Chief’s Spring 2020 Message

Spring is arriving soon and your thoughts may be turning to that dreaded ritual of spring cleaning.   With it comes a timely reminder to keep your home safe from the threat of fire. In an effort to make this “Spring Cleanup” a fire safe one, here are a few safety tips:

  • Test your smoke alarms monthly.
  • To help prevent nuisance alarms, gently vacuum your smoke alarm every six months or as needed.
  • Change batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Never borrow smoke alarm batteries to use for toys or other equipment.
  • Replace all smoke alarms at least every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Keep outdoor debris or dead vegetation away from the house.
  • Store gasoline in a shed or detached garage in an approved container and not in your home.
  • Use outdoor barbecue grills with caution. Place in a safe area away from building, windows, heating ventilation and air conditioning units or places with high/dead vegetation.
  • Keep all outdoor grills outside. Not under overhangs or balconies and away from combustibles.
  • Check your propane barbecue grill hose for leaks and cracks; never store propane tanks indoors.

A follow up to our future planning, we are still working with both Villages on a plan for the future. In that plan, we are looking at a new fire station. We are currently in the first stages of this and are looking at what is required in a new fire station, what impact future growth will have on the department and site locations that would best serve both communities. There will be more information to follow.

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