Fire Stations Open their Doors This Weekend

Fire Prevention Week continues this weekend…

Tupper Lake’s Fire Chief Mark Picerno says to come look for the new Ladder Tower Truck 164 on display at the Fire Department’s Open House in Tupper Lake from 10 until 2pm…  Sparky the fire dog will be there with gifts for the kids, equipment and apparatus on display and free hot dogs and hamburgers..

Paul Smiths Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department is holding an open house Tomorrow from  10am until 4pm at the fire station with a Live Fire Matics Demonstration at noon, the Franklin County Emergency Services Fire Prevention Trailer education for the kids and all of the trucks on display..

Fire Chief Brendan Keough says Saranac Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department Open House  will show off the new Ladder Tower Truck number 144 out in front of the firehouse in Saranac Lake from 10 until 2pm and they plan to have the ATVs and Rescue Boggins on display along with the new underwater camera, utility Vehicles, Ice Rescue Suits, and Specialty Equipment plus the Rescue 147 Heavy Rescue Truck open for inspection..

All of the firehouses will have fire prevention literature and fire safety tips for kids..

Last year, the Red Cross responded to about 63,000 home fires across the country by providing comfort and basic necessities to more than 82,000 families.   “We respond to about one home fire every nine minutes across the country. The best thing you can do to protect your loved ones is to install a smoke alarm and develop and practice a fire escape plan,” said Lynn Gilbert, Executive Director for the American Red Cross North Country Chapter. “Fires can spread very quickly, so everyone at home, school and work should know what to do when they hear the sound of a smoke alarm.”

Additional recommendations include:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Ensure that household members know two ways to escape from every room and designate a place to meet outside of your house in case of a fire. Practice your plan at least twice a year.
  • Follow your escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Download the American Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.

Business, too, should be prepared. Fire is the most common of all business disasters. According to the United State Fire Association, non-residential building fires resulted in $2.4 billion in losses in 2010. Companies, schools and other organizations can learn how to prepare for fires and other emergencies by becoming a member of the Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program at Complete a free, online assessment of your current readiness level and receive customized feedback with tips to improve preparedness.

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