Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
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Our recently installed Haas Safety device sending out info and uploading to the Waze app. Keeping our members as safe as we can is our top priority
Wednesday, June 8th, 2022
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Tunkhannock Township Volunteer Fire Department is proud to announce that we equipped our rescue truck with HAAS Alert’s Safety Cloud® - a collision prevention service that alerts other drive...
Thursday, April 7th, 2022
April 23, 2022 1600-1800hrs we we be hosting our annual pork and sauerkraut dinner. DINE IN OR TAKE OUT AVAILABE !!!!
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022
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Tunkhannock TownshipVolunteer Fire Company Presents Irish Soda BreadSALE$5 /loafMust Preorder by 3/11/2022Pickup will be 3/15/2020 6-9pmat the firehouse1539 Long Pond RoadLong Pond, PA 18334Email: ...
Fire Safety

 

 

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Remeber to check your smoke detectors regularly, and to replace the batteries when you change your clocks.

 

                WINTER FIRE SAFETY

WOOD STOVES AND FIREPLACES

  • Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly. Woodstoves should have adequate clearance (36") from combustible surfaces, and proper floor support and protection.
  • Woodstoves should be of good quality, solid construction and design, and should be UL listed.
  • Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.
  • Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to prevent embers or sparks from from going out, unwanted material from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants. If you have small children, make sure your screen cannot be tipped over too easily.
  • The stove should be burned hot twice a day for 15-30 minutes to reduce the amount of creosote buildup.
  • Don't use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire. Only a small amount of paper, if any, should be used for kindling.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
  • Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel. A spark from the fireplace could easily ignite these materials.
  • Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out. NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic smoke and carbon monoxide into the house.
  • If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package. NEVER break a synthetic log apart to quicken the fire or use more than one log at a time. They often burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide.
  • NEVER toss garbage or wrapping paper into your fire.

 

Furnace Heating

It's important that you have your furnace inspected to ensure that it is in good working condition.

  • Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition.
  • Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists. Do not attempt repairs yourself unless you are qualified.
  • Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe insulation or clearance may be required.
  • Check the flue pipe and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. Are they well-supported, free of holes, and cracks? Soot along or around seams may be an indicator of a leak.
  • Is the chimney solid, with cracks or loose bricks? All unused flue openings should be sealed with solid masonry.
  • Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system.

Kerosene Heaters

Be sure your heater is in good working condition. Inspect exhaust parts for carbon buildup. Be sure the heater has an emergency shut off in case the heater is tipped over. 
Never use fuel burning appliances without proper room venting. Burning fuel (coal or kerosene or propane, for example) can produce deadly fumes. 
Use ONLY the fuel recommended by the heater manufacturer. NEVER introduce a fuel into a unit not designed for that type of fuel. 
Keep kerosene, or other flammable liquids stored in approved metal containers, in well-ventilated storage areas, outside of the house. 
NEVER fill the heater while it is operating or hot. When refueling an oil or kerosene unit, avoid overfilling. DO NOT use cold fuel for it may expand in the tank as it warms up.

  • Refueling should be done outside of the home (or outdoors).
  • Keep young children away from space heaters - especially when they are wearing night gowns or other loose clothing that can be easily ignited.
  • When using a fuel-burning appliance in the bedroom, be sure there is proper ventilation to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide.

Other Safety Tips

  • Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.
  • Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device. Not only is it a safety hazard, it can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.
  • If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit. Only use extension cords which have the necessary rating to carry the amp load. Tip: Choose an extension cord the same size or larger than the appliance electrical cord.
  • Avoid using electrical space heaters in bathrooms, or other areas where they may come in contact with water.
  • Frozen water pipes? Never try to thaw them with a blow torch or other open flame, (otherwise the pipe could conduct the heat and ignite the wall structure inside the wall space). Use hot water or a UL labeled device such as a hand held dryer for thawing.
  • If windows are used as emergency exits in your home, practice using them in the event fire should strike. Be sure that all the windows open easily. Home escape ladders are recommended.

  Make sure to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home

  Be sure to keep you driveway clear of snow, debris and low hanging limbs so if there is an emergency we can get to your house

  Always make sure that your house number is clearly visible from the roadway  

 

 

 


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