Category Archives: Fire Prevention and Safety

Fire Prevention Week 2017: Open House and Safety Tips

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It’s one of our favorite weeks of the year at Beacon Hose — Fire Prevention Week, when we get to share important fire prevention and safety tips with our community.

Make sure to join us Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6-9 p.m. at the firehouse for our open house, when we’ll have hands-on demonstrations to teach some important fire prevention and safety tips! (More info at the bottom of this post.)

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts: Know Two Ways Out.” What does this mean? We want to make sure that all of our residents have developed fire escape plans in their own homes. Everyone who lives in your home should know two ways out of every room, practice them to simulate conditions of a smoky house at nighttime, and have a safe meeting place outside and away from your home so that we know everyone made it out safely.

We also want to make sure our residents have installed smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of their homes, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.

Here are a few key bits of information that you might not know about the importance of smoke detectors and escape plans. (If you’d like to see more fast facts about fires, click here.)

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Safety Tips for Summer Outdoors Celebrations

We love America. You love America. It’s worth celebrating on Independence Day, Labor Day and throughout the whole summer!

Beacon Hose wants you, your family and your friends to celebrate the summer responsibly and safely. Please read the safety tips below, courtesy of the National Fire Prevention Association, about how to grill safely during your summer celebrations.

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Important News for Beacon Falls Blizzard Preparations

The Beacon Falls Emergency Operations Center held a meeting at noon Monday, March 13, at Beacon Hose to discuss preparations for the blizzard expected to strike Tuesday. Those present included First Selectman Chris Bielik; Beacon Hose Chief Jim Trzaski, Asst. Chief Brian DeGeorge, Capt. Howie Leeper, 1st Lt. Cal Brennan and EMS Director Joe Chew; Officer Caroline O’Bar; Town Nurse Sue Mis; and members of the Public Works Department. Beacon Falls Police Lt. Eddie Rodriguez joined via telephone.

Here’s some important news for Beacon Falls residents to know as this snowstorm — which is expected to start in the early-morning hours Tuesday, bring anywhere from 1-2 feet and rates of 1-4 inches per hour, carry 50 mph wind gusts and end by Tuesday evening — approaches:

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Resolve to be Ready for a Winter Emergency

Beacon Hose, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), want you to always “Resolve to be Ready” for an emergency, but especially if it arises during Tuesday’s blizzard.

Taking preparedness actions can save lives and protect property anywhere — at home, in schools, in your neighborhood and in the workplace. We highlight the importance of planning ahead to protect our families and secure our community and homes for disasters. For these reasons, we are asking you to Resolve to be Ready by knowing your risk and taking action.

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Reviewing Snow Ordinances and Fire Hydrant Clearing

It’s a good time for Beacon Falls residents to refresh themselves on the town ordinances involving snow and ice removal from their sidewalks, as well as rules about street parking during snowstorms. Here are the key details to remember:

  • Residents must clear snow and ice away from public sidewalks adjacent to their property in a timely manner after a snowstorm. The ordinance specifies this be done within 12 hours of the end of snow (after 7 a.m.).
  • Residents and private contractors may not clear snow from sidewalks or driveways into a public street.
  • Residents cannot park on public streets for more than one hour while town workers are clearing snow.

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