For the week ending on Sun., Aug. 4, the Warwick Fire Department (WFD) reports that it has responded to 259 calls for service to date.
Working smoke alarms save lives. However, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may not be able to depend on the traditional smoke alarm to alert them to a fire. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For added safety, interconnect all the smoke alarms. If one sounds, they all sound. This gives people more time to escape.
Smoke alarms and alert devices are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Strobe lights flash when the smoke alarm sounds. The lights warn people of a possible fire. When people who are deaf are asleep, a pillow or bed shaker can wake them so they can escape. The shaker is activated by the sound of a smoke alarm.
When people who are hard of hearing are asleep, an alert device that uses a loud, mixed, low-pitched sound can wake them. They may find a pillow or bed shaker helpful. These devices are triggered by the sound of the smoke alarm. Research the products and select the ones that best meet your needs.
Search home improvement store websites or use a general search engine to look for strobe light smoke alarms. BRK/First Alert, Gentex, and Kidde brands offer this type of smoke alarm. Find smoke alarm accessories such as pillow or bed shakers, transmitters, and receivers at lifetonesafety.com, safeawake.com and silentcall.com. Choose devices that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
Home fire sprinklers keep fires small. This gives people more time to escape in a fire. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. For more information visit www.nfpa.org/disabilities.
Drill & Inspections
On Mon., July 29, the WFD held a Department Water Rescue Operational Drill at the lake in Wickham Woodlands Wickham. Firefighters were instructed in Boat Operation and Water Rescue education safety techniques. Thank you to the Town Board and the Department of Public Works for their support.
On Sat., Aug. 3, the WFD held their Annual Inspections. The Board of Fire Commissioners and Chief Officers completed Inspections of all apparatus and stations. A great job was done by all!
Fire Prevention Week
As Fire Prevention Week approaches, The Warwick Fire Department reminds residents that the WFD participates in a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Fire Escape!” For more general information visit www.fpw.org.
The WFD will host the 104th Annual Orange County Volunteer Firemen’s Parade on Sat., Sept. 28. A convention will be on Sun., Sept. 22. For all Convention and Parade updates follow the WFD on Facebook and Instagram.
Raffle Tickets & Firefighters Needed
The Goodwill Hook and Ladder Company #1 and the Warwick Fire Police are currently both selling raffle tickets to help support these organization. In addition, firefighters are needed to join the WFD.
For more information call 986-3473 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.