Has responsibility for the administration and enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
Has responsibility for the inspection of all buildings and premises, with the exception of residential dwelling units, accordance with the provisions of the Town of Brighton Fire Prevention Code.
Reviews plans for new construction and installation of fire protection equipment to assure fire and life safety regulations are met.
Investigates complaints received by the Fire Prevention Division; establishes and maintains comprehensive records of all business transacted such as complaints, inspections, investigations, notices served and permits written.
Confers with, answers questions for and provides direction to property owners, contractors, engineers, architects and others regarding fire protection requirements.
Assists with investigation of all fires involving injury or substantial loss of property.
Let’s start with our smoke alarms, just a few weeks ago when we changed our clocks we reminded everyone to replace their smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. If you have not done this yet, then this is a great place to begin
Alarms that are powered by batteries or that have a battery back-up need to have their batteries replaced yearly. These alarms also should be cleaned using a vacuum to remove any dust or cobwebs that has accumulated inside. Removing the build-up of debris in the detector will reduce the chance of false alarms and may increase the effectiveness of the sensor.
Many home fires begin in utility and laundry rooms, a few minutes spent cleaning in these areas can greatly reduce this threat. Make sure furnaces and water heaters have at least a 3-foot clearance from any combustibles materials. If your furnace has a filter, this is also a good time to change it.
Clothes dryers are responsible for over 15000 fires annually, an easy way to prevent a dryer fire is to clean your dryer and vent. Start by unplugging the dryer and pulling the unit away from the wall. Be careful during this step as many dryers can only move a short distance due to the gas line connection. Once you have enough room, remove the large vent hose that leads to the outside. Use a vacuum to remove any lint buildup from inside the vent hose, inside the back of the dryer, and under the dryer. After the vent hose is reconnected move the unit back into place, so you can also vacuum out the lint trap and filter.
Don’t forget to check outside where the vent exits the home; make sure it is clear of lint or bird nests. Before you put that vacuum away it is also a good idea to clean out bathroom ventilation fans. Remove the cover access the fan. Remove dust and debris with the vacuum then inspect the fan motor and electrical connections if you notice any rust or corrosion have the unit checked by a licensed electrician.
Follow this up with a good general cleaning of the rest of the house. Reduce clutter by getting rid of unwanted items and old household chemicals, by doing this you are removing fuel from a fire. If a fire does occur the less items fire has to burn the slower it will spread, this will give the fire department a better chance of limiting the amount of damage.
By now most of you are probably thinking this sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really not. Before you know it you will be relaxing on the couch, watching a little baseball and you will have the peace of mind knowing your home is a safer place.
The company has already begun the recall process abroad, in places like Israel and the United Arab Emirates. However, it hasn’t yet gotten the formal go-ahead for a recall in the US. However, in spite of this, Dyson is being proactive about the situation and has already set up a site for you to get the ball rolling.
If you’re the owner of an AM04 or AM05 Air Multiplier, the company recommends you visit the website www.dysonrecall.com for instructions on how to proceed.
Lithonia Lighting Recalls Emergency Lights Due to Fire Hazard
Consumers should contact Lithonia Lighting to receive detailed instructions on how to locate the circuit board and series name and to order a free repair kit, which includes a new circuit board.
In 2012, there were an estimated 365,000 reported home structure fires and 2,380 associated civilian deaths in the United States.
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
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