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The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Reminds Simsbury Residents: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives! 

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. 

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

"In a fire, seconds count," "Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out."

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

·         Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. 

·         Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do. 

·         Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. 

·         Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly. 

·         Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it. 

The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company is using Fire Prevention Week to promote "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!" 

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Simsbury, please contact the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company at 860-658-1971. To learn more about smoke alarms and "Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives", visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org.

The 2014 Annual Pump Testing of all Apparatus Fire Pumps began this week.  

These photos show Engine 7 at the Weatogue Training Facility.



Welcome Back!

Summer vacation time is over and everyone is back to their daily routines.  Back to school, back to work, back to soccer or football, back to the gym, back to the daily bike ride or jog.  With this time of year we must remind ourselves of the increased chance of accidents and tragedies with the hustle and bustle of our fall activities.

We remind our firefighters constantly to be aware of school bus traffic on the road and that when a school bus is displaying its red flashing lights EVERYONE MUST STOP… that INCLUDES FIRE TRUCKS and all other emergency vehicles. 

Along with school bus safety we must be on constant watch for increased pedestrian traffic of all ages especially at crosswalks and intersections.  Be extra careful where you are permitted to make a right turn on red as there have been numerous close calls with pedestrians who are attempting to cross at a cross walk while a driver is making a right turn on red.

While on the subject of school and learning…. This is also a good time to review your home safety plans and the importance of getting out of the house in the event of fire, having a pre-arranged meeting spot and to call 911 for help. Grabbing a Cell Phone or Portable phone on the way out is a good idea so you can get out quickly and still call 911.  This lesson is especially important if you have older school age children who may be home alone for a period of time after school.  Make sure they know what to do to keep everyone safe from harm.   Remember that 911 is for EMERGENCY calls for help not for routine information.

Please enjoy with safety in mind the wonderful season that we are heading into with the numerous outdoor events and activities that makes this time of year very special but also full of distractions and opportunities for accidents.

Stay Safe,

Jim Baldis

Chief , Simsbury Fire Department

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Chief James Baldis promoted Lt. Todd Kelley to Captain and Firefighters Steve Hess and Jeff Holmes to Lieutenant earlier this month.



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