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DURING COLD WEATHER – BE FIRE SAFE

snow-clip-art-4During cold weather, the risk for home fires can increase. To avoid fire danger, you should remember the following:

  • NEVER use a stove or oven to heat the home.
  • If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep it at least THREE (3) FEET away from anything that can burn, such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
  • If using a fireplace, keep the screen or doors closed to catch sparks and rolling logs. Make sure burning embers are out before going to bed.
  • Maintain and operate portable generators in accordance with the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
  • Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. The smoke from a running generator contains carbon monoxide and needs to be properly ventilated.

See attached safety sheets on carbon monoxide and portable generator safety.

Carbon Monoxide safety tips

Generator safety tips

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NEW YEAR – RESOLVE TO BE SAFER

Happy New YearLooking for a New Year’s resolution that can benefit you and your family? Rose Tree Fire Company encourages all residents to include a few fire safety resolutions. Consider the following:

• Regularly check your home for fire hazards.

• Practice safe cooking behaviors; such as not leaving the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop.

• Install, TEST and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of your home.

• Develop an emergency plan. Make sure everyone knows how to get outside quickly and pick a location for everyone to meet once outside. Having a plan and practicing it can save your life!

For more fire safety tips and ways to avoid fire hazards, please visit: www.nfpa.org/safety-information

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RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – MONDAY 1/5/2015

The American Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive on January 5, 2015 at our station – 1275 Nred-cross. Providence Road, Media PA 19063. This drive is being held in memory of Rocky, a founding member of Rose Tree Fire Company, who coordinated many of the previous blood drives at our station.

The Blood Drive will be held from 2:00pm – 7:00pm. Appointments are preferred. For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org. Enter Sponsor Code: Rose Tree Fire.

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

santa-clipartMembers of the Rose Tree Fire Company are scheduled to escort Santa Claus through Upper Providence Township again this year. The tentative schedule (weather and emergency calls permitting) will be:

Saturday Dec 13th 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Zone 4 – All streets south of Baltimore Pike and also all streets off Farnum Rd. and Meetinghouse Rd.

Saturday Dec 13th 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Zone 1 – All streets in the area of East Rose Tree Rd., Berry Lane, Paxon Hollow Rd., Dog Kennel Rd., Palmers Mill Rd. and Mansion Dr.

Saturday Dec 13th   5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Zone 3 – All streets / neighborhoods that are south of US 1 and East of N. Providence Rd. including First Ave., Sandybank Rd., Valley View Rd., Summit Rd., Rose Tree Estates, State Rd., Winter St., Summer St., and Over Hill Circle.

Sunday Dec 14th 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Zone 5 – All streets North of Rose Tree Park and North of West Rose Tree Rd.

Sunday Dec 14th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Zone 2 – All Streets and neighborhoods that are West of N. Providence Rd. and south of West Rose Tree Rd.2014 Candy Cane Route_Rose Tree Fire Co

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HOLIDAY AND EVERYDAY COOKING SAFETY

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

What you should know:

  • Be attentive! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the oven or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire:

  • Get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Also, the National Fire Protection Association DISCOURAGES the use of outdoor gas-fuel turkey fryer that immerse the turkey in hot oil. See link for more details:

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking/safety-with-cooking-equipment/turkey-fryers

For more thanksgiving safety tips:  

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/thanksgiving-safety

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HALLOWEEN SAFETY

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October 31, 2014 – Halloween is one of the most thrilling nights of the year for children, and also one of the most dangerous. See the attached flyers for some simple safety tips to help avoid injury while trick-or- treating.

Also, don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday as we “fall back” and set clocks back one hour. This is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detector and test them to make sure they are working properly.  A working smoke detector can save your life!

For more information on Halloween Safety and smoke detectors, click the following links:

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/halloween-safety

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Halloween Safety Tips NFPA (Flyer)

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms

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DELAWARE COUNTY RUN FOR HERO’S

October 12, 2014 – Rose Tree Engine 73 was on location in Springfield, Pa. for the 14th Annual Delaware County Run for Hero’s. This 5K run/walk event benefits the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund, a fund set in place to provide scholarships for children of Police, Fire and EMS personnel in Delaware County that died in the line of duty. Five members of Rose Tree Fire Company participated. Two ran, 1 walked, and two were there to cheer us on. Great job guys!

http://www.delcorunforheroes.com/

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OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH

October 01, 2014 – October serves as National Fire Prevention Month to remind everyone about the importance of fire safety and prevention. Fires in the homes can start in an instant and spread in SECONDS! Knowing how to prevent fires can save your property, and knowing what to do if a fire occurs, can save your life!

Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. Test the alarms monthly to ensure they are working. Most detectors have a “test” button for this purpose. The batteries should be replaced once a year, lithium batteries will last longer. It is a good practice to replace the entire detector unit every 10 years.

Fact:  Working smoke detectors can increase your chance of surviving a house fire by 50%!

For more information on fire statistics and fire safety, check out the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website at www.nfpa.org. Another valuable resource is the U.S. Fire Administration. The USFA is the lead federal agency for collecting fire data and providing public fire education.

To learn more about smoke alarms, click this link:

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarams/alarams/index.shtm

Upper Providence residents are also reminded to create and practice a home escape plan. Escape plans are especially vital for young children and older adults because they are at higher risk of dying in a house fire and often need assistance. Be prepared – Have a plan and practice your plan.

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NEVER FORGET 9/11/01

September 11, 2014 – September 11th is a significant date in our nation’s history, as it marks the anniversary of the devastating terrorists attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In remembrance of this day, Rose Tree Fire Company will be displaying our Nation’s flag to be seen by all who pass the station. God bless to all those who lost their lives and the brave heroes that responded to the emergency. We will never forget.
Sept 11 RTFC 2014    Sept 11 RTFC 2014_2

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STATION EXPANSION

As you might have already noticed, there is a lot of activity happening around our building. A few weeks ago, we broke ground for a new two-bay addition. Construction is well underway with the footers and foundation walls already completed. Steel beams have been installed to prepare for the bay openings, and the roof trusses are on their way.

Although construction timelines sometimes change as projects move along, we hope to be operating out of our newly expanded station before the end of 2014.   In the meantime, check back with us often for more updates and pictures of the progress of the project!

RTFC Construction 5 Station Expansion 1   Station Expansion 2 Station Expansion 4

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