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.
Continue reading Reviewing Snow Ordinances and Fire Hydrant Clearing
Beacon Hose, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), want you to always “Resolve to be Ready” for an emergency, especially during the winter.
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.
Continue reading Resolve to be Ready for a Winter Emergency
Update: Great job to all who participated!
Beacon Hose Co. No. 1 wants to remind all of our residents that this Wednesday, October 7, is Fire Prevention Day! Unfortunately, Beacon Hose isn’t able to visit Laurel Ledge or host an open house this year, but the fire department is inviting everyone to join Operation EDITH!
Operation EDITH stands for “Exit Drills in the Home” and is intended to help families practice their home fire escape plans. All you need to do to participate is wait until Beacon Hose’s fire whistle sounds at 6 p.m., practice your home fire escape plan as a family, and wait outside at your meeting place. Beacon Hose’s firetrucks will be driving through many neighborhoods to see how many families have a secure plan and practiced it with us.
Continue reading Beacon Hose to Participate in Operation EDITH on Oct. 7
The cold temperatures of this winter are coming, so it’s a good idea to make sure your pipes at home are ready in case there’s a deep freeze that threatens to make them burst.
Here’s a quick graphic about how to prepare and what to do if your pipes freeze. There are more tips below the graphic.
Continue reading How to Prevent, Treat Frozen Pipes
UPDATE: Thanks for your support!
It’s almost 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 Friday, 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 “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!” What does this mean? The first line of defense against fire emergencies is you — especially the ways in which you prepare in case you need to escape during a fire. In places where you frequent, you should always have a plan for multiple escape routes in case of fire or other emergency.
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.)
Continue reading BHC’s Annual Fire Prevention Week Open House Set for Oct. 11