Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the Oradell Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Captain Brian Bonte. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
Congratulations to our five members who graduated from the Bergen County Fire Academy Friday night. These volunteers have spent two nights over the last seven months attending training at the academy. Congrats again!
Pictured Below (L to R): Capt. Brian Bonte, Lt. Joe Gothelf, Lt. Joe Lomoriello, Rick Larkin, Alec Wasserman, Dan Erben, Wil Thorn, and Jared Levine
Oradell Kids Foundation, in partnership with the Oradell Fire Department, will hold their annual 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10th.
This USATF-certified and sanctioned event features a fast, flat course and B-Tag timing by Best Racing Systems. T-shirts are guaranteed to pre-registrants. Medals and prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers overall, as well as the top three male and female finishers in five year age groups, ranging from 9 and under to 80-plus. Medals will also be awarded to the top five male and female Oradell resident finishers, top emergency responders, and top three teams.
The 5K race will be followed by a one-mile family Fun Run / Walk and a family festival. All children who participate in the Fun Run / Walk will receive a ribbon.
Register before October 7th to receive a discounted rate.
To view registration fees, download a race application form, or apply online, click here.
The Fire Department will be marching in this year’s parade, which starts at 9AM on Oradell Avenue by Third Street and then proceeds to Memorial Field.
Just a reminder that consumer fireworks are illegal in the State of New Jersey, please leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2014. An estimated 7,000 of those fireworks-related injuries were treated between June 20 and July 20.