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Stay Safe This Valentine's Day!

Candles on Valentine's Day can be as romantic as they are dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candles are responsible for more than 15,000 fires in the United States each year. Check out our important Valentine's Day FIre Safety tips...

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candles are responsible for more than 15,000 fires in the United States each year, and cause more than 1,200 injuries, 136 civilian deaths, and $450 million in property damage. Research shows that the bulk of candle fire incidents are due to consumer inattention to basic fire safety or to the misuse of candles.

This Valentine's Day, please remember:

  • Don't leave candles burning when you are not there or going to sleep.
  • Keep burning candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire. For added insurance, place your candles on a dinner plate. If real candles are a hazard, use the battery-powered flameless ones instead!
  • Don't leave candles burning in a room unattended. Extinguish them before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Never use a candle as a night light.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that will not tip or burn and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
  • Keep all open flames - including candles - away from flammable liquids (according to the NFPA, more than half of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left, or came too close to a candle).
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart to ensures they won't melt each other, or create drafts that can cause the candles to flare.

Main-Transit Fire Department elects officers for 2015

Main-Transit Fire Department elects officers for 2015

Firematic officers are:
Chief, William Riley; first assistant chief, Daniel Hooper; second assistant chief, Brad Sprague; senior captain, Marc Gravelle; captains, Andrew Mazurek, Adam Karl, Nicholas Cino and Andrew Fischer.

To be appointed Janurary 2015

Administrative officers include:
President, Brian Rusin; vice president, Scott Saxer; Secretary, Andrew Zippirolli; treasurer, Carol Jackson, and sergeant-at-arms, John Roach.

Directors are:
James Lawida, DJ Graff and Michael Karl.

Main-Transit Fire Department maintains Station One at 6777 Main St., Station Two at 5560 Sheridan Drive and more than 12 pieces of fire apparatus. The department is responsible for 5.2 square miles in the Town of Amherst, a protection area consisting of 16,000 residents and  $2.1 billion in property value.




Important Clothes Dryer Safety Tips

Fires caused by dryer vent lint are one of the biggest causes of residential fires. Based on a report by The U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to fire departments each year.

While house hunting be informed of the last time the dryer vents were cleaned out and request the dryer vents and ducts be cleaned out before you purchase your home. If you live in an apartment, you share the dryer with different individuals. If your clothes are still wet after being in the dryer for an hour or the clothes feel extremely hotter than normal let your manager know.

There are two ways that you can tell if something is wrong with the dryer:
1. If you have a big load of clothing that has been drying for 1 hour and is still not dry.
2. If your clothes at the end of the drying cycle feels hotter than usual.

It's important to clean the filter after every cycle in order to decrease dryer vent fires. Even after one cleans the filter of a dryer, lint can accumulate and reduce airflow and can create a potential fire hazard. All the dust that accumulates over time and not maintaining the dryer machine can over heat and cause a fire. It is important for the vents and ducts to be cleaned out so air can flow and keep the dryer cool.

Safety Checklist:
  • Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
  • Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Check the outdoor vent to make sure it is not covered by snow.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Don’t overload your dryer (follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions).
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  • Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.


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