Posted by admin January - 7 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

More fires happen in the winter months than any other time of the year. During the cold months, we spend more time indoors and use different methods to heat our homes.  It is important to keep fire safety in mind when you are heating your home.

 If you are using a portable heater:

  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Keep anything that can burn such bedding, clothing and curtains at least 3 feet from the heater.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into wall outlets. Never use an extension cord or power strip.
  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

 If you are using a fireplace:

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out and starting a fire.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Before you go to sleep or leave your home put the fire out completely.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid. Store the container outside at least 3 feet from your home.

 If you are using a wood stove:

  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from the stove.
  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
  • Before you go to sleep or leave your home, put the fire out completely.

When heating your home, you need to be aware of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “invisible killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental CO poisoning from generators or fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fire places. Breathing CO at high levels can kill you.

Put CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of increasing CO levels. These alarms should be placed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.

As always, make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test your alarms every month. Have a home fire escape plan and practice your plan at least twice a year. Make sure everyone knows how to escape your home if there is a fire.

For more information on heating fire safety, go to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Source: National Fire Protection Association
Links from the U.S. Fire Administration

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Posted by admin November - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

It is with deepest regrets we announce the passing of Firefighter Robert Fitch.  Robert served as a volunteer firefighter of the East Herkimer Fire Department for 7 years.  At the time of his death, he was our Safety Officer.  Robert also held previous positions in the department; Vice President and Board of Directors.  Robert passed away on November 28, 2017, after responding to a rescue call the night before on November 27, 2017.

Robert was a man who gave freely and generously of his time to those in need.  Robert will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters of the East Herkimer Fire Department and all those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

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Posted by admin January - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The famous East Herkimer Fire Department Annual Winter Chicken BBQ is just around the corner.  It will be held on Sunday, February 26th from 12:30-3:00pm. Tickets are now available for a $11.00 donation.

Please contact your local firefighter for tickets

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Posted by admin December - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Santa stopped by the East Herkimer Fire Department on December 18, 2016 before heading back to the North Pole.

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Posted by admin December - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
 A dry & neglected tree can be dangerous! Be sure to water daily.
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