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Front Page : Welcome
on 2014/12/11 10:20:00 (1777 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

On behalf of the Joint Board of Fire Commissioners, the staff at the Fire Prevention Bureau, the men and women of the Toms River Fire Service, we wish all a safe and happy holiday season.

on 2014/12/8 11:50:00 (643 reads)

Fire departments in Toms River as well as Ocean County see all too often the devestation caused by fire.
The loss of human life and personal property are always at stake during this devestation.

One of the major issues confronting our first responders on a nation wide basis is the practice of HOARDING.

HOARDING INVOLVES THE ACQUISTION AND FAILURE TO DISCARD LARGE QUANITIES OF POSSESSIONS WHICH CULMINATES IN THE INTEFERENCE WITH DAILY LIVING ACTIVITIES.[/b]Hoarding poses a fire hazard in many ways. Example: Accumulation of these possessions can greatly increase fuel load to the fire, thereby turning a fire quickly into an Infeno.

The choice is clear;we must purge our homes of unwanted and unused items to reduce the risk of a deadly potential threat.

With Spring just around the corner, let's perform a risk assessment of our homes, and remove items we no longer need.

Help us help you by keeping everyone safe


on 2014/11/17 12:00:00 (434 reads)

As we approach winter and the nights are getting cooler, many of us will begin utilizing our fireplaces and wood burning stoves.
As such we must recognize safety concerns during use.
Recently, the Toms River Fire Companies responded to fires related to improper disposal of hot ashes caused by residents thinking the ashes were safe for disposal.
Ashes should be placed in an approved metal container, soaked with water, and sealed with a tight lid away from the home prior to disposal.
Additionally, fires occur due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes.
Therefore, the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention offers the following tips on heating safety.

Have your chimney or woodstove inspected annually by a chimney specialist

Keep the area around the hearth clear of combustible materials

Never use flammable liquids to start a fire

Use only seasonedwood, soft moist wood increases creosote buildup

Never leave a fire place unattended

Stack fire wood away from your home 30-40 ft

Keep roof and gutters clear of leaves and debris

Fire places emit carbon monoxide as well as smoke, ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operable

Front Page : Change your clocks, change your batteries
  on 2014/10/28 8:10:00 (1475 reads)

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The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention reminds residents of the importance of changing their smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries when changing their clocks [BACK on NOVEMBER 2, 2014 [ This precaution along with monthly testing of these life saving devices cuts the risk of perishing in a fire. Also, Fall is an excellent time to purge homes of items we are no longer using

Front Page : Back to School
  on 2014/9/3 11:20:00 (791 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

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