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Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
What you should know:
- Be attentive! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the oven or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire:
- Get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Also, the National Fire Protection Association DISCOURAGES the use of outdoor gas-fuel turkey fryer that immerse the turkey in hot oil. See link for more details:
For more thanksgiving safety tips:
October 31, 2014 – Halloween is one of the most thrilling nights of the year for children, and also one of the most dangerous. See the attached flyers for some simple safety tips to help avoid injury while trick-or- treating.
Also, don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday as we “fall back” and set clocks back one hour. This is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detector and test them to make sure they are working properly. A working smoke detector can save your life!
For more information on Halloween Safety and smoke detectors, click the following links:
October 12, 2014 – Rose Tree Engine 73 was on location in Springfield, Pa. for the 14th Annual Delaware County Run for Hero’s. This 5K run/walk event benefits the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund, a fund set in place to provide scholarships for children of Police, Fire and EMS personnel in Delaware County that died in the line of duty. Five members of Rose Tree Fire Company participated. Two ran, 1 walked, and two were there to cheer us on. Great job guys!
October 01, 2014 – October serves as National Fire Prevention Month to remind everyone about the importance of fire safety and prevention. Fires in the homes can start in an instant and spread in SECONDS! Knowing how to prevent fires can save your property, and knowing what to do if a fire occurs, can save your life!
Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. Test the alarms monthly to ensure they are working. Most detectors have a “test” button for this purpose. The batteries should be replaced once a year, lithium batteries will last longer. It is a good practice to replace the entire detector unit every 10 years.
Fact: Working smoke detectors can increase your chance of surviving a house fire by 50%!
For more information on fire statistics and fire safety, check out the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website at www.nfpa.org. Another valuable resource is the U.S. Fire Administration. The USFA is the lead federal agency for collecting fire data and providing public fire education.
To learn more about smoke alarms, click this link:
Upper Providence residents are also reminded to create and practice a home escape plan. Escape plans are especially vital for young children and older adults because they are at higher risk of dying in a house fire and often need assistance. Be prepared – Have a plan and practice your plan.
September 11, 2014 – September 11th is a significant date in our nation’s history, as it marks the anniversary of the devastating terrorists attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In remembrance of this day, Rose Tree Fire Company will be displaying our Nation’s flag to be seen by all who pass the station. God bless to all those who lost their lives and the brave heroes that responded to the emergency. We will never forget.
As you might have already noticed, there is a lot of activity happening around our building. A few weeks ago, we broke ground for a new two-bay addition. Construction is well underway with the footers and foundation walls already completed. Steel beams have been installed to prepare for the bay openings, and the roof trusses are on their way.
Although construction timelines sometimes change as projects move along, we hope to be operating out of our newly expanded station before the end of 2014. In the meantime, check back with us often for more updates and pictures of the progress of the project!
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - The fire company sincerely regrets to announce the death of past Chief Robert Burnett, Sr. Robert passed away on June 29th. He was a life member of the Rose Tree Fire Company and was a past Chief. He also previously owned a daycare center at his home. Robert’s second home was on the Chesapeake where he loved to boat, fish and crab. He was pre-deceased by his wife Christine and step son John Forte. Survivors: Sons Robert W. Burnett Jr. of Oxford (Past Assistant Chief at RTFC) and James T. Burnett of Marmora, NJ. (Past Firefighter at RTFC). Sisters Jean Limburg and Judy Hause. Step son Jamie Forte of Fort Worth, TX. Also survived by 10 Grandchildren. www.jnelsonrigbyfh.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2590751&fh_id=12567
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - At about 19:30 Rose Tree Fire Company was dispatched to the area of State Rd. and US 1 for a vehicle fire.
Chief 73-9 (Brown) arrived and reported a car well involved.
Engine 73 arrived and led off with a 1 3/4″ attack line and attacked the fire from a safe distance. They later pulled a 1 3/4″ line with a one inch piercing nozzle to extinguish the fire under the hood.
Rescue 73 arrived and assisted with overhaul.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 – At 03:01 Rose Tree Fire Company was dispatched to the 600 block of Summer Street for a building fire. Also due were Co. 23 (Media), Tower 44 (Springfield) and RIT 53 (Broomall), along with Medic 237 (Riddle Hospital and Media Fire Co.).
Chief 73-9A (Trevelino) was first on location and reported a 1 1/2 story single family dwelling well involved, with a 3 story wood frame exposure becoming involved. Chief 73-9 (Brown) requested a Second alarm which brought Truck 41 (Newtown Square), Engine 51 (South Media) and Rescue 52 (Brookhaven) along with Medic 104-7D (Riddle Hospital). Chief 73-9 established Summer Street Command.
Quint 73 arrived and placed a 2 1/2″ line in service on the primary fire building while Squrt 23 laid a 5″ supply line to feed Quint 73. The Squrt crew pulled a 1 3/4″ line off Quint 73 for exposure protection.
Engine 73 laid a second 5″ supply line and their crew was assigned to the exposure building while Squrt 23′s crew was redirected to the original fire building.
Tower 44 was assigned the roof and outside ventilation along with Truck 41. Chief 44-9B was assigned the Sector C division (rear of the building).
Crews from Rescue 52 and Engine 51 assisted with interior operations.
RIT 53 set up in front of the building.
Another challange that the crews were faced with was a downed electric line in the front yard of the original fire building. PECO (local electric company) was called to secure the power line.
The scene was under control in about 1 1/2 hours.
(Photo’s taken by Frank Wesnoski)