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Front Page : Welcome
on 2014/9/3 11:20:00 (1625 reads)

Welcome to the Toms River Fire Prevention Bureau's new home on the world wide web. This page will be regularly updated with relevant fire prevention topics. All of the pages within this site will be kept up to date to help you, help us, prevent fires. Be Safe

Front Page : Back to School
  on 2014/9/3 11:20:00 (659 reads)

Open in new windowReturning 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 school year

Front Page : College Bound ?
on 2014/8/28 8:20:00 (288 reads)

Each year college and university students on and off campus experience hundreds of fire related emergencies nationwide.

Toms River Bureau of fire prevention wants your academic experience to be a safe and pleasant one

There are several specific causes for fires on college campuses, including cooking, overloaded power strips, smoking and candles to name a few.
For most New students leaving home for the first time, the last fire safety training they received was in grade school, but with this new independence comes new responsibilities. It is important that both on and off campus students understand fire risks and know the preventive measures that could save their lives.


Mom and Dad if you are looking for a great going away to college gift for your son or daughter, consider including a portable fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon alarm, and first aid kit for their safety away from home.

For additional fire safety tips and techniques please visit us on Facebook College Bound ?

Front Page : Fire Works
  on 2014/6/16 9:30:00 (1254 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 : Steps to Reducing False Alarms
  on 2014/5/15 7:50:00 (1008 reads)

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Whether false alarms are caused by burned popcorn, maliciousness, lack of maintence, poor design, there is nothing amusing about them.
Facilities and individuals who fail to adequately address this issue run the risk of placing emergency responders at risk each time they respond. Additionally, individuals begin to become complacent and stop taking the alarms seriously.
Employers should encourage and implement educational programs that provide risk analysis,
introduction to the workings of fire protection equipment and devices as part of their initial safety orientation.
The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevntion offers many programs to businesses, homeowners, senior citizens, schools on a wide array of subjects to minimize false alarms and maximize fire safety awareness.
Once smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed they require preventive maintenance, that is cleaning and testing. Did you know that the life expectancy of smoke detectors is 10 years, and carbon monoxide detectors 5years ? also that many of the false alarms in the homes are caused by dust in and around the detector.

We ask residents to maintain their devices in an effort to reduce unnecessary false alarm activations. False alarms tax the fire departments operations, impact on the wear and tear of equipment and most importantly, jeopardize the safety of our dedicated responders
We thank you for visiting our web page and for your continuous support in keeping Toms River Township a safer place in which to live and work. Feel free to call the Bureau any time for assistance.

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