Happy New Year from the City of Watertown Fire Department.
Please remember these safety recommendations to help keep you and your family safe this New Year.
Smoke Detector/Carbon Monoxide alarm batteries should have been changed in October, however if you forgot, now is a good time to do it. “Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives”
Fresh Christmas trees are typically dried out by now. Make sure you do not have your Christmas tree near any type of heat source or open flame. Watch the “live Christmas tree fire” on Youtube to understand how fast these trees can spread a fire.
Do NOT burn your Christmas tree in your wood stove or fire place. These trees will generate creosote in your chimney making for a dangerous chimney fire.
If the power goes out, be sure to place any working generator away from your home’s doors, window’s, vent pipes or any other area which can draw the carbon monoxide fumes into your home. Understand the signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and safe operations before you need it.
According to FEMA, ice 3 inches or less, or with major cracks is dangerous. STAY OFF OF THE ICE!!! Ice thickness 4” should hold one 170 lbs person standing, walking, or ice fishing. Stay with a partner whenever on or near the ice.
Use extreme caution with candles. Be alert for small children, pets and combustibles placed too close to the candle or any open flame. (36” is a recommended distance)
The use of extension cords are designed for temporary use and should be adequate for the appliance they are supporting. The wrong size extension cord can result in an electrical fault and fire.
According to the FEMA (2010-2012) fire report, (a) residential building fires peaked 11% during the month of January, (b) Smoke Alarms were not present in 22% of the larger non-confined fires, and (c ) an estimated 2465 deaths occurred with $7 billion in property loss. Heating appliances should be serviced by a qualified technician.
Please help us locate the fire hydrant near your home by keeping it shoveled out, or if unable to shovel it clear, place a marker in the snow so we can locate it.
Please take the time to make sure your home is safe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
“Fire is Everyone’s Fight”
City of Watertown Fire Department
224 S Massey St.
Watertown, New York 13601
(315) 785-7821 Fax
(315) 785-7800 Admin.