Red Cross partners with firefighters to prevent deadly house fires
Teams will provide smoke alarms and education to neighbors
Posted: May 01, 2017 12:02 AM EDT
Updated: May 01, 2017 12:02 AM EDT
FAYETTEVILLE (WSYR-TV) – Some local fire departments are joining forces with the American Red Cross to reduce the number of deadly house fires.
Crews in Fayetteville, Kirkville, Manlius and Minoa have joined the program that offers home visits for families.
The partnership is the first of its kind in Central New York, providing both smoke alarms and education to neighbors.
“You reduce your risk of death by 50 percent in a fire if you have a working smoke detector. So, right there, it’s a small investment, that makes a huge impact if there was a fire,” says Fayetteville firefighter Jeffrey Jones.
For more information about Home Fire Campaign visits call 315-234-2299.
By Chris Baker | firstname.lastname@example.org
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on April 16, 2017 at 5:31 PM, updated April 17, 2017 at 7:37 AM
POMPEY, N.Y. — Multiple crews battled a major house fire in the Town of Pompey Sunday afternoon.
A two-story home at 2491 Pompey Center Road caught fire sometime before 5 p.m., prompting a response from at least four fire departments, as well as county sheriffs and multiple ambulance companies.
All residents of the house made it out safely, according to emergency dispatchers. The fire was first reported shortly before 5 p.m.
Crews on scene reported windows blowing out of the home. As of 5:30 p.m., firefighters were planning to cut a hole in the roof to battle significant flames in the attic.
Onondaga County tax records list Melissa A. Fox as the owner of the home.
The Delphi Falls Fire Department, Manlius Fire Department, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department and more are on scene. Firefighters at the site have requested tanker trucks with more water to fight the fire.
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on April 11, 2017 at 6:53 PM, updated April 11, 2017 at 7:06 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Temperatures in Central New York this week jumped above 70 degrees and firefighters have dealt with a handful of brush fires recently.
So don’t forget: New York’s open burn ban remains in effect until May 21.
The ban, which began in March, was set to end May 14, but was extended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Residential brush fires are allowed most of the year in towns with fewer than 20,000 people, but they are prohibited in spring.
When the snow melts and temperatures rise, grass and vegetation are exposed and dried, increasing the risk of wildfires, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Open burning of debris is the largest cause of wildfires in spring in the state.
Campfires that use charcoal or untreated wood are allowed. Burning garbage or leaves is prohibited all year.
The DEC said violators of the state’s open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil action and can face a minimum $500 fine on the first offense.