December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. More than half of these fires (56%) occur when something that can catch on fire (such as Christmas decorations) is too close to the candle.Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.Fore more information, click on the graphic to the right to view a large image and also visit the United States Fire Administration website at http://www.usfa.fema.gov.
On Sunday November 17th, ten individuals from the Western Berks Fire Department participated in an Advanced Volvo NVT Extrication class that was taught by On Scene Training Associates and sponsored by Reading Fire Equipment.The class took place at the Eastern Berks Fire Department Station 2 in Bally and also at Nester's Auto Salvage. The class was designed to give personnel "hands-on" practice in extrication of today's new advanced Volvo vehicles and to observe the new safety features Volvo is using in their vehicles. During the course, a first hand experience was obtained of how new vehicle technologies are putting traditional rescue tools to the test.All of the vehicles were 2013 Volvos that were donated to On Scene Associates by Volvo, as they were damaged in Hurricane Sandy and could not be sold. The department would like to thank On Scene Training Associates, Volvo, and Reading Fire Equipment for making this opportunity possible.
With the arrival of colder weather, before using your fireplace this year, please be sure to have it checked and cleaned by a trained service provider. While using your fire place, if you experience loud "train like" noises popping or cracking noises from the flue, or see fire or debris coming out the top of the chimney, you may have a chimney fire. Call 9-1-1 immediately and evacuate immediately.If you do have a chimney fire, make sure an authorized chimney cleaning contractor checks and cleans the chimney before using it again.For more information on the proper maintenance and use of fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys, visit the Chimney Safety Institute's website at http://www.csia.org.
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