Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 31, 2013
Castine firefighters offer safety tips
Change your clock, CHANGE YOUR BATTERY! Castine Fire Rescue Department would like to remind all residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend, the department advised in a news release. Changing smoke alarm batteries at least twice per year and testing them monthly is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce the risk of injury or death in a fire. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire. Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every 10 years. Another important fire safety recommendation is to have your chimney and furnace cleaned once each year.
How old are your washing machine water supply hoses? Burst hoses can spell big, costly trouble. If you are still using rubber hoses, we recommend replacing them with woven metal encased “no-burst” hoses that will prevent weak spots in the rubber from developing into leaks. These hoses are available at home centers for relatively low cost, and installing them is as easy as connecting a garden hose.
Is your house number clearly visible from the road during all weather conditions and seasons? Is your private road properly marked with a road sign? If not, emergency service responders may have trouble finding you during an emergency. Please contact the town office for assistance in obtaining a reflective house number or street sign. Help us help you!