For the week ending Fri., Aug. 30, the Warwick Fire Department (WFD) has responded to 290 calls for service to date.
On Mon., Aug. 26, the WFD held their joint monthly department drill. They were dispatched at 7 p.m. to a drill for all four companies at Warwick Station #4 for a simulated fire. They demonstrated Engine and Truck Co. skills. All firefighters did a phenomenal job and were assisted onsite by the Warwick Fire Police who helped secure the perimeters of the drill. Officers and members also completed weekly truck checks of all apparatus. On Thurs., Aug. 29, the WFD Firefighter Assist Search Team held its monthly teams drill at Warwick Station #4.
The WFD would like to wish the Warwick Valley Central School District schools, staff and families a safe and happy school year. To all the children the WFD wishes you a great year. Be safe, be smart and have a great year!
Fire Safety Prevention Tips
Check smoke alarms! Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. Install smoke alarms on every level of a home and outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom. Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into the home’s electrical system. Consider installing a smoke alarm that has a 10-year battery. Smoke alarms expire after 10 years. If an alarm is more than 10 years old, install a new one.
Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room. As part of the plan, designate one person to get infants and small children out safely. Have a back-up plan for young children just in case the primary person is overcome by smoke. Smoke is toxic. Teach children to “get low and go” if there is smoke when they are leaving the home.
Practice feeling the door, doorknob and cracks around the door with the back of a hand to see if they are too hot. Help children practice this step. Choose a place to meet outside that is a safe distance away from the home. In the event of a fire, leave the home immediately. Once out of the house, stay out. Wait to call 911 until after being out of the home. If there is a fire and you don’t hear the building’s fire alarm, pull the nearest fire alarm “pull station” on your way out. Know all of the building’s fire escape exits and use the stairs to get out. Don’t use the elevator. If you cannot safely escape the home, keep smoke out of the room by covering vents and cracks around the door, and call 911 or the fire department. Signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
Remember to keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, and always closely supervise children and pets when the heater is turned on. Turn space heaters off when leaving a room. If using gasoline-powered devices, store gasoline in a locked location where children cannot access it. Keep only small quantities in an approved container that has child safety features.
To prevent possible fires, avoid plugging several appliance cords into the same electrical socket. Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended. Keep anything that can catch fire, such as dish towels or wooden spoons, away from your stovetop.
Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency, and make sure you know how it works. Most people don’t know how to use one. Fireplaces should be protected by a sturdy screen. Remember that glass screens can take a long time to cool down. For those using a fireplace or wood stove, burn only seasoned hardwood such as oak, ash or maple. If small children live in or visit the home, use a safety gate around the fireplace or wood stove.
Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and always blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep. Make a habit of placing matches, gasoline and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys. Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children.
Help is needed at all Warwick Fire Stations. For those 16 and older call the WFD at 986-3473 or send an email to email@example.com.