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It’s time for outdoor activities and a reminder to stay safe!
With the weather finally allowing for traditional outdoor spring activities it’s important to always keep safety on mind.
While yard cleanup is rewarding it’s important that everyone know and practice safe and proper disposal of the yard waste you gather. Open burning of yard debris is not permitted in town. Yard debris needs to be disposed of properly and legally. Also prohibited is the burning of lumber or construction debris. Simsbury does allow campfires provided that they are of proper size and burn only proper material.
Camp fires must be fireplace size logs of three inches in diameter or larger. There shall be NO burning of brush or leaves.
We ask that those wishing to have a campfire (even at your home) obtain a burn permit from the Fire Marshall’s Office. Here is a link to allow you to download the permit: http://simsburyfire.org/files/OpenBurnApp.pdf
In addition to yard clean-up it is Barbeque time!
Before you fire up that grill for your tasty delights take the time to check over your equipment from winter storage to ensure it’s safe and reliable. If you have a gas grill, check the burners, connections, and hoses to be sure it’s not deteriorated which could cause a leak. Inspect your cooking unit for rust and holes that may make the unit unsafe for use. When using your cooking appliance remember to never leave it unattended especially with children in the area as the surfaces will get dangerously hot and unsuspecting hands can be quickly burned if touched. When you are finished cooking, be sure to turn off your burner valves and your gas tank.
Finally, if you use candles or torches to keep away mosquitoes during your outdoor events be sure they are kept away from items that could catch fire and from children who are often attracted to the dancing flames.
Enjoy your outdoor activities and we hope to see you at the Memorial Day Parades in Tariffville and Simsbury.
Chief , Simsbury Fire Department
Please read this reprint from the Connnecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection about Forest Fires and Open Burning.
The DEEP's Forest Fire Control Office urges all who enjoy the use of Connecticut's parks, forests and open spaces, to use fires with caution and practice forest fire prevention tips especially during forest fire season. People need to obey local laws regarding open fires, carefully dispose of hot charcoal, and completely extinguish smoking materials.
|As Smokey Bear says "Only you can prevent wildfires!"|
Connecticut traditionally experiences high forest fire danger in the Spring from mid-March through May. DEEP's Division of Forestry constantly monitors the danger of forest fire to help protect Connecticut's 1.8 million acres of forested land. Throughout the Spring forest fire season, DEEP sends daily advisories on forest fire danger levels to DEEP's state park forest field staff, municipalities, fire departments and the media. Forest fire danger levels are classified at low, moderate, high, very high or extreme. In an average year approximately 500 acres of Connecticut woodland are burned by forest fires.
If you have received a permit from your local Open Burning Official to burn brush on your property, the permit is not valid if the Forest Fire Danger is rated high, very high or extreme and you are burning within 100 feet of a grassland or woodland.
If you spot a forest fire, remain calm, go to the nearest telephone and dial 911 to report the fire as quickly as possible to your local fire department. Calmly tell the emergency dispatcher when you saw it and where you saw it. Stay on the telephone until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.
With recent heavy rains and flood warnings posted for the Connecticut River we are reposting a portion of Chief Baldis' April message that speaks to flooding.
"Advance preparation is the key to minimizing the impact of water damage from spring or seasonal flooding. Keep your sump pump in service, keep debris off the floor so it won’t flow into the sump pump preventing proper water discharge, install water alarms to provide early alerting of water entering the basement if you have known entry points. These actions can help prevent or manage water infiltration and limit the impact and damage.
Major flooding requires extreme caution. Water that has reached the level of electrical items may create a potential danger of electrocution. Do not enter a wet area if you are unsure of the safety in doing so. Call 911 for assistance. Outdoor flooding of streets and walkways also need to be treated with extreme caution. Do not walk or drive through a flooded area as there is no way to know that the ground beneath you is stable enough to cross safely. We have areas in town that are prone to flooding and road closure such as Rte 315, Terry’s Plain Rd, Riverside Rd and Nod Rd. Plan in advance for alternate routes and if a road is designated closed DO NOT attempt to drive through the water. The road is closed for you protection."
The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is now accepting applications for the Bowman-Kerr Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship. This scholarship is commemorative of two women who have given back to the community of Simsbury with a total of over 300 years combined volunteer work. Click here to read more about these two amazing women.