Fire Prevention

The Building Log  (12/18/2017)
By: C. LaBarbera
Building Official

The staff in the Code Enforcement Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  We would like to end this year with these safety reminders for the Christmas season:

1.  Ensure that stockings near a lit fireplace are at a safe distance.

2.  Don’t overload extension cords.  Tree lights and other Christmas lights should be plugged into a G.F.I extension cord/surge protector.

3.  Never leave Christmas lights on when sleeping or away from home.

4.  Always keep your Christmas tree well watered.

5.  Never leave candles unattended.

6.  Keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice.  

7.  DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.

And most importantly, without the proper address identification on your house, Santa may not be able to find you to deliver all those presents.

From the entire staff at the Code Enforcement Offfice,  HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY SEASON!

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The Building Log
By: C. LaBarbera
Building Official

During the month of October we observe Fire prevention throughout the country. In our own community during fire prevention month, our local fire departments open their doors to welcome our community’s children into their fire house’s.The firemen do a wonderful job explaining how the fire trucks and equipment work, and talking about fire safety. In our schools, the teachers teach the children about fire safety and what to do if there is a fire. The teachers also talk about things like crawling low in smoke, how smoke alarms save lives, not to play with lighters & matches, how to call for emergency assistance, and to stop drop and roll. All these individuals do a great job helping to promote fire safety in our community.

Now it’s our turn as parents to make sure our homes are fire safe. Do you have a wood burning stove, fireplace, or space heater? If so, make sure it’s in good working order in the beginning of every season and then keep the following precautions in mind:
• Burn only dry seasoned hardwood in wood stoves and fireplaces.
• Have your chimney inspected every year, check flues and dampers to be sure they’re in good working condition.
• Keep a fire screen in front of fireplaces
• Remember kerosene heaters are prohibited in New York State in all residences

What can you do to keep your furnace area safe from fire?
• Have your furnace regularly cleaned and maintained by a qualified service technician.
• Keep the area around your furnace clear from combustible material like newspapers & rags.
• Be sure all flammable material like paints are sealed in their proper container.
• Make sure you have a smoke alarm in the basement and a fire extinguisher.

Lastly, make sure all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are in good working order. New York State Law requires smoke alarms to be located in all sleeping rooms, and on every floor including the basement. Carbon monoxide alarms are required on every level that has bedrooms and shall be located within 15 feet of bedrooms. Did you know? Now is the time to change your batteries in your smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be cleaned by carefully vacuuming the inside with the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Finally, after the new batteries are installed, test the unit by lighting a match and blowing it out by the smoke alarm, the alarm should activate.