Posted by admin April - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Personal responsibility

  • Create an emergency bag of personal items that you will need if you are asked to leave your home.
  • Leave your home when asked to do so.
  • Make and frequently practice a family evacuation plan that includes meeting locations, a communication plan and pet accommodations.
  • Clean your roof, gutters and deck of dead leaves and pine needles often.
  • Use building and yard materials that won’t burn easily.
  • Keep an area up to 200 feet around your home lean, clean and green.

Community preparedness

  • Follow evacuation instructions from your local emergency officials.
  • Practice two ways out of your neighborhood; you will be more prepared if roads are blocked.
  • Hold community meetings and work with neighbors to prepare the neighborhood for wildfires.
  • Make sure driveways and house numbers are clearly marked and can be seen from the road.
  • Meet with your local fire department. Find out how department personnel can help you prepare for wildfires.

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Source: U.S. Fire (USFA)

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Posted by admin April - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

On Friday April 29, 2016, the East Herkimer Fire Department responded to a large brush fire on Steuben Hill at 2 a.m.

Photo: WKTV




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Posted by admin March - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Reminder to all Town of Herkimer residents that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has banned all burning of brush and similar materials from March 16 – May 14. Permits for burning will not be issued during this period for the Town of Herkimer. Anyone that plans on burning brush within the NYS DEC guidelines after May 14 must apply for a permit at the Town of Herkimer Offices located at 114 N. Prospect Street, Herkimer. A Town of Herkimer Fire Warden will visit the proposed burn location and review it for safety prior to the issuance of a permit.

Thank you for preventing unnecessary fire department responses this spring!


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Posted by admin February - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.

Know the symptoms of CO poisoning.  Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:

Shortness of breath

High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:

Mental confusion
Loss of muscular coordination
Loss of consciousness
Ultimately death

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Posted by admin January - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

From 2010-2012, an average of 45,200 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an annual average of approximately 155 deaths, 625 injuries and $351 million in property loss.
Heating was the second leading cause of home fires following cooking.
Home heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This four-hour period accounted for 30 percent of all home heating fires.
Home heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point during the summer months from June to August.
Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners, accounted for 84 percent of home heating fires.
Twenty-nine percent of the non-confined home heating fires occurred because the heat source was too close to things that can burn.

Watch this short video to learn how you can prevent portable heater fires in your home this winter.

Source: U.S. Fire Administration

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