800 Main Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Asbury Park Fire Department
Fire Safe Home for the Holidays!
The Asbury Park Fire Department wants to help make your holidays joyful and safe. By taking the simple safety precautions listed below, you can help ensure that you and your loved ones will have a Fire Safe Home For The Holidays!
Lights and Candles
Decorate your tree using only UL (Underwriters' Lab Inc.) approved lights and cords. Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets. Do not overload extension cords. Use no more than three strings of lights on one extension cord, and never run an electrical cord under a carpet. Be sure to secure electrical cords so that children cannot pull them and topple the tree.
Turn off the tree lights when you go to bed, depart from home or leave the tree in an unattended room.
Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets; keep matches and lighters out of sight and locked away. Make sure they are in stable holders. Do not leave candles unattended - especially around children or pets.
Do not place candles near draperies or anything that might easily catch fire. Make sure you put out candles when you go to bed or leave the home.
Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree! Do not go near a holiday tree with an open flame - candles, lighters or matches.
Never leave cooking food unattended - it is the number one cause of house fires.
Make sure you wear close-fitting clothing when cooking.
Put pans on back burners and turn all pot handles toward the back of the stove.
Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen. Close supervision is essential, whether children are helping an adult cook or simply watching.
When selecting a tree for the Holiday, needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard. A safer option is to buy a fire-resistant artificial tree.
Use a wide-based stand to make sure the tree is secure and will not fall over. Keep your tree in a container full of water, and check it daily.
Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators and heating vents. Decorate your tree with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that are breakable, have small detachable parts, metal hooks or look like food or candy on the lower branches where small children can reach them. Make sure tree lights are hung out of reach of young children. Also, cut back the lower branches to avoid eye injuries to small children.
Never burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in your fireplace. Dispose of your tree promptly after the holidays.
Other Related Tips
Have your furnace and chimney professionally inspected and cleaned.
Space heaters need space. Keep materials that burn easily at least three feet away from each heater.
Working smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas. Test alarms once a month and replace the batteries at least twice a year.
Plan and practice at least two fire escape routes from each room of your home and identify an outside meeting place.
Monterey County Fire Investigator's Association, with association from NIST, provides Christmas tree safety tips to protect you and your family. A rapidly burning Christmas tree is shown in a living room façade as an example of how dangerous a dry Christmas tree can be if it catches fire.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report recently examining the characteristics of Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings. The report, Thanksgiving Day Fires in Residential Buildings, was developed by USFA's National Fire Data Center.
The report is based on 2006 to 2008 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). According to the report, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States, resulting in an estimated average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss. The leading cause of all Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is, by far, cooking. Additionally, smoke alarms were not present in 20 percent of Thanksgiving Day fires that occurred in occupied residential buildings.
While these safety and cooking tips may not make Thanksgiving dinner taste any better--they will help to avoid potential disaster;
Keep your family and overnight guests safe with a working smoke alarm on every level of the house, in each bedroom and in the halls adjacent to the bedrooms. Test smoke alarms monthly, and replace batteries at least once a year.
Overnight guests should be instructed on your home's fire escape plan and designated meeting place for your family.
Have a fire extinguisher available not more than 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the room.
A standard Class ABC multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher is recommended. Know how to use your fire extinguisher.
Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.
Keep the kitchen off limits to young children and adults who are not helping with food preparations. This will lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.
When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. Clothing can catch on fire and jewelry can become entangled with pot handles, causing spills and burns.
Cook on the back burners when possible, and turn pot handles inward so they don't extend over the edge of the stove.
Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else watch what is being cooked. Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires and fire-related injuries in Prince George's County. According to the USFA; cooking is the leading cause of all Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings at 69 percent. Nearly all of these cooking fires (97 percent) are small, confined fires with limited damage.
If you use a deep fryer, please, exercise extreme caution and follow manufacturer instructions. The report from the USFA found that these cooking devices accounted for about 1% of Thanksgiving Day fires.
Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.
Candles are often part of holiday decorations. The Fire/EMS Department strongly encourages the use of battery powered candles and discourages the use of candles with an open flame. If you use candles; they should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed. Candles should be placed where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them. The candleholder should be completely non-combustible and difficult to knock over. The candle should not have combustible decorations around it.
If smoking is allowed inside, provide guests with large, deep ashtrays and check them frequently. After guests leave check inside, under upholstery, and in trash cans for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.
Overnight guests should be briefed on the home escape plan and designated meeting place outside.
Working smoke alarms are required in all residences in New Jersey. Consider upgrading to a 10-year tamper proof with hush feature smoke alarm and never change a battery again. If you can not afford to purchase an alarm you can call our Fire Prevention Brueau at 732-774-7400 as long as supplies last. If you are unable to do so a firefighter will install a working smoke alarm in your home; free of charge.
The people of your Asbury Park Fire Department wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!!!
William Shatner & State Farm® present "Eat, Fry, Love," a turkey fryer fire cautionary tale
NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer."
Hot oil may splash or spill at any point during the cooking process, when the fryer is jarred or tipped over, the turkey is placed in the fryer or removed, or the turkey is moved from the fryer to the table. Any contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury. Any contact between hot oil and nonmetallic materials could lead to serious damage.
A major spill of hot oil can occur with fryers designed for outdoor use and using a stand as these units are particularly vulnerable to upset or collapse, followed by a major spill of hot oil. Newer countertop units using a solid base appear to reduce this particular risk. NFPA does not believe that consumer education alone can make the risks of either type of turkey fryer acceptably low because of the large quantities of hot oil involved and the speed and severity of burn likely to occur with contact.
In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Cooking oil is combustible, and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite. This is a fire danger separate from the burn danger inherent in the hot oil. Overheating can occur if temperature controls, which are designed to shut off the fryer if the oil overheats, are defective, or if the appliance has no temperature controls.
Propane-fired turkey fryers are designed for outdoor use, particularly for Thanksgiving, by which time both rain and snow are common in many parts of the country. If rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can be a splattering of the hot oil or a conversion of the rain or snow to steam, either of which can lead to burns. The frozen turkey may splatter hot oil, which could cause a serious injury.
The approximately 5 gallons of oil in these devices introduce an additional level of hazard to deep fryer cooking, as does the size and weight of the turkey, which must be safely lowered into and raised out of the large quantity of hot oil. Many turkeys are purchased frozen, and they may not be fully thawed when cooking begins. As with a rainy day, a defrosting turkey creates the risk of contact between hot cooking oil.
There is a new outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil. NFPA believes these should be considered as an alternative. NFPA understands that this appliance will be listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
NFPA continues to believe that turkey fryers that use oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for acceptably safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. Consumers may find packaging of turkey fryers displaying independent product safety testing labels. NFPA is familiar with the details of these test standards and does not believe that they are sufficiently comprehensive regarding the different ways in which serious harm can occur, and, in some cases, regarding the different parts of the turkey fryer that need to be tested.
On Tuesday, October 1st, the Asbury Park Firefighters Association will kickoff it's "Rock the Pink" campaign by selling pink T-shirts and taking donations to help support breast cancer research, awareness, education and treatment.
While monetary donation are vital to the breast cancer fight, education and information is equally important as there is currently no cure for breast cancer, early detection is the best way to help save lives. We want to ensure that everyone has access to the information they need.
New Jersey is among the states with the highest incidence of breast cancer in the United States.
Annual Change Your Clock Change Your Battery Campaign
For 26 years Energizer, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has been helping to keep families safe through their Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program. On November 3rd, remember to test and change your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clock back from Daylight Saving Time. Families are encouraged to use the extra hour "gained" from the end of daylight saving time to review their home fire safety plans and remind their friends, family and neighbors of the life-saving habit of changing and testing smoke alarm batteries.
Physical Address: 800 Main Street Asbury Park, NJ 07712
All Asbury Park's Fire Apparatus is staffed with skilled, cross-trained firefighter/emergency medical technicians who provide basic life support skills and fight fires. Specialty teams allow the Asbury Park Fire Department to deal with chemical spills, provide technical rescues to individuals trapped in water, trenches, confined spaces, or collapsed buildings. The extensive training and expertise of our members results in the fire department providing quality and cost-efficient services to our community.
Beyond providing emergency services, The Asbury Park Fire Department works to prevent future fires and accidents. Our responsibilities range from fire code enforcement, arson investigations, and fire prevention activities to fire and life safety education programs for children, families, and seniors.
Asbury Park currently has 1 centrally located fire station (with a new one planned for the future). We staff 1 Engine Company, 1 Truck Company, 2 Basic Life Support Ambulances, and a Duty Battalion Chief. Our apparatus fleet includes 4 engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 1 Technical Rescue Response Vehicle and more! The Asbury Park Fire Department employs approximately 60 people, of which, 55 are certified Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians.
You are welcome to visit The Asbury Park Fire Station from 8 am - 5 pm, any day of the week, to meet the firefighters, get your blood pressure checked, or pick-up safety information. The Fire station is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, crews may be away from the station responding to emergency calls, conducting off-site training exercises, or performing in service inspections at various times during the day.
Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations, coordinated by NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.
Task Force One In Action During Realistic Drills At Meadowlands
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Asbury Park
Firefighters participated in a statewide Urban Search and Rescue drill that was
performed at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. These
New Jersey Taskforce 1 members were deployed to the World Trade Center terrorist
attacks, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Tropicana parking deck collapse
in Atlantic City in 2003, and the Prospect Towers collapse in Hackensack in
2010. The drill was a training exercise to sharpen the technical skills of its
members with the various pieces of equipment ant techniques that can be used.
Below is a video hosted by CBS New York.
Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Three in every 10 reported home fires start in the kitchen - more than any other place in the home.
Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (i.e. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).
Keep children and pets away from cooking areas by creating a three-foot (one-meter) "kid/pet-free zone" around the stove.
Turn pot handles inward so they can't be bumped and children can't grab them.
Clean cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup which can ignite.
Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
Never use a wet oven mitt, as it presents a scald danger if the moisture in the mitt is heated.
Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. You may also use baking soda. Turn off the burner. Don't remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire and never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire, as it can spray or shoot burning grease around the kitchen, actually spreading the fire.
If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing. Call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen. Close supervision is essential, whether children are helping an adult cook or simply watching.
If there is a microwave fire, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave - If safe to do so. Call 9-1-1 from a safe location. Remember that food cooked in a microwave can be dangerously hot. Remove the lids or other coverings carefully to prevent steam burns.
Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the house. Make sure all other appliances are turned off.
Asbury Park "Lights on Crime off"; "FLIP THE SWITCH!"
The mission of "Asbury Park Lights On Crime Off" is to encourage the development of community bonds and promote local awareness of crime in the City of Asbury Park. The mission will be achieved through:
Providing forums for local conversation and reporting of incidents of crime/quality of life concerns,
Recording all reported incidents in an interactive map, and
Partnering with local authorities to share the compiled data and community concerns.