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  • Safety Tips for Grilling and Campfires

    Norman Peters|Jun 7, 2012

    Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to outdoor cooking and recreational fires. Annually, there are almost 3,800 Americans injured by gas or charcoal grill fires. (Source: CPSC) Summertime should be a time of fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following safety instructions will help everyone have a safe summer. Grill Safety * Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used...

  • Fire Safety for this coming holiday season

    Norman Peters|Dec 8, 2011

    HOLIDAY DECORATIONS Decorating for the winter holidays is fun but can lead to tragedy if you don’t practice fire safety. Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. • Don’t place your live Christmas tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. • Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. • Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove. • Inspect holiday lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps...

  • Stay safe when cooking this Thanksgiving

    Norman Peters|Nov 23, 2011

    Cooking equipment is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries. Whether you are cooking the family holiday dinner or a snack for the children, practicing safe cooking behaviors will help keep you and your family safe. •Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. •Use turkey fryers outdoors away from buildings and items that can catch fire. •Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a wooden deck. It’s a recipe for serious injury or even death to wear loose clothing (especially hanging sleeves...

  • DEC advises to avoid burning brush in northern Franklin Co.

    Norman Peters|Apr 2, 2009

    Residents of northern Franklin County should avoid burning brush during early spring when environmental conditions create an increased likelihood of causing a wildfire, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers today advised. Every spring forest rangers and firefighters respond to hundreds of wildfires caused by debris burning. In fact, debris burning is the most common preventable cause of wildfires in New York State. The lack of green vegetation, plenty of available fuels such as dry grass and leaves, warm...