There are a lot of preventable house fires every winter, and here are some tips to make sure you home does not become a statistic.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Josh Gray
Monday, December 17, 2012
Marlborough Patch spoke with Deputy Fire Chief Ron Ayotte about the best ways to prevent home fires in the winter months. 1. Maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The average lifespan of a detector is years. Newer constructions have systems hardwired, but prior to 1985 you are likely to have battery operated units. 2. Be very careful with the use of extension cords. 3. Maintain your heating system. This includes fireplaces, wood and pellet stoves. These should be cleaned and inspected for debris, soot, etc. 4. Be careful of your Christmas trees. Make sure to keep it watered and don't overload your outlets with lights. 5. Keep items away from heaters, radiators, vents, etc. Space heaters need at least three feet of clearance …
Deputy Chief Ron Ayotte of the Marlborough Fire Department asks residents to help keep hydrants clear and ready to use during the winter months.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Ron Ayotte
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Editor's note: While we haven't had much snow so far this season, the Marlborough Fire Department could always use a little extra help should a need arise. Adopt a Marlborough fire hydrant today! Fire Hydrants… they are things that nobody really thinks about except when they are parking their car or taking their dogs out for a walk. The fact is through there are over 1500 municipal fire hydrants and a few hundred private fire hydrants located throughout the City's 22 square miles. For the men and women of the Marlborough Fire Department, locating these hydrants isn't a problem during the spring, summer and fall months. In the winter, locating them is rather easy, too, as they have hydrant markers attached to show their locations. The …