As the cold weather goes on, the fire department continues to respond to carbon monoxide issues and gas leaks.
Earlier today, the fire department responded to the 800 block of Schaefer Ave for a reported gas leak. Upon arrival firefighters detected an odor of natural gas and detected high levels of carbon monoxide in the home using our calibrated detection meters.
It is critical that residents have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their home for early detection of these deadly gasses.
The Fire Department wants to wish everyone a very happy and safe new year. Our leadership remains the same for 2018 under the guidance of Chief Brian Bonte.
In 2017, the fire department responded to 308 incidents, a high-level breakout of these incidents can be seen below:
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.
Early this morning Oradell Chief 20 and Tower 21 responded into Paramus as a cover-up while they were at a structure fire. Oradell Tower 21 was eventually moved up to the scene to assist. Oradell members operated for about 2 hours before being being released.
Paramus Daily Voice story
Earlier today, Oradell’s Water Rescue Team responded to Secaucus to assist the Wallington and Lyndhurst Dive Teams with an ongoing search for a missing person.