Paper Sky Lanterns, or “Chinese Lanterns”, as they are commonly known, are as dangerous as they are beautiful. They can go awry and start brush fires, or worse, land on someone’s roof and start a deadly house fire. Most people don’t realize they are, in fact, illegal in the State of Connecticut. These are statutes that the West Haven Fire Dept does not ignore. Stay legal, stay safe, do not launch paper lanterns.
Print and review this Guide To Emergency Preparedness, published by the State of Connecticut.
Guide To Emergency Preparedness
Wear a helmet while biking, and skating. Especially at the skate park on Beach St. If Tony Hawk and Dave Mirra wear helmets, you should too.
Wear protective gear on motorcycles. Every Firefighter and Paramedic has seen it save lives and reduce injury. Trust us, it’s worth it.
Boat smart. Bring and wear life jackets. Tell someone on shore where you are going and when to expect you home.
Grill safely. You should keep all grills OFF decks and porches, and away from your house. If you live in an apartment, IT’S THE LAW.
The West Haven Fire Dept wants to wish you a fun, cool, and safe summer.
We have recently replaced 2 aging Pierce fire engines with 2 new HME Spectre engines. These employ all the important safety and technological advancements made in the last 15 years. These engines have built in generators to provide electricity on demand at scenes. Each has an inline foam system for extra fire suppression at the flip of a switch. The water pump employs an automatic pressure governor which increases safety of the hose teams and decreases demand on the pump operator. The engines are equipped with a full compliment of safety features as well including 360 degree cameras for driver visibility, redundant passenger restraint systems, side curtain air bags, and wireless headset communication systems. Each engine carries 880 gallons of water with a 1250 gallon per minute Hale pump. Stainless steel piping and waterways will reduce maintenance cost. E21 from headquarters is spec'd as a paramedic engine and carries personnel and equipment to handle the most urgent medical emergencies. It carries the "Jaws-of-Life" and other equipment for rescues. E25 on Meloy Road carries first response medical equipment will quickly be first at any incident on that side of the district.
Smoke detectors save lives. We see it happen.
It is a good practice to change the batteries in your smoke detector when you change your clocks. Spring and Fall.
Carbon Monoxide detectors are just as important. Carbon Monoxide is imposible to detect with your senses, and it can kill you.
Call any of your local West Haven Fire Departments to have an appointment made to have free smoke and CO detectors installed, and have a free home safety inspection done.
—The burning of brush or rubbish is prohibited in the city.
—Fire pits are allowed, but must be covered with a tight screen that will catch and arrest sparks. Be courteous to your neighbors and mindful of where the smoke is going.
—Fire pits that result in multiple complaints of smoke, become “nuisance fires” and will be ordered extinguished, even if they are legal.
To report smoke or fire.
If you smell gas.
To report a large spill of hazardous materials.
To report a car accident.
To get help with a medical emergency.
If you need the police.
Any other possible threat to the safety of people or property.
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