I think I will enjoy this nice weather and hope it continues. As I write this article, the temperature outside is in the 50’s; not bad for late January but I can assure you that old man winter is not finished yet, so be cautious.
We are all so hopeful and concerned for the Duke Family and pray Danielle stays strong and continues to be the warrior she is. It is hard on our Fire Family when one or more of our members are going through rough times but we stay together and work these things out, so please keep them in your prayers.
I would like to speak to everyone about how things are up at FDBD these days. Of course we are all excited about the arrival of our new truck that is being built and it should be in service very soon. I’m not sure if you knew this, but old Truck #210 was over 25 years old and served our cities well. New Truck # 210 has all the new tools and equipment which makes it a lot safer and better for our communities.
I want to mention safety tools which can help keep you and your families safe. I know you hear me speak of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms often, but there are a couple other tools you need to consider as well. Portable Fire extinguishers can save lives and property while putting out small fires or at least containing them until the fire department arrives. These extinguishers are not designed to fight large or spreading fires. They are very useful for fighting small fires, like waste cans etc., but only if the fire is caught in its early stages.
Most hardware stores sell home fire extinguishers, and Fireman Joe recommends the A-B-C dry chemical extinguisher which is good on most small fires. They are usually one to five pounds, but only contain a small amount of chemical. Even if you have one, never let this stop you from calling the Fire Department, as we are always ready to respond if only to check it out and be sure the fire does not spread.
Another useful tool is the home sprinkler system. If you are building a new home I strongly suggest you consider this addition to your building plans. A statistic I just read says, "If your home is equipped with smoke alarms and automatic fire sprinklers, your risk of dying in a fire is cut by 82%." Sprinklers for years have proved so effective in public buildings that we encourage them in homes.
If you would like more information on home sprinkler systems, stop by the firehouse and we have some neat suggestions on home sprinkler systems. Now if we can just get through February, March will be sure to show signs of spring, so stay positive, stay safe and continue to look after one another.
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