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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


       


     

    MBFC Announces 2015 Line Officers

    The MBFC is very proud to announce our line officers for the year 2014.




    Chief of Department: Edward A. Marsh
    1st Assistant Chief: Timothy P. Griffin
    2nd Assistant Chief: Robert  "Pags" Pasquariello
    Foreman: Carl E. Griffin
    1st Assistant Foreman: Jeffrey Mitchell
    2nd Assistant Foreman: Joseph J. Feiter


    We wish you all good luck and a very safe year


       


     

    MBFC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALES

      Sunday, November 30,  starts our Annual Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser behind the Firehouse on Beach Road.Our lot will be packed full of; Douglas, Fraser & Balsam firs, ranging from 3' to 10'. Mixed wreaths, plain or decorated & Roping in various sizes.We have everything that you need to make your house look great this year for Christmas.

    Members will be available to help you find the perfect tree, wreath or length of roping during the following hours:

    Monday-Friday:   5 p.m.-8 p.m. 

    Weekends:  9 a.m.-7p.m.  

    **LOCAL DELIVERY AVAILABLE; ASK ONE OF OUR MEMBERS FOR DETAILS**

    Thank you for supporting your local firefighters and have a very Happy Holiday Season!!

       


     

    Turkey Fryer Safety from the MBFC

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014  The Monmouth Beach Fire Company would like to share the following Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips and an important message from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) about the dangers/hazards of using an outdoor gas fueled turkey fryer.

    The Monmouth Beach Fire Company wishes all of our family, members and friends a very Happy Thanksgiving  

    TURKEY FRYERS: Underwriters Laboratories (UL) discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. 

    If you’ve never tried deep fried turkey ~ it’s great! But keep in mind there are many risks associated with doing it. Check out these safety tips and a brief 2-minute video from Underwriters Laboratories.


    Some Turkey Fryer hazards:

    • many units tip over easily, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.
    • If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.
    • Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.
    • With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
    • The lid and the handles on the sides of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.
    Watch the fryer safety video below under the picture.



       


     

    Change your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

      -- The Monmouth Beach Fire Company, is reminding residents that when you turn back your clocks this Saturday night, Nov. 2, you should also change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

    Approximately 83 percent of all fire deaths occur in the home. The majority of those occur at night when people were asleep in homes without working smoke alarms. This simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors along with testing your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they're working makes your home safer for you and your loved ones.


    A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds. The sound of the alarm will give you and your family those few extra seconds to get out and stay out of your home.
    Checking your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms & changing their batteries are one of the simplest things you can do to protect your family.

    Statistics indicate that more than 30% of home fires do not have a working smoke detector, or have no smoke detectors at all.
    When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because the batteries are missing.




         



     

    The Monmouth Beach Fire Company Reminds Residents: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

     

    The Monmouth Beach Fire Company Reminds Residents:
    Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
     
    MONMOUTH BEACH, NJ, 10/07/2014 – 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 Monmouth Beach Fire Company is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local 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.




     To learn more about smoke alarms and “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives”, visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.




       


     

    MBFC announces End of September Mum Sale

    END OF SEPTEMBER MUM SALES!!

    Come out and get all of your fall mums and help support your local FD!

    Starting this Saturday, the 20th, The Monmouth Beach Fire Company will be selling nine, twelve, and fourteen inch Giant Mums as its end of September fundraiser.

    The Mum sales will be conducted on the apron in front of our firehouse on Beach Rd, this Saturday & Sunday ( the 20th & 21st) as well as next Saturday & Sunday (the 27th & 28th), Sale hours are 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

    Stop on by and help support the men and women of the MBFC by purchasing one of our beautiful mums! All proceeds go directly to the MBFC.

     Stop by and say hello to Chris Marsh and the rest of the crew.                                                                

         



     

    2014 Monmouth Beach Annual Firemans Fair

    Monday, September 1, 2014   The Monmouth Beach Fire Company is holding our annual fireman's fair from Wednesday September 3rd - Saturday September 6th @ The Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion. This year promises to be our  biggest and the best fair yet, with all new rides and games of chance! 

    Join us for :

    • Fantastic food incl: Lobster Dinners, Steamers, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches, Hot Dogs & Hamburgers, etc!
    • 50/50 Raffles
    • Beer & Wine Garden
    • The dunk tank
    • Fire Engine rides on our antique Mack
    Nightly live entertainment featuring:

    • Wednesday-  A.D.D. Band featuring- Rich Schwartz
    • Thursday- Pam McCoy & Familiar Faces
    • Friday- Seven Bridges
    And on Saturday night:

    • THE BUSTER WHITE BAND  with a spectacular Fireworks display on the beach starting at 8:00 p.m.
    ***Friday Night is BRACELET NIGHT -- PAY ONE PRICE FOR ALL RIDES!!!*****

    Bring the family and have a great time while helping to support the men & women of the MONMOUTH BEACH FIRE COMPANY




       


     

    LIFE JACKETS: SAVING A LIFE

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014   In 2013, drowning was the number one cause of death on the water. 82 percent of those victims did not have one crucial item – a life jacket. Below, we share the story of one man who encourages all boaters to take necessary safety precautions. He thought this encouragement would one day save a life on the water – but never thought it would be his own. - 




     It was a normal sunny day out on Sandy Hook Bay in New Jersey for two-year kayaker Jose Mendoza until a fellow boater’s wake capsized Mendoza’s kayak. “It happened all so quickly. I was in my kayak relaxing about a half-mile off shore when a wave knocked me into the water,” recalled Mendoza. “I tried to get back into my kayak but it had filled with water.” To make matters worse, his left leg began to cramp as soon as he fell into the water. Luckily, he was wearing his life jacket. “I tried to swim but the shore was too far away,” said Mendoza. “My life jacket kept me up and I was able to hold on to my kayak.” He didn't have a radio with him but he had the next best thing – his cell phone in a zip locked bag. “I called 911,” he said. “I told them I lost balance and that I could not swim. I said I was in the middle of the ocean and the weather and wind was pushing me away from shore.” While Mendoza made the call, water was splashing over his head. He decided the best thing was to grab onto his kayak and wait for help to arrive. The Wear It campaign, run by the National Safe Boating Council, reminds boaters of the importance of boating safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo. 911 operators called Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, New Jersey, for assistance and a boat crew was sent out to assist Mendoza. “I always thought if something happened to me I needed to wear something bright for them to see me,” said Mendoza. Luckily, this thought paid off. It wasn't long before Coast Guard crew members found Mendoza and his bright orange kayak floating in the water. “It was a really good thing that he was wearing his life jacket and stayed with his kayak, which was bright orange and a larger object for us to be able to locate,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class David Snyder. Coast Guard crew-members threw Mendoza a line and pulled him aboard. “They said if I hadn't had a life jacket on it would have been a different story,” said Mendoza. Mendoza admitted he wasn't the most experienced kayaker but even he knew the importance of wearing a life jacket. “If you’re going out on the water, safety is the first thing you need to consider,” Mendoza said. “I am thankful for the Coast Guard for rescuing me. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be here.” -


    Written by Aux. David Glaser


         



     

    How To Recognize Rip Currents & What to Do If You Get Caught In One

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 


          As the warmer weather approaches and you head out to the beaches, please take a moment to read about the dangers of RIP CURRENTS.
     KNOW HOW TO SWIM....& NEVER SWIM ALONE IF IN DOUBT ....DON'T GO OUT!!!! NEVER SWIM AT AN UNPROTECTED BEACH!!!!!
    It is estimated that nearly 100 lives nationwide are claimed by rip currents each year....

    Why Rip Currents FormAs waves travel from deep to shallow water, they will break near the shoreline. When waves break strongly in some locations and weakly in others, this can cause circulation cells which are seen as rip currents: narrow, fast-moving belts of water traveling offshore.   (more info) 

    Why Rip Currents are DangerousRip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers. They are particularly dangerous for weak or non-swimmers. Rip current speeds are typically 1-2 feet per second. However, speeds as high as 8 feet per second have been measured--this is faster than an Olympic swimmer can sprint! Thus, rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea.
      
    Over 100 drownings due to rip currents occur every year in the United States. More than 80% of water rescues on surf beaches are due to rip currents.

    Rip currents can occur at any surf beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes.



    When Rip Currents FormRip currents can be found on many surf beaches every day. Under most tide and sea conditions the speeds are relatively slow. However, under certain wave, tide, and beach profile conditions the speeds can quickly increase to become dangerous to anyone entering the surf. The strength and speed of a rip current will likely increase as wave height and wave period increase. They are most likely to be dangerous during high surf conditions as the wave height and wave period increase.







    Where Rip Currents FormRip currents most typically form at low spots or breaks in sandbars, and also near structures such as groins, jetties and piers. Rip currents can be very narrow or extend in widths to hundreds of yards. The seaward pull of rip currents varies: sometimes the rip current ends just beyond the line of breaking waves, but sometimes rip currents continue to push hundreds of yards offshore.




    How to Identify Rip CurrentsLook for any of these clues:

    • a channel of churning, choppy water
    • an area having a notable difference in water color
    • a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward
    • a break in the incoming wave pattern
    None, one, or more of the above clues may indicate the presence of rip currents. Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average beachgoer. For your safety, be aware of this major surf zone hazard. Polarized sunglasses make it easier to see the rip current clues provided above.








    How to Avoid and Survive Rip Currents
    Learn how to swim!
    • Never swim alone.
    • Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don’t go out!
    • Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach.
    • Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.
    • If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
    • Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
    • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
    • If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself:  face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
    • If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1 . Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current.


    Rip Current Myth 

    A rip current is a horizontal current. Rip currents do not pull people under the water–-they pull people away from shore. Drowning deaths occur when people pulled offshore are unable to keep themselves afloat and swim to shore. This may be due to any combination of fear, panic, exhaustion, or lack of swimming skills.

    In some regions rip currents are referred to by other, incorrect terms such as rip tides and undertow. We encourage exclusive use of the correct term – rip currents. Use of other terms may confuse people and negatively impact public education efforts.

         



     
     
     

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