Amherst Fire Rescue partners with American Red Cross

Amherst Fire Rescue Offers Ways to Avoid Home Fires as Part of American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Amherst, NH, Friday May 11th, 2018 —Amherst Fire Rescue announces cooperation with the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in Amherst, NH and wants residents to know what they can do to be prepared and help prevent a fire in their home.“If a fire starts in someone’s home, they may have just two minutes to escape,” said Captain Erik Swenson. “Amherst Fire Rescue wants to help our residents by educating them about what they should do to prevent home fires to make our community and the people in it safer.”

FIRE SAFETY STEPS TO PREPARE NOW

Ensure smoke alarms are on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Test smoke alarms once a month; if they’re not working, change the batteries.

Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Never disable smoke alarms.

Build a fire escape plan. Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Practice that plan.

Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.

Never smoke in bed.

Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.

Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

In support of the “Sound The Alarm” campaign with the American Red Cross, Amherst Fire Rescue will offer the installation of free, 10-year smoke detectors to homes that do not currently have them or are expired.  The program will run over the next several weeks.  AFR will also take appointments to have smoke detectors checked for expiration dates and replaced accordingly.  Smoke detectors usually have a functional life of 6-10 years at which point they should be replaced.

Our current planned installation date is the morning of Saturday, May 19th however depending on demand, we will offer other days as well.  If you are interested in an appointment, please go the following link to schedule an appointment and we will do our best to accommodate.  An adult over 18 needs to be home a time of installation.

http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/home-fire-safety/smoke-alarm

MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE:  For more information about what to do to prevent home fires and what people should do if a fire starts in their home, they can visit the home fire safety information on the Red Cross web site or call Amherst Fire Rescue during normal business hours of 8:00AM to 4:00PM Monday through Friday.

Program Details:

Amherst Fire Rescue (AFR) in conjunction with the American Red Cross will install new, 10-year smoke detectors in residences without functioning smoke detectors.  This will require drilling of walls or ceilings in order to properly mounted detector.

AFR requires that at least one adult is home during the installation

Residences with hardwired systems are also eligible, however direct replacements for those systems are currently not part of this program due to code requirements.  If the resident wishes to have battery operated smoke detectors, detectors will be provided.

Appointments can be made at the following URL:  http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/home-fire-safety/smo... Please be sure to leave contact information so that we can call and confirm your appointment.

We’re excited to be able to offer such a program and look forward to getting out in our community!

For additional information please contact Chief Matthew Conley 673-1545