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
The cold temperatures of this winter are here, 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
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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. 12, 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 “hear the beep where you sleep.” What does this mean? We 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 Fire Prevention Week 2016: Open House and Safety Tips
We at Beacon Hose hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. Hopefully you’ll visit us (or maybe you already have) to get a Christmas tree for your own home.
But whether you come down and get your tree from us, or if you cut your own, it’s worth sharing a few tips on how to make sure your tree is set up safely and that you dispose of it safely.
It’s pretty simple, really. Just make sure your tree isn’t too close to a heat source (a radiator or a fireplace that gets used often), blocking a main exit and using damaged lights. Make sure you get rid of the tree when it starts dropping needles, because dry trees are at major risk of catching fire.
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Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on an average day. Beacon Hose wants you to have a safe and healthy holiday!
Cooking is, and has long been, the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally include cooking such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter.
In 2011, Thanksgiving was the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many fires occurring on this holiday as any average day of the year. In 2011, there were 1,210 fires on Thanksgiving, a 183 percent increase over the daily average.
Continue reading Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Reminders