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Thanksgiving is worst day of year for home fires

Thanksgiving is the traditional day to count your blessings, but for some it is also the day to set the house on fire.

There are more home fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year, with fire departments responding to triple the normal number of incidents, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Not surprisingly, most of these fires originate in the kitchen from clumsy or inattentive cooks.

“The reality is the doorbell rings and your friends and relatives are at the door and you want to greet them and chat, and you just don’t think to go back to the kitchen,” said John Drengenberg, consumer safety director for Underwriters Laboratories, which rates the safety of products such as appliances.

You can read the full story on Reuters.com.

Holiday Fire Safety

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires resulted in 21 deaths and 43 injuries.

Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season.

2007 Fire Prevention Week Open House Big Success

Under sunny skies and unusually warm weather, the 2007 Annual Station 55 Open House held on Saturday October 6 was a big success with the largest public attendance in some time — over 75 people. Many families toured the apparatus and equipment displays that included all of Station 55’s apparatus (except 5505 that is out of service for repairs) as well as information and a brush truck from the NJ State Forest Fire Service.

The Fire District 3 Fire Safety House was a popular attraction with members providing training and instruction to many attendees on the principles of home safety. Approximately 15 volunteer members of the Jackson Vol. Fire Co. No.1 as well as District 3 career firefighter Pat Hilger offered tours to all participants all during the four-hour event.

“We were very pleased by the big turnout by residents of Jackson and nearby areas. We’re proud of the fire department and the community we live in — so it’s a good day when we can educate, train and inform residents to be safer in their homes and workplace” stated Volunteer Captain Tim Carson of Station 55. “One family from Vancouver Canada that was visiting relatives in Jackson even stopped by to help their nephews be better informed about fire prevention” added Carson.

Participants in the open house also had the opportunity to witness a demonstration vehicle extrication by a Station 55 crew that removed two doors and the roof of a four-dour sedan in a simulated accident rescue event. Also, later in the day, a small simulated range-top fire was shown by Station 55 members featuring the recommended use of a dry chemical extinguisher to control such fires.

Three door prize drawings for home fire safety products were held through the generous donations made by Target, Lowe’s, and Sears Hardware. Refreshments were also made possible through a donation made by Shop Rite of Jackson.

Annual Fire Prevention Open House

Fear not: Firefighters are there to help
Staff Writer

JACKSON — Children watched from a distance as members of Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company Number One tore into an unsuspecting sports car.

The extrication demonstration was part of an open house yesterday to teach children about what firemen do.

A group of four dismantled the car with an ax, sawing or breaking the glass in a fenced-in yard littered with car parts from previous drills. A three-floor wooden fort, used for rescue drills, served as the backdrop.

The door made heavy popping noises as it was mangled with a hydraulic spreader. Another man handed them hooks and electric saws.

They found the fiberglass body did not give easily, and had to change tools. The roof was eventually cut from the rest of the car and bent back.

It was the kind of thing Colin Nagy, 5, of Jackson wants to do when he grows up.

“I want to be a fireman and a policeman and a race car driver,” he said, keeping his options open.

This display of destruction was totally cool to his 10-year-old brother T.J., watching from behind the fence. He had just run through all the six trucks spread through the parking lot of the station.

Frank and Breanna Durkas took the same tour of the trucks, lingering particularly long at the bell in the front of one truck. But the trailer, in which a house is re-created for edu-cational purposes, also held a lasting impression.

“You have to call 911 when there’s an emergency,” said Frank, 5. “Like when there’s a fire or something like that.”

This is the reaction the fire company was hoping for.

“This is what we have to focus on — education,” Lt. Tim Carson said.

If a child is stuck in a car, and the firefighters have to use these same machines to get him or her out, the child will remember seeing the “cool” demonstration, and might not be so frightened, Carson said.

Similarly, the kids coming out and interacting with the firefighters will let them know these adults are ones they can trust, Carson said, especially in a house fire.

“You’re in a situation where you’re scared enough,” Carson said. “Then you see one of us coming down the hallway with a mask on our face. The breathing apparatus sounds like Darth Vader.”

Children are found hiding in bathtubs, under beds and toy chests, he said. The goal of meeting kids at an open house is to show them that if firemen are coming, they don’t need to be afraid.

Chris Lundy: (732) 557-5748
Published on October 10, 2005, in the Ocean County Observer