Public Education and Fire Prevention
One of the most important functions of any Fire Department is to educate the public on the dangers of fire and on fire safety. The Glastonbury Fire Department and the Glastonbury Fire Marshall's Office work together to provide important fire safety information to the public. This Public Education page of our web site aims to do just that. Please check back here often for new information on fire safety and educational items.
2012 Fire Prevention Message
The Fire Prevention message this year is “Have 2 ways out” Get started now make having 2 ways out your #1 Priority. Many people underestimate how fast fire spreads, so they don’t take escape planning seriously. The results can be tragic. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) In 2010, home fires were reported every 85 seconds, killing 2,640 people and injuring 13,350.
The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. It so important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and exit quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That’s why having two ways out should be a key part of your plan.
Create a home fire escape plan with 2 ways out of every room and discuss it with the whole family.
- Draw a floor plan, showing all doors and windows.
- Visit each room and find two ways out, then mark them on your plan.
- Choose a specific outside meeting place a safe distance from the home and mark it on the escape plan.
- Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department. (911)
Practice the plan with everyone in your home twice a year.
- Practice during the day and again at night, when most home fires happen.
- Practice using different ways out.
- Close doors behind you as you leave to help slow the spread of fire.
- Practice getting low and going under smoke where the air is cleaner.
- Have a plan to assist anyone needing help to escape, such as young children, older adults, or people with disabilities.
Take steps to make your home escape ready.
- Install smoke alarms and test them monthly to make sure they’re working properly.
- Check to see that all doors and windows open easily.
- Make sure your house or building number is visible from the street.
When you hear the smoke alarm, get outside and stay outside!
- Leave immediately. Don’t stop to call for help.
- Go straight to your outside meeting place.
- Never go back inside for any reason.
- Once you’re safely outside, call the fire department from a neighbor’s phone or your cell phone.
Glastonbury Fire Department Cautions Residents about Potential Safety Cost of Alternative Heating Equipment
As energy costs reach record highs, many Americans are turning to portable electric space heaters and wood-, pellet- coal or kerosene-burning stoves, and other non-traditional heating sources to defray costs. With the increase in use comes an increase in fire risk. Glastonbury Fire Department encourages residents to use caution when using alternative heating equipment this winter. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. On average, NFPA research show that heating equipment is involved in roughly 70,000 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated loss of more than 600 civilian deaths, almost 1,600 civilian injuries and more than $1 billion in direct property damage. “As a leading cause of home fires, heating safety is a concern for every community every winter. This year, with the projected increase in use of alternative heating equipment, families need to be especially vigilant to use all heating appliances properly,” said Deputy Chief McKinney. Glastonbury Fire Department is encouraging residents using pellet stoves, wood stoves, space heaters or any other home heating equipment this winter to follow this advice:
- Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
- Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
- Have your chimney inspected each year and cleaned if necessary.
- Use a sturdy fireplace screen.
- Wood stoves should bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
- Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a covered metal container outside and away from any structures.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home — when one sounds, they all sound.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
- When using a fuel-burning portable heater, always use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer.
- When refueling, allow the appliance to cool and refuel outside or in a well ventilated area where there are no other heat sources.
- Do not store replenishment fuel inside the home.
- Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.
- Never use an oven to heat your home.
For over 42 years, Glastonbury’s Emergency Management/Civil Preparedness Department has tested and operated the towns Public Alerting System. Presently, there are 4 state-of-the art sirens located at Fire Stations within town. In addition to alerting fire personnel, these systems are capable of sounding warning signals to alert the public of an Emergency. If you are alerted by one of these sirens, tune to Glastonbury’s Emergency Radio System, located at 1570 AM for further instructions. Additionally, the Public Address function can be used to provide audible directions or information. For example, during a prolonged power outage, the Public Address System may be activated to inform you of resources available in town such as food, water, or shelter. The sirens are tested briefly once daily at noon and fully once a month. Glastonbury Emergency Management is responsible to test the notification system the first Saturday of every month at 11 AM.
The ALERT/ATTENTION Signal is a 3-to 5-minute steady blast on sirens. This signal means to turn on your radio or television (see later section on EAS Radios) and stay tuned for news and information. It shall be used:
1. To get public attention in times of emergencies; and
2. To alert all emergency management personnel and volunteers that they may be called to emergency operations/response duty.
The ATTACK WARNING Signal is a 3-to 5-minute wavering sound on the sirens,. This signal shall mean that an actual attack against the country has been detected and that protective actions should be taken immediately. The attack warning signal shall be repeated as often as indicated by the National Warning System or as deemed necessary by the CEO or the Emergency Management Director. The meaning of this signal is that "immediate protective action should be taken" and is appropriate for the initial attack warning and any repeats thereafter.