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Front Page : Back to School
  on 2015/9/11 15:00:00 (2286 reads)

Resized ImageReturning to school means grooming ourselfs and our clothing more frequently and includes the use of our clothes dryer almost on a daily basis.
In doing so we must remember how to properly care for the dryer and the consequences if we do not.
The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention encourages residents to pay particular attention to lint build up in the clothes dryer vents as well as the exhaust ducts.

Frequently, lint build up blocks the flow of air, causing excessive heat which could result in a fire. In reviewing the U.S. consumer product commission reports, they estimate 15,000 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually. These fires account for an average of 10 fatalities and over 300 injuries coupled with 85 million dollars in property damage each year.

Additionally, first responders and civilians alike are at risk during those responses.
You can help us in Toms River reduce unnecessary alarms and prevent fires from occuring by following these simple fire safety tips:

Clean the lint screen/filter before or after each load of clothes

Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is running to make sure exhaust air is escaping

Clean behind the dryer where lint can build up

Have a Qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chasis periodically
Replace plastic or foil, accordian type ducting material with rigid metal duct
Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter

The begining of the school year is an excellent time for families to review their escape plan, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and consider the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems. On behalf of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, Welcome Back and have a productive 2015-2016 school year.

Front Page : Fire Works
  on 2015/6/26 7:30:00 (2979 reads)

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Every year in the United States we celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbeques, and fireworks---- things of which happy memories are made . But sadly,Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from the use of fireworks. The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention recommends the safest way to enjoy them is through public displays conducted by professionals hired by the communities.

Each year 30,000 fires in the US are caused by fireworks-7,000 people are injured,7 related fatalities and 35 million dollars in property damage.
Devices such as sparklers, roman candles,and firecrakers are the most common cause of injury to individuals under 15

Many parents who allow children to play with sparklers do not realize the tempratures reach 1500 - 1800 degrees

In New Jersey fire works are illegal, in fact sparklers, and novelty items, such as cigarette loads, trick matches, smoke grenades, as well as firecrackers, roman candles are all illegal in this state. New Jersey laws on fireworks, N.J.S.A. 21:2-1 et seg are very restrictive. The sale of fireworks is a crime of the fouth degree, with a maximum fine of $7,500 and or a jail sentence of up to 18 months. Additionally, any individual who possesses or discharges fireworks is guilty of a petty disorderly offense and subject to a maximum fine of $500.00 and or a jail sentence of up to 30 days. It is the Bureaus intent to make you aware of the dangers and consequences of illegal fire works

The Bureau wishes all a happy and safe summer season and reminds residents to check your local newspaper for upcoming supervised events.

If you have any questions regarding fire works, do not hesitate to call the fire prevention bureau

Front Page : Help Prevent Mulch Fires
  on 2015/5/11 10:50:00 (2491 reads)

[img align=left width=150][/img]The 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 7:50:00 (1868 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 10:20:00 (2529 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

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