Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving

November 16, 2012 – While most people consider overeating the greatest peril of Thanksgiving, cooking the day’s feast presents its own risks, too.
The National  Fire Protection Association(NFPA) says Thanksgiving Day  is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year. In 2010, there were 1,370 fires on Thanksgiving, a 219 percent increase over the daily average.
Overall, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 156,400 home fires involving cooking equipment in 2010. These fires caused 420 civilian deaths, 5,310 civilian injuries, and $993 million in direct property damage.
By recognizing the risks of the holidays and making simple adjustments, people can greatly reduce their chance of home cooking fires.
  1. Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  2. When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  3. Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  4. Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire…
  1. Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  2. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.
  3. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear path out of the home, and that someone has called the fire department.
  4. Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  5. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Source- NFPA

The firefighters from Fairview would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.   Please remember that Fairview Firefighters are here when you need us 24 hours a day and seven days a week....  including Thanksgiving.   

Friday, November 16, 2012

Structure Fire For Immediate Release


Christopher Maeder, Chief
Fairview Fire District
258 Violet Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

At approximately 55 minutes after midnight, the Fairview Fire District was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 15 Yates Avenue, in the Town of Hyde Park.   Upon response, firefighters were advised that there was possibly a person trapped.  Fairview firefighters arrived to find an active fire in the basement with two occupants and a family pet inside.  All were safely removed from the structure by first arriving personnel.  The fire was then quickly kept to the basement of the structure.  

The occupants were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.   No injuries were reported by personnel who responded.   Assisting Fairview at the scene included Roosevelt Fire Department, City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department, Pleasant Valley Fire Department, Dutchess County Sherriff’s Office, Mobile Life Support Services, and the Dutchess County Dept. of Emergency Response.  Highland Fire Department stood by at Fairview Fire Station.  Red Cross was assisting the occupants for their shelter needs. 

The fire is currently under investigation.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fairview Relocates to Long Island

Fairview Firefighters are once again deploying to help communities on Long Island that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.   This morning a crew of four personnel and engine 41-12 left to provide relief to firefighters; many who have lost everything.   In addition to Fairview, Arlington and Millbrook Fire Departments sent manpower and equipment.  

We here at Fairview are proud of our members who have offered to respond.  We wish them a safe deployment.   

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.   

At 10:00 firefighters arrived and were sent to the City of Long Beach Fire Department.  Below is a picture taken from Long Beach Fire Departments Facebook site.