Stillwater Fire District
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Winter Fire Safety Tips
Now that winter weather has descended upon upstate New York we are beginning to see an uptick in structure fires. This is especially disturbing around the holiday season. We donít want anyone to go through the agony of having a fire at any time, especially during the holidays.
Make sure your smoke alarms and CO detectors are operational and that everyone can hear them. When sleeping, close the doors it will slow down the spread of deadly fire related smoke and gases, it can make a huge difference. Know how to escape and never return back inside to retrieve anything. This time of year the main causes of fire include candles, unattended cooking and the careless disposal of ashes removed from the fireplace or fuel burning appliances.
What do I do if I have a fire? First and foremost get all of the residents out of the structure and then call the fire department. Donít waste time and energy trying to extinguish the fire yourself, you are only wasting valuable time, fire grows exponentially in a very short period of time. Once everyone is accounted for flag down the arriving fire department apparatus and let them know everyone is out of the structure and safe. If anyone is injured report that to the first arriving units. When you are waiting for the fire department to arrive it feels like an eternity.
When the fire department arrives they are in charge and take possession of the structure. After the fire department is finished extinguishing the fire they will investigate to determine the cause. You should contact your insurance agent and inform them of the fire, they will obtain reports from the fire department and the investigators. All fires are investigated to determine the cause of the fire itís a legal requirement for the fire chief.
You will likely need to find a temporary place to live, obtain some clothes and other immediate needs. The fire chief can help you contact agencies that will provide temporary assistance. If friends or family are close by most displaced residents will seek temporary shelter there. You will want to contact your insurance agent who will in turn place you in contact with an insurance adjuster. The adjusterís job is to calculate your loss and communicate that to the insurance company. If you had a fire could you enumerate your losses, would you be able to remember everything you had or lost - - probably not, thatís why you should record the contents of your home and save it to a place separate from your home or business. This will be a stressful event, the more prepared you are the less stressful it will be.
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Training -- Wednesday Nights beginning at 6:30 P.M. and Saturdays beginning at 8:00 A.M. with breakfast beginning at 7:30AM
Company Meetings -- 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
Board of Fire Commissioner's Meeting -- 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
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