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Spring Forward and Check Your Batteries

Check and change the batteries in your Smoke Detectors. And while your at it, don't forget to make sure your Clocks are set 1 hour ahead, for daylight savings time. Also check out our guide to see if you have enough smoke detectors in all the right places. Remember Fire Safety means being ready 24/7.

Make it a habit to change your smoke detector batteries every time you change your clocks ahead!

FACT: Smoke detectors save lives!

Each year, thousands of people are alerted to fire in their homes simply because they have working smoke detectors. Fire deaths are most often caused by inhaling the toxic smoke and gases emitted by early-stage fires. The early warning smoke detectors give can make the difference between life and death for you or a family member.

FACT: Batteries don't last forever!

Fire departments across the nation recommend changing your smoke detector batteries at least two times per year, at the same time you set your clocks for daylight savings. Why? Because it?s easy to remember and because it could save your life.

Daylight Saving Time officially begins Sunday, March 8, 2015

The time change officially takes place at 2 a.m., but you don’t have to spring out of bed and move the big hand on your clock ahead an hour. The change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices.

But if you’re still using an analog clock, you’ll probably want to move it ahead before you go to sleep on Saturday, or when you wake up the next morning.

Guide: How Many Smoke Detectors Do I Need?

  1. Have a smoke detector in every bedroom, hallway, vaulted ceiling, and every floor level.
  2. Not only should you have them in all the above locations make sure they are inter-connected so that if one goes off they all go off. That way if a fire starts on the bottom floor or far end of the house the entire house gets an alarm and gives you that valuable time to escape or put the fire out. You should also consider placing smoke detectors in other areas of your home like the garage. Again, its all about getting as early a warning as possible.
  3. Think about installing a smoke detector that has the ability for you to record your own voice recording on it. Instead of just a loud beep you could have the alarm in your own voice say "Fire, Fire, Johnny get up" Its been said that a parents voice may wake a child before a very loud beep.
  4. If you currently have smoke detectors make sure you inspect them and test them. Most smoke detectors expire after 10 years and must be replaced. If you have just one smoke detector in your hallway have additional smoke detectors added to create the proper system as mentioned above. Again, make sure that they are all interconnected though so one goes off they all go off.
  5. Finally, don't forget about CO (carbon monoxide) Detectors and have one installed on each floor as well. You can have a smoke/CO combination detector installed at each floor level and get a 2 for 1.



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.




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