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August 21, 2019
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Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

Contents: Barbecue Safety Tips, Carbon Monoxide - The Silent Killer, Change Your Clock and Batteries, DID YOU KNOW? , Fall Safety Tips, Halloween Safety Tips, Holiday Safety Tips, Hurricane Warning Safety Actions, Preventing Frozen Pipes, Warning Signs On Heat Related Illnesses

Barbecue Safety Tips

  • Keep grills a safe distance from your home and other buildings.
  • Never store spare propane cylinders under your grill or in your home.
  • Check and clean venture tubes, spider webs often obstruct gas flow and cause a fire around the burner knobs.
  • Be sure that hose connections are tight and check hoses carefully for cracks and leaks; applying soap and water will reveal any leaks.
  • Never leave the grill unattended while in use.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • When using charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluids.
  • Never add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • Always dispose off coals carefully as they can remain hot for hours.


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Carbon Monoxide - The Silent Killer

  • What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?

  • CO is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas.
  • How does CO enter homes?

  • Any fuel burning appliance is a potential source of CO if not properly maintained, vented and in poor working condition.
  • How do I prevent CO?

  • Proper maintenance and venting all fuel burning appliances is crucial. Examples are your furnace, hot water heater, dryers and fireplaces. Never leave a car running in attached garages even with the garage door opened. Never run gas power tools or engines inside.
  • Where should you place CO detectors?

  • You should place CO detector(s) in common hallways, outside sleeping areas and rooms where your family spends a considerable amount of time.
  • What are symptoms of CO poisoning?

  • Initial symptoms are flu like but without the fever. Other signs include headache, fatigue, nausea and dizziness which may seem to last for days. If CO is detected in your home, have everyone leave immediately and call the fire department and wait outside or at a neighbors home.

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Change Your Clock and Batteries

The Rye Brook Fire Department would like to remind you to replace the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and test them when you change your clocks. Working smoke detectors can double your family's chances for a safe escape.

Never remove detector batteries.

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In recent years candles have become the new rage. They come in different shapes, sizes and aromas. As their popularity has grown, the fire service has seen a steady increase of fires started by candles.

The Rye Brook Professional Firefighters offer these safety tips:

  • Use candles only on a solid, flat and level surface.
  • Buy and use only candles that do not tip easily.
  • Always keep candles a safe distance from home furnishings including doors and windows as air movement can easily blow curtains and drapes onto nearby candles catching fire and possibly blocking the exiting of your home.
  • Never leave children or pets in a room with lit candles.
  • Always be sure that all candles are out before leaving your home or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

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Fall Safety Tips

  • Now is a good time to have your furnace and fireplace inspected and cleaned by a professional.
  • Inside your home make sure the area around the furnace is clean and not blocked by storage or other items.
  • Keep the area around the fireplace or wood stove clear of decorations and other materials.
  • Always check that your flue is open before starting a fire.
  • Never use flammable liquids to ignite a fire.
  • Use only seasoned hard woods.
  • Always use a fireplace screen.
  • Never burn just paper or cardboard.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away.
  • Only use a metal container to soak hot ashes in water outside and away from your home.
  • Outside your home check for branches hanging above or blocking chimneys, flues or vents.
  • Cover the chimney with a screen or spark arrester. This will also keep out small animals and birds.
  • Check that your house number is clearly visible from the street.
  • A building permit is required to install any fireplace or wood stove. Check with the Building Department.

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Halloween Safety Tips

  • Be sure costume is flame resistant.
  • Keep it short so children will not trip.
  • Check that their vision will not be blocked by mask.
  • Trim clothing with reflective tape.
  • Always carry a flashlight.
  • Stay in your neighborhood.
  • Only go to houses with the porch light on.
  • Never trick or treat alone. Small children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tell children not to eat treats until a parent has inspected them.
  • Motorists should exercise extreme caution when driving. Be on the alert for small children crossing streets.

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Holiday Safety Tips

  • Choose a freshly cut tree.
  • Fresh tree needles are hard to pull from branches; branches should bend easily and nor break.
  • Make a fresh 2-inch cut on trees before setting in your home.
  • Check water DAILY and keep full; add a ground up aspirin to preserve tree freshness.
  • Keep trees and decorations away from fire places, portable heaters, sparks or open flames. Do not block hall stairs or exits.
  • Carefully check new and old lights; replace worn or damaged lights.
  • Be sure your lights are certified for indoor or outdoor use and use accordingly.
  • Do not link more than three strands of lights together.
  • Never overload electrical outlets or run wires under carpets.
  • Never use candles on trees. Use only candles in a sturdy, nonflammable holder.
  • Keep candles a safe distance from home furnishings, including doors and windows as air movement can easily blow curtains and drapes into nearby candles.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a room with lit candles even for a split second.
  • Always unplug and turn off all decorative lights, check that all candles are out before going out or to bed.
  • If your tree starts to dry out it should be taken down and removed from your home.

We wish everyone a safe Holiday Season
and a very Happy New Year!

Rye Brook Firefighters

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Hurricane Warning Safety Actions

  • Keep a battery-operated AM/FM radio and flashlight on hand. Make sure you have fresh batteries.
  • Listen for weather updates and stay informed.
  • Clear your yard of all loose objects. Hurricane winds can blow things around, causing damage and injury.
  • If you have a boat, make sure it is moored securely.
  • Store drinking water in clean containers. Fill a bathtub with cold water; you may need this for washing dishes and flushing toilets.
  • Protect windows and glass sliding doors with shutters, boards or tape.
  • If you need to evacuate, plan now for that possibility.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

  • In severe cold weather keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing near outer walls. Be sure to move any harmful household chemicals out of the reach of children.
  • Close garage doors after parking or leaving your home.
  • If you plan to be away set your heat no lower than 55 degrees. Have someone check your house daily to make sure the heat is on.
  • Make sure you and your family know how and where to shut off the water in case pipes burst.
  • NEVER allow anyone to thaw frozen pipes with an open flame or torch.

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Warning Signs On Heat Related Illnesses

  • Heat exhaustion warning signs include:

Heavy Sweating Muscle Cramps
Paleness Headaches
Dizziness Weakness
Nausea Fainting

  • Heat stroke can be life threatening. Warning signs include:

High Body Temperature Throbbing Headache
Red, Hot Dry Skin Dizziness
Nausea Confusion

If a person is showing these signs, get the person to a shady area or into air conditioning. Cool the person's body using whatever method you can; water, wet cloth, fanning. Give cool, nonalcoholic beverages to sip. Seek immediate medical assistance.

Limit your activities on excessively hot days and take time to rest in the shade or indoors with a fan or air conditioner on.

NEVER leave children or pets in a car, inside car temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees even on a cool day.

Have a safe summer.

The Rye Brook Professional Firefighters

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