- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire company to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building
On November 10, 2016 Kiddee issued a recall notice for NightHawk combination smoke-carbonmonoxide alarms. The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven year end of life if the batteries are replaced, leading consumers to believe it is still working. This poses a risk to consumers being alerted to a fire or CO incident in their home.
It is recommended that the units be replaced. Kidde can be contated at 855.239.0490 for additional information.
On Thursday, October 8, 2016, members of the Oldwick Fire Company and Pottersville Fire Company conduct fire awareness at the Tewksbury Elementary School as part of fire education week activities. Members Tyler Priece and Matt Conner don turn out gear including SCBA so students can become familiar with the gear. Former chief Jeff Hayes staffs the pumpkin station.
High snow accumulation and drifting was found to block furnace vents on Farley Road. On January 24, 2016, the Oldwick Fire Company responded to a high Carbon Monoxide alarm. Elevated levels were found within the home.
The cause was found to be blockage of the home high efficiency furnace. The vent exited the home on the exterior side wall rather than historically through a roof chimney. As a general rule, these vents should be cleared of snow within a three foot radius.
Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.
Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
- Test your smoke alarms every month.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
Mailboxes are taken for granted by many and are used primarily to receive mail from post office personnel. However, mailboxes are a key indicator to emergency response personnel within Tewksbury Township and within Hunterdon County.
The Hunterdon County 911 system will alert emergency response personnel, rescue and fire companies and note the location with the street address. A mailbox without a house number on it can cause valuable time to be lost during a response. Many mailboxes have numbers on one side and other properties have the number decoratively located on signs, rocks and fences, all of which can be overlooked especially in the dark.