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Fire Prevention Week 2015: Open House and Safety Tips

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.

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.)

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Beacon Hose Sets Full Slate of Events This Fall

Beacon Hose has a jam-packed slate of events planned throughout this autumn for both members and the public.

The season began, of course, with the 2015 Upper Valley CSFA Convention and Parade at the end of September.

From there, it only gets more exciting. Here’s a sample of what’s on deck over the next month. We’ll have much more information on all the events coming soon. As always, our updated events schedule is available on our calendar.

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How to Prevent and Treat Frozen Pipes at Home

It’s been awfully cold this winter.

Since it’s been abnormally cold lately, it’s worth sharing a few tips about preventing frozen pipes. (These are from the American Red Cross.)

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

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Help Beacon Hose with our Adopt-a-Hydrant Contest

Update: Thanks for your support!

We need to clear fire hydrants around town after the latest snowstorm this week — you know, the one that was bigger than the fearsome blizzard — so we have started a new Adopt-a-Hydrant contest here in Beacon Falls.

If you have a fire hydrant near your property, we need you to help us out by clearing away the snow and ice (3 feet on all sides, including a path to the road). This could make all the difference in us being able to save life and property in case of a fire in your neighborhood. If you can do that for us, here’s how to enter the contest:

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