Congratulations to our New Line Officers

Captain Matthew Czlapinski and FF Breanna Johnson

                             Lt. Jesse Garrard














Congratulations to Captain Matthew Czlapinski and Lieutenant Jesse Garrard, voted into office Tuesday night 12/5.  Both officers earned their promotions having worked tirelessly this year managing assigned tasks efficiently and effectively without needing direction from senior officers.  Their natural leadership abilities were clearly demonstrated behind the scenes, during training activities and during calls.  Their dedication to the department sets the best example for others to follow.

Safety Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are a time of celebration with family and friends.  Decorative ideas abound, including menorahs, scented candles, inflatables of every kind, strings and strings of holiday lights, and too many customs and traditions to note.  Time spent in the kitchen offers pleasing aromas of pies, cookies and cakes.  It also brings time with friends and family, both home and away.

Never leave burning candles and food on and in the stove unattended. Arrange for friends or family to visit your home daily while away to assure your live tree has plenty of water.  Inspect the wires on decorations and  lights for damage and toss damaged items in the trash.  It is not worth loss of life and property to save a few dollars by repairing damage.

For more holiday safety tips, visit our friends at Underwriters Laboratories who are offering 31 Days of Holiday Safety GIFS.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips from NFPA

Picking the tree
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2″ from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
After Christmas
  • Get rid of the tree after Christmas. 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.

For more NFPA wisdom, visit:  NFPA Christmas Tree Safety Tips

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AmazonPrime and other Amazon services remain the same through AmazonSmile.  Using AmazonSmile facilitates the ability to donate to the non-profit of your choice.  Naturally, we would be delighted for you to choose The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department as your non-profit of choice.

Thank you for supporting the East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department.  We are a 501(C)3 and a St of CT Dept of Consumer Protection Public Charity #CHR 0006105.

15 Safety Tips on Frying Turkeys from State Farm Insurance

A turkey fryer filled with boiling oil

If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it’s in use.
  5. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that’s 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

State Farm® and actor William Shatner want you to be safe when using turkey fryers this Thanksgiving. Watch our cautionary tale, ‘Eat, Fry, Love’, before you begin.

KIDDE fire extinguisher recall

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