The Warwick Fire Department (WFD) reports that for the week ending Mon., Mar. 4, they have responded to 71 calls for service to date.
The WFD held an Ice Rescue Drill on Sat., Mar. 2 at Wickham Lake. Firefighters were instructed on how to properly rescue a victim from a lake. Thank you to Warwick EMS who provided standby coverage during the drill and for Rehabilitation Services after the drill was completed for the firefighters.
Key Fire Safety Tips
Many home fires are preventable. The following fire safety tips are provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
While cooking: Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. Turn stove off when unattended.
Give space heaters space:
Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters if no one is in the room or everyone is asleep.
Smoke outside: Ask smokers to smoke outside and provide sturdy, deep ashtrays.
Keep matches and lighters out of reach: Keep them high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.
Inspect electrical cords: Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.
Be careful when using candles:
Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn and blow out candles when leaving a room or going to bed.
Have a home fire escape plan: Have a plan and practice it at least twice a year.
Install smoke alarms: install on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
Test smoke alarms: Test them at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.
Install sprinklers: When building or remodeling a home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take for the fire department to arrive.
Seeking New Members
Firefighters are needed! Do you have what it takes? Are you 16 years or older? Do you want give back to your community? Then come to any firehouse, send an email to Warwickfire150@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page at Warwick NY Fire Department.
Blue Light First Responder Safety
Please continue to watch for our first responders utilizing personal vehicles responding to emergencies. Every second counts in an emergency and our first responders need your help. When you see a blue light for a firefighter or a green light for emergency medical personnel, they are courtesy lights so we are asking for courtesy to safely pull off to the shoulder of the road to let them pass. With your help we all help each other to keep our community safe.