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What Is A Rip Current?

 Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that are prevalent along the East, Gulf, and West coasts of the U.S., as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes.

Moving at speeds of up to eight feet per second, rip currents can move faster than an Olympic swimmer.


Panicked swimmers often try to counter a rip current by swimming straight back to shore—putting themselves at risk of drowning because of fatigue.


Lifeguards rescue tens of thousands of people from rip currents in the U.S. every year, but it is estimated that 100 people are killed by rip currents annually. If caught in a rip current, don't fight it! Swim parallel to the shore and swim back to land at an angle.


While the terms are ofter confused, rip currents are different than rip tides. A rip tide is a specific type of current associated with the swift movement of tidal water through inlets and the mouths of estuaries, embayments, and harbors.


Click the link to watch an informative video on how to spot a rip current, as well as what to do if you get caught in one!


   


 

Dangers of Leaving Children/Pets Unattended In Vehicles

Monday, May 25, 2015  Nationwide since 1998 to the present, 720 deaths to children were as a result of parents/caregivers leaving them unattended in automobiles.  Eighty-seven percent were three years of age or younger.  That’s an average of one child dying every 8.2 days.  Nationwide during 2012, 10 children ranging from the ages of 4 months to 5 years old lost their lives due to hyperthermia in temperatures ranging from 83 to 105 degree temperatures.  In 2014 there have been at least fifteen deaths of children unattended in vehicles; seven which has been confirmed as heatstroke and eight which, based upon the known circumstances, are most likely heatstroke

As outside temperatures rise, the dangers for children being seriously injured or even dying from being left alone inside a hot car also rise.  That’s why the Monmouth Beach Fire Company is joining with other, state and local highway safety, law enforcement, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke in young children.

“More than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused by a child accidentally being left in the car, and more that 30 percent are from a child getting into a hot car on their own,”  

 In an effort to prevent these needless tragedies, we want to urge all parents and caregivers to do three things:
        
 

  • NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended;
  • Make it a habit to look in the backseat EVERY time you exit the car;
  • ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach.  And, if you ever see a child left alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 right away.
  • According to NHTSA, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for children 14 and under. In fact, one child dies from heatstroke nearly every 8 days from being left in a hot vehicle.

    Warning signs of heatstroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely.  If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, cool the child rapidly (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose)Call 911 immediately.

    Children’s body temperatures can rise up to five times faster than that of an adult, and heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees.  On an 80 degree day, a car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.  With windows cracked, vehicle temperatures can reach 125 degrees in minutes.  Cracking a window has little to no effect on slowing rising temperatures in vehicles.

     

         



     

    National Arson Awareness Week May 3-9, 2015

    Thursday, May 7, 2015   USFA Announces the 2015 Arson Awareness Week Partners and Theme

    Emmitsburg, MD – The United States Fire Administration (USFA) is pleased to partner with the State Farm Arson Dog Program, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, International Association of Arson Investigators; National Association of State Fire Marshals; National Volunteer Fire Council; National Fire Protection Association; Coalition Against Insurance Fraud and the Insurance Committee for Arson Control to announce the theme for the 2015 Arson Awareness Week: Accelerant Detection Canines — Sniffing Out Arson.


    USFA and its partners will use the week of May 3rd through May 9th to focus on the value and contributions accelerant detection canines make to fire departments, law enforcement agencies and their communities.


    The canines assist in closing arson cases and act as a deterrent resulting in a reduction of the arson problem.  The canines can cover an entire fire scene in 30 minutes which could take an investigator an entire day.  An accelerant detection canine locates more accurate evidence samples reducing the amount of costly analysis by the laboratory. Therefore, the dog saves the department and community both time and money.


    “Arson is a heinous crime and especially difficult to prosecute,” said Deputy United States Fire Administrator Glenn A. Gaines. “We owe it to our investigators and to the public to help them with the most effective tools available to battle this dangerous and costly crime.”


    There were about 17,400 intentionally set fires in homes each year during 2010-2012. These fires caused 275 deaths, 800 injuries and $513 million in property damage and loss. During this same time frame, there were 9,000 intentionally set fires in commercial buildings. These fires resulted in $282 million in property damage and loss. This information was provided to U.S. fire departments and reported by the U.S. Fire Administration.


    For more information regarding the 2015 Arson Awareness Week, go to www.usfa.fema.gov/aaw.


    For more information regarding Accelerant detection Canines, go to 
    www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/canine/


       


     

    FLOOD AWARENESS SAFETY WEEK: MARCH 16-22

     What Is Turn Around Don't Drown® (TADD) Flooding Ahead?

    Turn Around Don't Drown®TADD is a NOAA National Weather Service campaign to warn people of the hazards of walking or driving a vehicle through flood waters.



    Why is Turn Around Don't Drown® So Important?


    • Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard.
    • The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
    • The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters
    • .Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.


    What Can I Do to Avoid Getting Caught is This Situation?


    Most flood-related deaths and injuries could be avoided if people who come upon areas covered with water followed this simple advice: Turn Around Don't Drown®. 


    The reason that so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs. 


    If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited. 


    Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown®


    Follow these safety rules:


  • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown®
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown®
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.


         

    TURN AROUND DON"T DROWN

    TURN AROUND DON"T DROWN



     

    Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

    Recommended Amount of Sleep

    Recommended Amount of Sleep

     Daylight Saving Time is fast approaching, which means we will be losing an hour of sleep as we set clocks forward when you go to sleep on Saturday night, March 7, 2015. Losing even one hour of sleep can affect a person’s internal clock and consequently impact their ability to safely drive. In an effort to reduce the number of fatigue-related collisions, the Monmouth Beach Fire Company is joining with the National Sleep Foundation in observing National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2015.

    Fatigued drivers can be just as dangerous as an alcohol- or drug-impaired driver on our roadways. A lack of sleep will decrease a driver’s awareness, slow reaction time, and impair judgment. All of these behaviors can result in serious or even deadly consequences for the driver, their passengers or others on the roadway.


    So, how much sleep do you get? Check the chart and see if you measure up to the recommended amounts....


       


     

    How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing and What To Do If They Freeze

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015  Most people are aware that when water freezes, it expands. That’s why your forgotten can of soda in the freezer exploded. When water freezes in a pipe, it will expand in the same way.

    If it expands enough, it will burst, water will escape, and serious damage may occur. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water in a day. But this is one disaster you can prevent by taking a few simple precautions.

    Both plastic and copper pipes are susceptible to freezing. Pipes freeze for a combination of three reasons: a quick drop in temperatures, poor insulation and a thermostat that is set too low.


    Water pipes in warmer climates may be more vulnerable to winter cold spells, since the pipes are more likely to be located in unprotected areas outside of the building insulation. Homeowners can be proactive by determining whether they have any plumbing items that need protection, and then ensuring that they provide that protection.

    Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold outside air to flow across the pipes.

    Research at the University of Illinois has shown that wind chill, the same cooling effect of air and wind that causes the human body to lose heat, can play a major role in accelerating ice blockage, and thus, bursting water pipes.

    When is it cold enough for pipes to freeze?

    Homeowners should be alert to the danger of freezing pipes. Any time temperatures dip to 32 degrees, pipes may freeze, especially when wind chill is a factor.

    Tips to avoid frozen pipes

    • Know where the water cut-off valve is located in your home. Make sure that every responsible person in the home is aware of its location.
    • Remove, drain and carefully store hoses used outdoors.
    • Keep garage doors shut if any water lines are located inside.
    • Seal all openings where cold air can get at unprotected water pipes. As stated above, it’s especially important to keep cold wind away from pipes.
    • Pipes in attics and crawl spaces should be protected with insulation or heat. Pipe insulation is available in fiberglass or foam sleeves. Remember, the more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
    • During freezing weather, leave cabinet doors open under kitchen or bathroom sinks (especially if they are located against an outside wall) to allow warmer room air to circulate around pipes. You can also place a small lamp with an incandescent bulb near the pipes. Be sure to remove anything flammable from the area to prevent fires.
    • Let faucets drip slowly to keep water flowing through pipes that are vulnerable to freezing. If the dripping stops, it may mean that ice is blocking the pipe. Keep the faucet open to assist in pressure relief.
    • Heating cables and tapes are effective for freeze protection. Follow manufacturer’s directions closely when using these products.
    • Exterior pipes and hose bibbs (outdoor faucets) should be drained or enclosed in 2-inch insulation sleeves.
    • When weather is very cold, keep thermostats at the same temperature day and night. Lowered temperatures at night may contribute to colder attic temperatures and thus, more vulnerable pipes.

    What to do if your pipes freeze

    If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, the water in your pipes is probably frozen. You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Make sure the faucet is open, and never stand in water while operating an electric appliance. Do not use a blowtorch or any open flame to thaw a pipe, to prevent fires.

    If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve in the house. Leave the water faucets turned on. Again, make sure your family members know where the water shut-off valve is and how to operate it. 

       


     

    2 Alarm Fire Rips Through Victorian Home in the Boro

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:49 am Early this morning, just before 1:00 am, the MBFC and Sea Bright Fire Rescue were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 13 River Ave in Monmouth Beach. First arriving crews found heavy fire through the roof of a 3 story wood frame single family, with reports of entrapment on the 3rd floor.First arriving crews along with Monmouth Beach PD, effected a search and an eventual rescue of a resident on the third floor.

    A second alarm was struck by Monmouth Beach Chief, Ed Marsh, bringing in mutual aid & cover assignments from the City of Long Branch's  Uniformed Fire Division & Volunteers, Neptune Fire, Little Silver, Oceanport, West Long Branch, Deal & Asbury Park FD's. Fire crews worked fervently to contain the fire but were eventually ordered to evacuate the building, by Chief Marsh, due to deteriorating conditions. 


    The fire was eventually brought under control and fire crews remained on scene well past 5:00 am performing overhaul and checking for hot spots.


    Two responding Monmouth Beach Police Officers were evaluated and treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation. Neither required further medical attention


    Also responding to the scene were EMS crews from; Monmouth Beach, West Long Branch, MAB response from Neptune as well as the Long Branch First Aid Squad.


    The scene has since been turned over to the Monmouth Beach & Monmouth County Fire Marshal's Office for investigation.


    MB Chiefs, 66,67,68 would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance and response.


    - The Monmouth Beach Police Department
    - Sea Bright Fire/Rescue
    - The City of Long Branch Fire Dept
    - Deal Fire Department 
    - Little Silver Fire Dept
    - Neptune Fire Dept.
    - Oceanport Fire Dept
    - West Long Branch Fire Dept
    - Asbury Park Fire Dept
    - Sea Bright Police Department 
    - Monmouth Beach EMS
    - Neptune MAB bus
    - West Long Branch First Aid
    - Long Branch First Aid
    - The Ladies Auxiliary of Monmouth Beach 


         
    Fire pushes through the roof at 13 River Ave

    Fire pushes through the roof at 13 River
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    Tips To Help Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

     With extremely cold temperatures expected, now is a good time to make sure your pipes are prepared to handle the cold weather.

    We have three easy tips to help prevent your pipes from freezing:

    1- Leave your faucets slightly turned on, so it trickles a little. This decreases pressure in the water line, decreasing the odds a pipe will burst.

    2-Open your kitchen cabinet doors under the sink to allow more heated air to get to the water pipes.

    3-Disconnect your hose outside. There could be water stored in the hose that could backup into the house as water freezes.

    Also see these additional tips from our friends at American Water on how to prevent your pipes from freezing and or thaw them out if it is already too late.

       


     

    2015 Line officers for Monmouth Beach Are Sworn In

    On January 1, 2015,  The Line Officers for the Monmouth Beach Fire Company were sworn in by New Jersey's  Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, as well as The Mayor and Commissioners of Monmouth Beach. 
    The annual ceremony which began at 10:00 a.m.,was held inside the main bays of our firehouse. 





    We are proud to announce our 2015 Line Officers; Have a Great Year & Good Luck Gentlemen




    Chief of Department:      Edward A. Marsh

    1st Assistant Chief:         Timothy P. Griffin

    2nd Assistant Chief:        Robert "Pags" Pasquariello

    Foreman:                           Carl Griffin

    1st Assistant Foreman:    Jeff Mitchell

    2nd Assistant Foreman:  Joseph  Feiter

    (Not pictured Foreman, Carl Griffin)

         
    Our 3 Chief Officers from l-r ( 1st Asst Chief Tim Griffin, Chief of Department Ed Marsh, 2nd Assistant Chief Bob Paquariello

    Our 3 Chief Officers from l-r ( 1st Asst
          Chief Tim Griffin, Chief of Department
          Ed Marsh, 2nd Assistant Chief Bob
          Paquariello

    2015 MBFC Line Officers; l-r( J. Feiter, J. Mitchell, T. Griffin, E.A. Marsh, R. Pasquariello)

    2015 MBFC Line Officers; l-r( J. Feiter,
          J. Mitchell, T. Griffin, E.A. Marsh, R.
          Pasquariello)



     

    Christmas Tree Safety Tips

     As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

    FACTS:

  • One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical failures
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every five of the fires.



  • SAFETY TIPS:

    • Make sure that you place your tree at least 3 feet away from any heat sources like fireplaces, candles, heaters, radiators, vents or lights.
    • Make sure the tree is not obstructing an exit.
    • Add water to the tree stand daily to prevent the tree from drying out.
    • Use lights that have a label  from a recognized testing laboratory, such as UL.
    • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturers instructions for the # of light strands to connect.
    • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
    • ALWAYS turn off Christmas tree lights before going to bed or leaving home.
    AFTER CHRISTMAS:

    • Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
    • Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
    • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.


    The link below, shows you how quickly a Christmas Tree fire can grow out of control.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMtjGfr0tYs


       


     
     
     

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