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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.
When it comes time to actually start a fire, there are a few things to keep in mind, the most important of which is to keep your fire small. There's no need for a blazing bonfire, and the bigger the fire, the greater the potential for disaster.
First things first, your fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface. Before lighting an outdoor fire, check the weather forecast. Avoid windy conditions that can blow embers. Also stay up to date on any burn bans or burn ordinances that might be in effect at different times during the year. Doing some house cleaning, like picking up leaves and other combustible materials, around the pit is important to ensure the fire doesn't accidentally spread. Always have a container of water nearby and a garden hose on standby before starting the fire.
The best way to extinguish a fire is to take the ashes, spread them over a larger surface area and let them cool down for a little bit. Then take your small container of water and gently pour it over the ashes, but monitor it. Don't just throw some water on it and go to bed because it can flare up in the night. If you have a fire that escapes your fire pit and moves into a nearby pile of kindling or a combustible surface, immediately call 911.
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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