • If you go onto ice, wear a PFD and carry a long pole or branch to test the ice in front of you. Bring something to reach or throw to the person (e.g. pole, weighted rope, line or tree branch).

  • When near the break, lie down to distribute your weight and slowly crawl toward the hole.

  • Remaining low, extend or throw your emergency rescue device (pole, rope, line or branch) to the person.

  • Have the person kick while you pull them out.

 

Move the person to a safe position on shore or where you are sure the ice is thick. Signal for help.
 

Ice Safety:

 

• Electrically-connected smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will not work when the power is out unless they have battery back-ups. Make sure your home has battery-operated smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
• Everyone should know how to get out immediately if there is a fire. Plan and practice your escape plan before emergencies happen.
• Use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles. If using candles, place them in a secure holder and cover them with a glass chimney, away from children and pets.
• Propane and charcoal barbecues are for outdoor use only. Do not bring them inside.
• Purchase generators with recognized approval labels. Make sure the unit has proper connection receptacles and circuit breakers.
• Portable generators should only be used outdoors and carefully located to ensure that exhaust fumes do not enter the home. Allow the generator to cool before refueling. Refuel the generator outside, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Store fuel for the generator in approved containers, outside the home.
• Use only portable space heaters that have been designed for indoor use and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Provide adequate ventilation by opening a window slightly while the heater is in use. Before refueling, turn off the heater, wait for it to cool and take the heater outside to refuel.
• Make sure electric stove elements and small appliances are OFF or unplugged to prevent fires from occurring when the electricity is restored.
• Cordless phones will not work when the power is out, so it is recommended to have at least one phone that does not require electricity to operate.
• Use extreme caution during flood emergencies and power outages. Electrical equipment impacted by flood water can be extremely dangerous.

 
Stay safe!

 

Power Outage Safety:

 

10 tips to prevent problems before they occur:

 

  1. Get your vehicle ready for winter in the fall.

  2. Install four matching winter tires.

  3. Pack an emergency kit.

  4. Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them.

  5. Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions.

  6. Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip.

  7. Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather.

  8. Avoid using cruise control on slippery roads.

  9. Travel with a fully charged cell phone.

  10. SLOW DOWN and WEAR your seatbelt.

 

Prevention is better than recovery! Winter driving can be risky, so be prepared.

 

For more information, please visit: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safevehicles-safetyfeatures-winterdriving-index-693.htm

Winter Driving Safety:

 

 

        The following is a list of guidelines to follow when using wood burning appliances:

 

  • Clean your chimney regularly and inspect it.

  • Burn dry seasoned wood, which produces more heat and also prevents soot (creosote) buildup. Flue vents should be inspected according to  manufacturer guidelines, and cleaned as appropriate by a qualified individual.

  • Keep the area around the heating unit and flue clear. Most certified appliances have minimum clearance distances that must be met.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in a central location known to all household members. Be certain that it is in good working order and that everyone knows how to operate it.

  • Place smoke detectors throughout the house (at least one in the room containing the wood stove, one in each bedroom and one on every level) and test regularly.

  • Children MUST be supervised AT ALL TIMES when wood stoves are in use.

  • Other household venting appliances (down draft exhaust fans) can diminish proper venting of your wood stove, causing possible smoke damage. During appliance installation, test all other appliances (bathroom fans, stovetop venting, HVAC units, etc.) to ensure that they don’t interfere with proper stove venting.

  • Wood stoves should be safety tested and bear a label from a recognized authority such as a testing lab (ULC, CSA) or building code group (NFPA).

  • To start a fire in your wood stove; crumple up paper on the stove floor and cover with small kindling. Open the draft/damper FULLY and light. Hold the door slightly ajar for a few minutes and then close tightly. Once the wood is burning brightly, add additional dry seasoned wood to the fire. Use the draft control to adjust the burn rate. NEVER light or rekindle a fire with kerosene, gasoline, or charcoal lighter fluid.

  • When re-fueling, open the door slowly to prevent smoke spillage.

  • Ashes removed may contain live coals. Never use a vacuum cleaner to remove ashes. Place ashes in a metal container with a lid. Then, remove it outside, well away from anything that can burn. Allow it to cool thoroughly before disposing of it.

Wood Burning Appliance Safety:

Fireworks Safety:

 

 


• The handling and discharging of all fireworks must only be done by an adult.
• Appoint one adult to be responsible for controlling and igniting the fireworks. The adult appointed should be aware of the hazards of fireworks and the safety precautions.
• Always keep a water hose or bucket of water in close proximity. Appoint one adult to be prepared to use either. Never leave ignited fireworks unattended.
• Make sure that you have all emergency numbers accessible in case of an unforeseen accident....
• Ensure that children and teens have not obtained fireworks for their own use.
• Carefully read and follow the directions on fireworks packaging and follow all instructions, including the required safety distances.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Never light fireworks while holding it in your hand.
• Never re-light “dud” fireworks. Keep the unlit fireworks away from the firing area and in a closed box to prevent accidental ignition.
• Place all discharged fireworks well away from combustible materials, i.e buildings, trees, dry grass, etc. It is recommended that a bucket of water is used to keep all discharged fireworks for 30 minutes after they have been discharged.
• Dispose of fireworks in a metal garbage container.
• Never give sparklers to small children. While sparklers are considered to be harmless fun, they burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
• If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention if required.

Local Emergency Numbers:
Marystown Fire Department - 279-1333
Marystown Ambulance - 279 - 2121
RCMP - 1(800) 709 - 7267

Chimney Fire Safety:

The Best Ways to Prevent a Chimney Fire:


· Only burn seasoned or dried out wood – Wood that is completely dry will sound hollow when hit against another piece of wood, it will be dark in color and may have cracks in the ends. It takes about 6 months for wood to be ready to burn.


· Start fires with clean newspaper or dry kindling – Gasoline or kerosene should never be used to start a fire.


· Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper or your Christmas tree.


· Burn large logs, rather than many smaller logs when possible.


· Get regular chimney inspections and cleanings to remove the excess creosote from the chimney walls and ensure safe burning.

Chimney Fire Safety:

Home Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays:

Home Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays:

The Christmas Tree:

  • Get a freshly cut tree. It will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard. Try to pick a tree with a strong green colour and noticeable fragrance.

  • Always test for freshness before buying. A tree with high moisture content is safer. Very few needles should fall when the butt of the tree is tapped on the ground; needles should bend, not break; and the stump should be sticky with resin.

  • Place the tree in a stand that will hold 2 to 3 litres of water and top it up daily. Make sure it is always immersed in water: If water drops below the trunk, the stem may reseal itself, requiring a fresh cut. Use a tree stand that has widespread legs for better balance.

  • Do not set your tree up near a heat source such as a radiator, television, fireplace, heating duct or sunny window. It should not block doors or windows.

  • Never use lighted candles on the tree.

  • Remove the tree within 10 to 14 days.  After that amount of time in a heated building, even the freshest tree can start to dry out.

 

Decorations:

  • Choose decorations that are flame-retardant, non-combustible and non-conductive.

  • If there are young children or pets in your home, avoid very small decorations.

  • Avoid using angel hair (glass wool) together with spray-on snowflakes. This combination is highly combustible.

  • Do not use metallic ornaments on the tree. If they make contact with defective wiring they could become a shock hazard.

 

Lights:

  • Use Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certified light strings/sets.

  • Use the proper lights for the environment. Indoor light strings/sets should not be used outdoors because they lack weatherproof connections. Some outdoor light strings/sets burn too hot indoors.

  • Inspect light strings/set before use. Check for cracked bulbs and for frayed, broken or exposed wires, and discard if faulty.

  • Do not use electric light strings/sets on metallic trees. A faulty system could energize the tree and shock or electrocute anyone coming into contact. Illuminate metallic trees with colored floodlights placed at a safe distance from the tree and out of reach.

  • Turn off all tree and display lights before retiring for the night or before leaving the house.

 

Candles:

  • Place candles away from absolutely anything that could catch fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended.

  • Burn them only when a responsible adult is overseeing the flame.

  • Put candles in sturdy holders on a stable surface, well away from drafts, curtains, children and pets.

  • Snuff them out before leaving the room or going to sleep.

 

The Fireplace:

  • Never burn gift wrappings, boxes, cartons, or other types of packing in the fireplace. They burn too rapidly and generate far too much heat.

  • Don't hang Christmas stockings from the mantel when the fireplace is in use.

  • Always use a screen in front of the fireplace to protect against flying sparks.

  • Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquids to start a fire.

  • Use only seasoned and dried wood.

  • Never leave the fire unattended or let it smoulder.

  • Clean the ashes regularly. Place the ashes in a metal container and store outside away from flammable materials.

  • Don't use Christmas trees for firewood.

 

Electrical Outlets:

  • There is often a tendency to overload wall outlets during the holiday season. This is an unsafe practice and should be avoided even for short durations.

  • Inspect all cords before using. Make sure they are CSA certified. Look for loose connections or frayed or exposed wire. Discard any defective cords. Read the labels and manufacturer's instructions to ensure proper use.

  • Insert plugs fully into outlets. Poor contact may cause overheating or shock.

  • To avoid possible overheating, do not coil or bunch an extension cord which is in use and do not run it under carpets or rugs.

 

The Kitchen:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.·        

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.·        

  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.·        

  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.·        

  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

 

Last but not least ... make sure your smoke alarms are working!

 

Home Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays:

 

 

Important spring cleaning home fire safety tips from the NFPA:

 

Fact: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.

  • Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.

  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing.

 

Fact: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

  • Ensure smoke alarms are installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

  • Test them at least once a month by pushing the test button.

  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

 

Fact: Most cooking fires in the home involve the stovetop.

  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.

 

Fact: Extension cord fires outnumbered fires beginning with permanent or detachable power cords by two-to-one.

  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use.

  • Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.

 

For more fire safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org/safetytips.

Spring Cleaning Home Fire Safety:

Reporting Emergencies:

Important Information for REPORTING EMERGENCIES via (709)279-1333 or 911:

 

When reporting an emergency via (709)279-1333:
* Our firefighters are dispatched through a paging system. Once you call our 7 digit emergency number, you will either hear a recording or talk directly to one of our Firefighters. 
* Please do not hang up when you hear the recording, our pagers have already sounded & 30 firefighters are waiting for you to speak after the beep. 
* Ensure you provide us the following information when you call:
      1) Your Name
      2) Your Address/Location
      3) Type of Emergency
* Remember to remain calm & talk clearly when reporting an emergency.

 

If you dial our emergency number by mistake, please wait until after the beep & state you have called the wrong number.

 

When reporting an emergency via 911:
* When calling 911, your call will be routed to a 911 call centre based on your location.
* A live call taker will ask "Do you need police, fire or ambulance?" and "What community are you calling from?"
* Remain calm and be prepared to give your information to the emergency dispatcher once your call is transferred.
* Stay on the line, listen carefully and speak clearly. Ensure you provide the following details:
      1) Your Name
      2) Your Address/Location
      3) Type of Emergency
* Know your location(community or area you are in such as building, home address, landmarks, GPS coordinates, road exits/markers, etc.).

 

If you call 911 by mistake do not hang up, please stay on the line and notify the operator that it was a mistake. Under the Emergency 911 Act, false, frivolous or vexatious calls to 911 are an offense with possible penalties of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment upon conviction.

 

Having the civic number posted & providing us with all information possible will assist with an efficient response.

 

Our Firefighters are dispatched through pagers and a secondary notification system, e-dispatch, which is direct to our mobile phones.

 

Our Firefighters are on call 24/7/365 and ready to respond to all emergencies.

Roadway Safety:

Marystown Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 918

97-105 McGettigan Boulevard Marystown, NL

A0E 2M0

Emergency: 911 or (709) 279-1333

Main Office: ( 709) 279-2226

Facsimile: (709) 279-5343
Chief's Cell: (709) 277-3015

marystownfiredept@nf.aibn.com

© 2013 Marystown Volunteer Fire Department

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