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Fire Safety

The River Vale Volunteer Fire Department is providing this section as an important resource to the community. Fire Safety is an important subject and we will be updating this information on an ongoing basis.

Close Before You Doze

You may feel that it is safer to leave bedroom doors open in the middle of the night because it makes evacuating your house easier, but it actually allows smoke and fire to rapidly spread. Doors, even hollow bedroom doors, can hold back an incredible amount of smoke and fire. In the event of a bedroom fire, it is best to close the door and evacuate the home. This will keep the fire in one place longer and give you and your family more time to evacuate. Check out this video, publish by Underwriters Labratories (UL) to see for yourself.

Carbon Monoxide

Each year in America, more than 150 people die from accidental non-fire related CO poisoning associated with consumer products. These products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces. Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

Exposing an Invisible Killer: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Portable Generator Hazards


Smoke Detectors

Please make sure you have at least one smoke detector per floor and best to have one outside of the bedrooms.  Batteries should be checked each year.  We suggest a reminder such as Fire Prevention week to make sure you have fresh batteries in all smoke detectors

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