Welcome to Fire Prevention Week 2017
Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.
In support of Fire Prevention Week, the Oradell Fire Department encourages all households to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.
NFPA and the Oradell Fire Department offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:
- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
The dedicated members of the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department will be ready for this upcoming snow storm and you can help. No one likes Mr. Plow when he comes by, but Mr. Plow is a necessary evil. Mr. Plow likes to cover Mr. Hydrant and we need every Fire Hydrant as accessible as possible. We have responded to many fires in the weather that we are expecting. It CAN happen here – HELP OFD TO HELP YOU. Keep the hydrants clear for 3 feet on all sides.
Its that time of the year again when we spring forward and lose and hour of sleep! What a great time to check and replace those smoke detector batteries. While you are out getting the bread and milk today (more on that in the next post) grab those batteries and get it done!
The Members of the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Please keep fire safety at the top of your list!
Please watch the State Farm Insurance video on Frying Turkey’s with Lt. Kaplan’s good friend Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner): Click Here
Safety tips from the NFPA
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Happy July 4th from the Oradell Fire Department!
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.
North Jersey Fireworks Shows Listings: http://bestofnj.com/north-jersey-fireworks