Welcome to the New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department official website. Please enjoy your visit and feel free to use any resource we offer. Please visit often as our site will be regularly updated and enhanced. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may email the website manager (also a member) directly from the bottom of any page or you may go to the contact page for information on how to contact a fire department representative or division of the NFVFD.
NFVFD is an all volunteer fire department that is comprised of three fire companies: Ball Pond Fire Co, Fire Company A, and Squantz Engine Co. We currently are comprised of over one hundred active members, and many associate members. Please view our ABOUT US page for more information on who we are.
Fall Fire Safety Tips
As summer turns to fall, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips. Some safety tips are the same regardless of the time of year, but many safety concerns are seasonal, particularly those that involve keeping your home warm.
Time Changes Mean Battery Changes
Get in the habit of changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every fall and spring when changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. It is also a good idea to make it standard procedure in your household to verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order when you adjust the clocks each season.
Home Heating Tips
No matter what type of device you use to heat your home, making sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order is an important part of learning some fall fire safety tips. Many things can go wrong with heating equipment during the spring and summer months. Verify that everything you need to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is in good working order before you experience the first cold snap of the season.
Central Heating System Safety Tips
Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) contractor every year before using it.
If you have a gas heater, make sure that you have a sufficient quantity of fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.
Space Heater Safety Tips
Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry.
Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.
Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.
Fireplace Safety Tips
Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe.
Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
Repair any cracks in fireplaces.
Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and fire debris inside the fireplace.
Do not every use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace.
Never leave a fire unattended.
Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace.
For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season.
Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them.
There is nothing more important than the safety of your family. Everyone in your home needs to know how to behave responsibly to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a fire. However, because fires can start at any time without warning, it is also very important that the members of your household know how to react in the event of a fire. It's a good idea to review fire prevention and safety tips with your family every fall, and several other times throughout the year.
The Importance of House Numbers for Emergency Vehicles
In the case of an emergency being able to have the Police Department, Emergency Medical Service (E.M.S.) and the Fire Department find your house quickly is important. If you have no house numbers either on your mailbox or on your house, critical time is lost.
A difference in minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Fire fighters are equipped with many tools to help improve their arrival time. One of these tools is a maps & GPS of their designated area(s). However, house numbers are imperative for a quick reference. The more camouflaged the harder it is to find the numbers, the longer it will take emergency personnel to arrive at the scene. So you may be wondering, what are some of the requirements for house numbers? How small is too small? What about colors? According to the Live Safe Foundation, here are some of the basic requirements:
Must be Arabic numerals. Fancy numbers or numbers that are spelled out may be aesthetically pleasing but are very difficult to read from the street.
Need to be a minimum of four inches high and in a contrasting color to their immediate background. Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see in the day or nighttime.
Must be displayed on the front of the dwelling and visible from the street.
If the dwelling is located more than 45 feet from the front lot line, the number should be displayed on a gate post, fence, mailbox, or other appropriate place that will make it visible from the street from all directions when approaching from the street.
Cannot be obstructed by shrubs, trees, decorations, etc.
For more information regarding specifics of New Fairfields requirements, you can refer to the town building code ordinance in the Manner of Numbering and System section and also the Address Numbers section.
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