Daylight savings time begins on March 8th, this is a perfect time to check your smoke detectors!  It is important to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors at least twice a year.  If your smoke detectors are 10 years old or more, it is time to replace the detector itself.

Without a doubt, Smoke Detectors Save Lives!  This year our company received a donation of smoke detectors from 6ABC's "Operation Save A Life".  Residents of Earl and Pike Township's who are in need of new smoke detectors may pick them up at our station on Monday evenings from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, no appointment necessary.  If you are unable to install them yourself, we would be happy to do it for you!  Please stop in at the time listed above or give us a call and leave a message to schedule a time for someone to stop by.   Station Phone: (610) 369-1800

February 28, 2020

Reminders when open burning

Daylight Savings Time begins March 8th!

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Spring like temperatures have seemed to kick off an early brush fire season. While we’re all eager to get out and start our spring clean up, it’s important to remember a few things before doing any open burning.

Burn in a pit or barrel: A cement block burn pit or barrel will help control your fire, but it’s also important to clear the area around the pit or barrel of any combustibles, including leaves, twigs, ect. ect. Be sure you burn well away from any woods/tree lines and structures.

Consider the weather: A sunny day with low humidity and a light breeze can dry out leaf litter and ground cover in a matter of hours creating prime conditions for a fire to spread. Do not burn on a day with windy or even breezy conditions, a light breeze can carry embers off and drop them yards away into unsafe conditions.

Keep a garden hose or water source close and keep the size of your fire manageable: Also consider your neighbors; smoke from your controlled burn may drift towards their home and with some of these spring like days they may have a few windows open.

We have been dispatched to over a dozen brush fires in February alone and all have been started in part by some of the reasons listed above.