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Front Page : Help Prevent Mulch Fires
  on 2015/5/11 6:50:00 (1476 reads)

Open in new windowThe Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention would like to remind residents and local businesses of using common sense when it comes to using mulch to enhance landscaping. Each year during spring and summer months, hundreds of mulch fires are reported across the nation. These fires start out small and are sometimes undetected, but eventually grow into a devestating fire, causing major damage to buildings, homes, and businesses.

Typically, mulch that is piled to deeply, more than a few inches, can build up heat and spontaneously ignite. As the fire starts in the landscaping mulch, it quickly spreads into the schrubbery and than into the home or business. However, the most common cause of mulch fire is human carelessness through inappropriate discarding of smoking materials, including matches.

To help prevent mulch fires, the Fire Bureau recommends the following:
Consider using a colored stone instead of mulch
Use approved receptacles for smoking materials
Be aware of weather conditions, hot spells allow mulch fires to start more easily
Keep mulch beds as moist as possible
Maintain at least 18" of clearance between the mulch bed and combustible materials.

Also Toms River residents whose properties abutt to a wooded area must take the threat of fire seriously, and take precautions to prevent a fire from bridgeing it's way to their home. Some examples consist of keeping our gutters clean of leaves and pine needles, removing dead limbs from trees, having spark arrestors or heavy screen wire on our chimneys,stacking firewood at least 30'ft from our home, establishing and maintaining a minimum fire break by establishing a well watered green lawn, It is also a good idea to have garden hoses connected to the exterior of your home to prevent a small fire from becoming a large one. and lastly, make sure everone(including children know how to dial the emergency service phone number.)

Front Page : Family Fire Drills
on 2015/4/20 3:50:00 (947 reads)

The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention reminds residents that last year over 3,000 Americans lost their lives to the devastation of fire. In most cases, the home did not have working smoke detectors. A sounding alarm gives you the extra seconds you need to get out of your home safely.

Children in preschool and up are capable of following a simple fire drill. Yet many families do not have a detailed escape plan from their home, and those that do usually do not practice them. We encourage families to draw a basic diagram of their homes, marking all the windows and doors, and plan two ways of escape from each room.

Consider various scenarios when creating your plan and drill. When planning, include babies and elderly or handicapped members whom may not be able to escape on their own.

Should you need further assistance in developing a family escape plan feel free to call the bureau for assistance 732-240-5153.

Front Page : Easter /Passover Observances
  on 2015/3/31 6:20:00 (1660 reads)
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Candles cause an estimated 15,000 fires in residential homes, 150 fatalities, and approximately 1300 injuries each year. Additionally, 540 million dollars in property damage

Over 1/2 of those candle fires start because the candle is too close to some combustible material. As we celebrate this holiday season , the Bureau of Fire Prevention reminds residents to observe safety guidelines when using candles

If you are going to use candles (battery operated candles make a great substitute) ensure they are in a sturdy metal,glass, or ceramic holders where they cannot be easily knocked over

Keep candles out of reach of children and pets

NEVER leave the house with candles burning or unattended

Use good comman sense and maintain your early warning devices .

Increasingly, firefighters across the nation arrive on the scene of a deadly fire to discover, destruction had begun from something so harmless looking as a candle. Each day there will be approximately 35 fires started by unattended candles. Help us to help you to prevent fires

Front Page : Be A Sweetheart
  on 2015/2/11 6:50:00 (1185 reads)

Open in new windowThe Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention reminds residents to give the gift of love this Valentines day.
Be a Sweetheart and ensure your love ones reside in a safe enviorment.
Check to ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operable and that you have developed and practiced your family escape plans
Continue to participate in your New Years Resolution to "Resolve to be safe"

Front Page : Early Warning Devices
on 2015/1/22 8:30:00 (1054 reads)

One of the most important safety devices in your home should be a working smoke detector. Smoke detectors have been available to home owners since the late sixties.
Studies have shown time and time again that working smoke detectors and a well rehearsed family escape plan cut your chances of dying in a fire by at least 50%. We read all to frequently of people perishing in fires due to lack of early warning devices, but rarely hear of the thousands of lives that have been saved by them.There are two types of alarms for residential use Ionization and photoelectric. Ionization alarms respond quicker to alert us on flaming fires, whereas, photoelectric are quicker to alert us of smoldering fires. Follow us on toms river fire prevention face book for an ongoing series of Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention urge our residents to seek assistance if you require help in the installation or have any questions regarding the proper placement of these life saving devices.

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