The Billerica Fire Department, Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, & Massachusetts State Fire Marshal are asking that while you’re changing your clocks this weekend, you also check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. We also request that you check the alarms in the homes of elderly relatives and neighbors who may struggle or be unable to check their own.
Do my alarms need fresh batteries? Unless you have newer alarms with 10-year sealed batteries (most of us do not have these), your alarms probably need fresh batteries! Even hard-wired alarms depend on battery backup when the electricity is out. Still not convinced? Keep in mind that power is sometimes lost during emergencies such as fires – the battery power source is absolutely essential. Please, replace your batteries and press “test” to ensure you have working alarms in your home.
Do the alarms need replacing? The Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s press release reminds us that “smoke alarms need to be replaced after ten years usually, and carbon monoxide alarms usually after 5-7.” Like anything else in your home, these alarms are only reliable for so long. All alarms should have the date of manufacture visible on the device. It’s likely displayed on the back of the alarm which can be easily checked while replacing the batteries. A smoke alarm that shows a date that is prior to November 2008 should be replaced. You can check the manufacturers recommendations for more information on your specific alarms.
Join us on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 11am-2pm at Billerica Fire Headquarters (8 Good Street) for our annual open house! Enjoy FREE pizza & drinks while you check out the fire trucks in our largest fire station, learn about fire safety, and meet the firefighters who protect your community.
The Billerica Fire Department would like to remind you that when Daylight Savings Time arrives on March 11, 2018 and you change your clock, please also remember to change the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms. Please remember that …
It’s almost that time of year again! The State Fire Marshal has released the following information related to mulch fires in the March advisory. Mulch is combustible and can catch fire easily when smoking materials are discarded in it. Hundreds of fires start this way each year. Learn to prevent mulch fires below.
Each year, over 486,000 individuals are seen in emergency departments, minor emergency clinics, or physician’s offices for the treatment of a burn injury in the United States and Canada. In 2016 alone, there were 3,390 recorded deaths from fire and smoke inhalation injuries. The majority of these injuries were preventable. This is why the American Burn Association, its Burn Prevention Committee, and the Billerica Fire Department want to bring awareness to the cause of such devastating and costly injuries and encourage the public to make simple environmental and behavioral changes that has proven to mitigate this problem.
Using the term “M. O. B.,” (Mechanisms of Burn) for the national campaign, the many ways in which a burn injury may occur is addressed. The campaign’s unique approach features a law and order motif. The many causes of burns (Flame, scald, electrical, etc.) are identified as “criminals” being sought after by “Police Commissioner Sean O’Safety.” Fire and Life Safety Educators, parents and others are given the opportunity to explore the various ways in which a “criminal” may cause a burn. Specific topics address the mechanism of injury for various age groups and persons with disabilities. For example, Larry “The Steamer” Liquids, may cause a burn in a different manner to a young child, then an older adult; or William “The Wire” Electricity may cause in electrical injury in many forms. By arming themselves with the knowledge of the many different ways a burn injury could occur, individuals may take the necessary steps to ensure a safe environment for themselves and their loved ones.
“We are really excited about this new initiative of the Burn Prevention Committee of the ABA” said Dr. Linwood Haith, President of the ABA. “This Committee has worked tirelessly to raise awareness that burn injuries can be prevented,” he said.