Monday, July 23, 2012

For Immediate Release

July 23, 2012

Reply to: Chief Christopher Maeder

At approximately 14:00 hours (2:00 PM) Fairview Firefighters were dispatched for a reported fire in the copier room at 99 Inwood Avenue, Poughkeepsie; the Residential Administration offices for Abilities First.   Firefighters and equipment arrived within three (3) minutes of being called and discovered an active fire in the structure.   Firefighters were able to enter the structure and extinguish the fire with the initial handline.   The fire was contained to the room of origin and the combustibles located inside.   Mutual aid was received by the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department, Roosevelt Fire Department, and Mobile Life Support Services.  Additionally, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police and Building Departments were called to the scene.  There were no injuries reported by occupants of firefighting personnel.

Immediate response by on duty firefighters resulted in a fire that was able to be quickly contained.  It is anticipated that Abilities First personnel will be able to reoccupy the structure tomorrow. 

Please remember that Fairview Firefighters (both paid and volunteer) are committed to your safety and are here when you need us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Electrical Cord Safety

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) reports that there are an estimated 28,300 electrical fires in residential structures each year.  These fires result in approximately 360 deaths and 1000 injuries annually.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association, many of these fires are avoidable.   Oftentimes, these fires are a result of misuse.  Examples include overloading circuits, lack of maintenance, and electrical cords in traffic areas of the floor.

Some tips to keep you and your family safe include:
·         Extension cords should be used for temporary applications
·         Use electrical cords that are approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL)
·         Avoid running cords in walk areas
·         Do not overload outlets
·         Follow manufacturers recommendations
·         Replace old, worn, or damaged cords
·         Never use an electrical cord that feels hot
·         Unplug electrical cords when they are not being used.  

Please remember that Fairview Firefighters are committed to your safety and are here when you need us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

9 Fires Documentary

Please take a moment to watch the trailer from the Michael H. Minger Foundation.  In September they will be releasing the video so that communities may promote fire safety.   For more information please go to

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy 4th of July

The Fairview Fire District would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.  More than just a holiday, it is a day to celebrate our independence.  Please remember to practice safety when using your grill, fireworks, and the heat.  See the tips below:
Grill Safety:
·         Always make sure that the grill is used in a safe place, where kids and pets won't touch or bump into it. Keep in mind that the grill will still be hot after you finish cooking, and anyone coming into contact with it could be burned.
·         If you use a grill lighter, make sure you don't leave it lying around where children can reach it. They will quickly learn how to use it.
·         Never leave the grill unattended, as this is generally when accidents happen.
·         Keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby.
·         Ensure that the grill is completely cooled before moving it or placing it back in storage.
·         Ensure that the grill is only used on a flat surface that cannot burn, and well away from any shed, trees or shrubs.
·         Clean out the grease and other debris in the grill periodically. Be sure to look for rust or other signs of deterioration.
·         Don't wear loose clothing that might catch fire while you're cooking.
·         Use long-handled barbecue tools and flame-resistant oven mitts.

Fireworks Safety:
·         Use fireworks outdoors only.
·         Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them. (FYI Consumer Fireworks are illegal in New York State)
·         Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
·         Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
·         Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
·         Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
·         Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
·         Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Please report illegal explosives to the police department in your community.

Preventing Heat Related Illness:
  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    • Infants and young children
    • People aged 65 or older
    • People who have a mental illness
    • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).