Home Heating Fires Are A Leading Cause of Death;
Most Fires Reported in December-February
According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. With proper precautions, they can be prevented. The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company offers the following information for staying fire safe while keeping warm this winter.
“There is nothing like coming in from the bitter cold to the comfort of a warm home,” says Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company Chief Peter Tyc. “However, no matter what heat source you choose, there are fire dangers. While it’s easy to take short cuts with heating and put off having the furnace and chimney inspected and cleaned each year, it is absolutely not worth the risk.”
Here are some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening:
In addition, while many enjoy sitting by an open fire on a cold night, open flames inside the home can be dangerous. When using a portable ethanol burning fireplace, be sure to store ethanol fuel in a closed container, away from the fireplace and out of the reach of children. It may not be easy to see the ethanol fuel flame. Always close the lid or use a snuffer to be sure the flame is extinguished before refueling into a cooled fireplace. Use only fuel made specifically for the fireplace. Follow this advice:
The Town of Middlefield in partnership with the Town of Durham and Regional School District #13 have implemented a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert residents about emergencies and other important community news.
The emergency notification system, powered by Everbridge, enables the Town of Durham to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations. The system uses listed phone numbers. You may also enter additional ways of contacting you, such as mobile phones, business phones, and email.
Privacy Notice: The Town of Middlefield respects your privacy. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and is fully protected.
The process begins when the Town of Middlefield issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including land line phones, mobile phones, e-mail, and more. If you don't confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email address.
NOTE: The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you. Please confirm as directed.
Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
There are multiple ways to sign up for the Town of Middlefield's emergency notification system. Residents, businesses, and neighbors with listed telephone numbers have already been included in the system.
Add your contact information to the emergency notification system. Residents and businesses with listed telephone numbers have already been included in the system.
You may use the registration link to include additional ways to contact you. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.
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