Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 Americans each year and approximately injure 20,000 more. U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 2 million fires each year, with three-quarters of them occurring in residences.
A home is often referred to as a safe haven. This month, make sure your home is protected from (and your family is prepared for) a fire. Here are 10 simple tips to help you avoid fires and reduce the risk of injury should one occur:
1) Smoke Alarms – These are still a very important addition to your home. Smoke alarms are widely available and inexpensive. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly.
2) Prevent Electrical Fires – Don’t overload circuits or extension cords. Cords and wires should never be placed under rugs or in high traffic areas. Avoid loose electrical connections by checking the fit of the plug in the wall outlet. If the plug loosely fits, inspect the outlet right away. A poor connection between the plug and the outlet can cause overheating and can start a fire in minutes.
4) Alternate Heaters – Make sure there is ample space around any portable heating unit. Anything that could catch fire should be at least three feet away. Inspect your chimney annually and use fire screens to help keep any fires in the fireplace.
5) Fire Safety Sprinklers –When combined with working smoke alarms, home fire sprinklers greatly increase your chance of surviving a fire. Sprinklers are affordable and they can increase property value and lower insurance rates.
6) Create An Escape Route –Create and practice your escape plan with your family from every room in the house. Practice staying low to the floor and checking for hot doors using the back of your hand. It’s just like a routine school fire drill – but in your home.
7) Position Appliances Carefully – Try to keep TV sets, kitchen and other appliances away from windows with curtains. If there is a wiring problem, curtains can spread a fire quickly. Additionally, keeping your appliances away from water sources (like rain coming in from windows) can help prevent wiring damage which can lead to a fire.
8) Clean Dryer Vents – Clothes dryers often start fires in residential areas. Clean the lint filter every time you start a load of clothes to dry or after the drying cycle is complete. Make sure your exhaust duct is made of metal tubing and not plastic or foil. Clean the exhaust duct with a good quality dryer vent brush to prevent blockage & check for lint build up behind the dryer at least twice a year.
9) Be Careful Around the Holidays – If you fill your home with lights during the holiday season, keep them away from anything that can easily catch fire. Check all of your lights prior to stringing them up and dispose of anything with frayed or exposed wires.
10) Conduct Regular Inspections – Check all of your electronic equipment and wiring at least once a month. Taking a little time to do this each month can really pay off.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
The fire company will be hosting The Mario’s Fight 3rd Annual Lemonade Stand on Saturday June 8th from 9am to 5pm. Please come out and help us reach our $50,000 goal. There will be plenty of fun for the entire family including: a fire truck slide, dunk tank, face painter, chinese auction (lots of items), and much more. All of the money raised will go to The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to fund pediatric cancer research. http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/91994
Monday, May 6, 2013 13:00
Woolwich Fire Company is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive on May 6th starting at 1pm. The blood drive will be held at the Woolwich Fire Station on Kings Hwy in Swedesboro
Saturday, April 27, 2013 09:00
The Fire Company will be having a hoagie sale on April 27th from 10:00AM til they are all sold. American and Italian hoagies are $5/each. Please come out and support your local volunteers.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:00
The Fire Company will be having a hoagie sale on April 13th from 10:00AM til they are all sold. American and Italian hoagies are $5/each. Please come out and support your local volunteers.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Firefighters Joe Shinn and Kevin Talarico ran in the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Lemon Run 5k. This annual event raises money for childhood cancer research. Joe and Kevin ran on the team Mario’s Mercenaries in honor of Mario Carpino- who was diagnosed with inoperable brain tumors in 2007. Firefighter Joe Shinn completed the race in full turnout gear! This run had special meaning to Joe because he is a cancer survivor. Congratulations to Joe on all of your hard work.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office requested a Fire Dept Strike Team from Gloucester County to assist them with the numerous 911 calls they were receiving after Hurricane Sandy. Woolwich Fire Co sent Engine 2512 with members Captain Brian Slusar, Lieutenant Jon Keller, Lieutenant Ed Barber III, Firefighter Shawn Bittmann and Firefighter Don Moul. The crew pulled a 32-hour shift and responded to over 50 calls for assistance.
Friday, October 12, 2012
The officers and members of the department would like to congratulate Firefighter Andy Bean for graduating Marine Corps basic training at Paris Island, NC. Welcome home, stay safe, and sempre fidelis brother.