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Aug 22 2014

Stay Safe With Gas This Summer

  By Chad A. Kelly for The Island Connection Many of us use flammable gases, such as propane and natural gas, for various purposes in and around our homes such as heating, cooking, water, etc. We all love a good cookout during the summer, however, many of us take for granted that the system is …

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Aug 01 2014

St John’s Fire Department Gets New Digs

  By James Ghi for The Island Connection The grand opening of St. John’s Fire District Headquarters was a huge success. The event took place July 14, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. The monthly commissioners meeting took place after the grand opening. The new headquarters building places all administrative, training and fire prevention personnel …

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Jul 26 2014

Learn About Lightning Safety

  By James Ghi for The Island Connection You have probably heard the old saying “lightning never strikes twice in the same place.” It’s a myth. The facts are that lightning can and usually does strike the same place more than once. Since lightning results from a cloud-to-ground attraction, it makes sense that those conditions …

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Jul 11 2014

New Fire Headquarters Opens July 14

  By James Ghi for The Island Connection One year after breaking ground, the new St. John’s Fire District Headquarters at 1148 Main Road will officially open on July 14, 2014. A grand opening ceremony will take place from 4 – 6 p.m. on July 14. The public is invited to stay afterwards for the …

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Mar 08 2014

How To Avoid In-Home Electrical Fire Damage

By Brandon Johnston for The Island Connection The National Fire Protection Association reports from 2007 to 2011 fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction resulted in 455 deaths, 1,518 injuries and an estimated $1.5 billion in property damage. Furthermore, the NFPA reports approximately 46 percent of electrical fires involved failures of washer or dryer units, …

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Jan 24 2014

Prepare Your Home Against Winter Fire Dangers

By James Ghi for The Island Connection The cold weather means the use of alternative heat sources and the threat of carbon monoxide from improperly operating appliances such as gas-fired water heaters. Over the past week there were two house fires in the area that were linked to the use of alternative heat sources. In …

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Jan 10 2014

It’s Not How It’s Built, It’s What’s Inside

By James T. Ghi for The Island Connection While we all know the dangers of an unwanted fire in your home, the numbers are staggering. A fire in your home can become untenable in less than three minutes. This is the amount of time you have to react and get out once a fire starts. …

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Dec 20 2013

Be Careful With Your Christmas Tree

By Chad Kelly for The Island Connection The Christmas Tree season is in full swing. Although Christmas tree fires are rare, and there is no known evidence of a Christmas tree spontaneously combusting, a dry, unkempt tree can still contribute significantly to the spread of a fire. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames …

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Dec 06 2013

Holiday Safety

By Captain Chad A. Kelly for The Island Connection The Holidays are once again upon us. What a great time of year for family and friends to get together to celebrate, special music, festivals, and beautiful decorations everywhere we look. It is a time of happiness but with all these decorations we have to exercise …

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Oct 10 2013

Where Do We Go?

By Chad Kelly We have all practiced fire drills at school or work but how often do we practice at home? For most of us it is never or rarely. Sixty-eight percent of children know how to use a smartphone but are unsure whether they know two ways out of every room of their house. …

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