Friday, February 8, 2013

Winter Storm Nemo is Upon Us

Winter Storm Nemo is Upon Us
The Fairview Fire District Reminds its Residents of Some Simple Winter Safety Tips

With the brunt of Winter Storm Nemo upon us, The Fairview Fire District is urging all non-essential personnel to remain home. By staying home you are not only keeping yourself safe, but you are also keeping the roads clear for emergency responders as well as clean up crews trying to make tomorrow’s commute safer.

The fire district is also reminding you that now is the time to be vigilant with checking on your elderly neighbors. “Give them a call once a day will not only reassure them that you are there to help but will also check on their welfare,” says Justin Bohlmann, Public Education Coordinator with The Fairview Fire District. “A thirty second phone call may go along way; especially if it saves a life.”

Another tip Fairview is stressing is although we have not seen a major power problem; there is definite potential over night. If you do lose power and you have a generator please keep the generator at least twenty feet from any residence. Generators emit carbon monoxide that in confined spaces such as your home or garage can be lethal.

Finally Bohlmann stresses, “While shoveling your driveway it is imperative to remember to shovel your fire hydrant. If we need to use your hydrant and it is not cleared, potentially valuable time will be wasted during an emergency. Please remember however that while shoveling snow, you must take breaks. Overexertion can lead to a serious medical emergency.”

The Fairview Fire District is always available for your emergency needs and if you do have an emergency, please remember to dial 911.

Founded in 1910, The Fairview Fire District is located in Dutchess County, New York. We protect the Northern part of the Town of Poughkeepsie and the Southern part of the Town of Hyde Park. The district is four and a half square miles large. There are homes, businesses, colleges, schools, health care facilities and more in the district. Public protection is provided by a combination career and volunteer staff 24/7/365.
If you would like more information on this topic, have questions, or would like to set up an interview with Justin Bohlmann, please contact Chief Christopher Maeder at 845.452.7453 or at