(source: FEMA, Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief | 10-NOV-2016)
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February. So now is the time to make sure your home heating device is safe, before the weather turns bitter cold. Follow these USFA heating tips to maintain a fire safe home this winter.
- Keep anything that can burn at least three (3) feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters or candles.
- Never use an oven to heat your home.
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
For more information on how to keep specific heating devices safe, such as a furnace, space heater, kerosene heater, fireplace or wood stove, visit the USFA’s Heating Fire Safety page.
“Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP”.
Click here for information on OPEN BURNING in New Kent County and for a link to a downloadble/printable BURN PERMIT.
Find out why Debris Burning is the #1 Cause of Wildfires in Virginia and what you can do to minimize the risk when burning debris in New Kent County. Plan Ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.
Building Our Organization One Member at a Time.
New Kent Fire-Rescue was established to provide all fire and emergency medical services to the residents of the county of New Kent, as well as services related to civilian safety and evacuation in disasters and emergencies. New Kent County takes pride in having a combined volunteer and career department that complements each others’ abilities and talents to best serve its residents. The following functions of our department continue to be the driving force in creating an organization with one mission: every decision results in improved service delivery to the customer.
- Provide a safe environment in which our customers live and visit.
- Minimize the threat of all disasters, including fire through awareness, preparation and mitigation.
- Provide the highest quality of emergency medical treatment at the basic and advanced life support levels.
- Take a proactive approach to developing relationships with our business community in the areas of fire prevention and education, economic development, and emergency preparedness.
- Seek alternative funding methods to provide the maximum level of fiscal responsibility.
- Safely provide aggressive response with trained personnel in all emergencies.
- Provide a seamless integration of all emergency responders, focusing on Competency, Compassion, and Consistency.
- Create a system that makes interoperability a standard practice.
FireSafe Family VA presented by Virginia’s Department of Fire Programs
A new home fire safety mobile application available as a free download for your iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices. Download your free copy today!
Use the links below for more information:
Register today for New Kent County’s rapid emergency notification system to be, and keep, informed in the event of a weather-related emergency, a missing child alert or any other emergency situation affecting/impacting our area. Registering your contact information takes little time and can be done securely from New Kent’s Community Notification Enrollment webpage. With the 2013 tornado season already very active and the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season just now starting, be proactive and enroll in CodeRED® to ensure you’re in the know when an emergency strikes.
Be Mobile Ready
The Ready Virginia mobile app, created by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management is an interactive tool that makes it easier than ever to be prepared for emergencies. The free app for iPhone® and Android™ devices provides emergency planning and guidance and other robust features not previously available in any mobile application.
Interested in volunteering with New Kent Fire-Rescue Fire? Fill out a Volunteer Application and then join us at our monthly orientation.
The 2016 New Volunteer Member Orientations will be held on the following Wednesday dates: March 30th; May 25th; July 27th; September 28th; and November 30th. Attendance at only one of the orientations is required. The start time and location for each date is 7:00 PM (please arrive early) in the training room at Fire Station 1 (Providence Forge) located at 4315 North Courthouse Road, Providence Forge, VA 23140.
Check out these informative SAFETY TIP SHEETS from the National Fire Protection Association and help keep yourself and your family safe this winter and holiday season. Christmas Tree Safety | Winter Holiday Safety | 10 Winter Tips | Heating Safety | Candle Safety
September is National Preparedness Month. Pledge to Prepare by joining the National Preparedness Coalition now! Empower yourself and help coordinate preparedness activities for your family, neighbors and co-workers, and those with whom you may study or worship. On the linked page be sure to check out all the navigation buttons along the top row… About; Hazards; Activities; and Stories… and be sure to Create an Account.
Is your Disaster Kit Stocked? Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to 8.5 million customers for seven days. Make sure your disaster kit is up-to-date and you have a plan in place for your family. Help others in your community take steps to prepare as well. Use this infographic to help you and your family stay safe before and after their power goes out and share this information with you friends and neighbors.
As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. Click Here for information from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on ways you can be safety conscious if your home’s decorations include having a real Christmas Tree.
As the days of late Autumn slowly give way to Winter and seasonally cold outdoor temperatures, people will turn to various means of heating their home. When those means involve fireplaces, wood stoves, kerosene heaters, and/or electric space heaters it is important they remember to observe and practice good safety. Click Here for home heating safety tips that the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and New Kent Fire-Rescue encourage Virginia residents to follow.
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New Kent, Virginia 23124