Posted by admin November - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

For each year from 2011 to 2013, an estimated 2,100 residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day and caused an estimated 10 deaths, 50 injuries and $28 million in property loss.  Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires.

• Ranges accounted for the largest share (58%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
• Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
• Two-thirds (67 percent) of home cooking fires start when food or cooking materials catch on fire.
• More than half (55 percent) of home cooking fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves.

Here is the perfect recipe for Fire-Safe Cooking:
• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking – frying, broiling or boiling –  at high temperatures.
• Make your cooking area safe. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Turn pot handles toward the back so they can’t be bumped.
• Watch what you’re cooking. Use a timer when roasting a turkey or baking.
• Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
• Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. If you see smoke or the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off.
• Prevent burns. Wear short sleeves when you cook, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot cookware. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking – frying, broiling or boiling –  at high temperatures

Turkey Fryer Safety:
• Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
• An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
• Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
• Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
• The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
Watch this short video to see why using a turkey fryer can be dangerous.

Source:  U.S. Fire Administration
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Posted by admin November - 15 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual Halloween Party on October 31, 2015 at the station. Firefighters and Ladies Auxiliary members provided cider, doughnuts, popcorn and treats after a night of Trick or Treats. Hay rides around the community were also offered free of charge.

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Posted by admin October - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Our latest data shows that there are 10,300 fires during the there-day period around Halloween. These fires cause about 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss.  Let’s help our communities be safer during Halloween by sharing a few fire safety tips with residents:

• Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations.
• If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.
• Give your children flashlights or glow sticks so they can see where they are walking.
• Keep decorations away from candles, light bulbs or heaters.
• Consider using flameless candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lantern.
• Keep exits clear of decorations.

For more information about Halloween fires and fire safety, check out the U.S. Fire Administration’s website.

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Posted by admin October - 17 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

On October 13, 2015 the East Herkimer Fire Department held its Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony.  From all members of the Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary we thank State Senator James Seward, Assemblyman Marc Butler, Herkimer County Clerk Sylvia Rowan, Herkimer Town Supervisor Dominic Frank and members of our community for coming out to share our dedication service!

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Posted by admin December - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

•One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
•Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
•A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.
•More than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
•December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11 percent of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4 percent the rest of the year.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

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Watch this short video to learn how you can prevent fires in your home this holiday season.

Watch what happens when fire touches a dry tree & a well-watered tree

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