Epping Fire Department
Summer is finally here and it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors. Many of you work outside and Vitamin D can be a big perk but also a danger in the sweltering sun. Always hydrate with water. If you drink any type of sports drinks, it is best to cut the drink in half with water since there is a lot of sodium and sugar. Take breaks as necessary. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke if severe enough. If you employ people, please make sure to have a water jug or cooler for your employees and monitor them as well as the weather. Heat exhaustion can start with muscle cramping to nausea and feeling ill to vomiting and unconsciousness. Always move to a shaded area or air conditioned vehicle and drink lots of fluids. If symptoms are worst, call 911. Sunscreen is also recommended so you don’t get sunburn or sun poisoning.
Cookouts are a great way to celebrate the summer with family and friends, Make sure you grill away from your house or garage, never grill or use a hibachi on a deck. It is against the law to have a grill on a deck in an apartment or multi-family complex. (NFPA Uniform Fire Code 1, 2009 adopted by the State of NH). Use approved propane gas tanks and shut them off after the grill cools down.
Be careful when using fireworks and make sure that you and your family enjoy them from a distance. Never play with fireworks inside a building or structure and be aware of any local, state and federal laws. Yes, Town of Epping allows people to buy and use fireworks.
Pool and water Safety
Summer time is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. A favorite of mine is going to a local beach or to my family camp in Ossipee by the lake. Always watch young children and other people, as the water is nice but things can change at a moment’s notice. Teach your kids to swim, get them swimming lessons. I unfortunately had to learn on my own and wish my parents had sent me (and my brother) for lessons. Use approved types of personal floatation devices (PFD’s) for you and your kids. I also recommend them while boating. Most drownings could have been prevented if the person wore a PFD. Keep an eye out and call 911 if you suspect someone is in distress or notify a lifeguard if there’s one on site.
Safety in places of Assembly
Whether you’re at church, a concert venue, the movies, a hotel or at the local grocery store, always be aware of all the exits in the building in the event of an emergency. Human nature is to go out the same way people come in. Most places have a minimum of 2 exits for building and fire codes. These days it’s good to know, not only for fires but for other events, active shooter and other incidents. Unfortunately we now live in a time where we have to think of the unthinkable to survive. We always train and prepare, hoping it never happens here. But it could! If you’re with your family, communicate a plan and have a meeting point, the same as if you’re home and a fire occurs. Always stay calm and move safely to the nearest exit.
Department operations: Water supply
Towns and cities have many ways to get water to a fire. Some cities and towns have hydrants or combinations of hydrants, dry hydrants, cisterns and tanker trucks. Epping has a combination of all of these due to the layout of the town. Epping does have hydrants in about a third of the town. There are several dry hydrants that have been established. With many ponds that were established from the brickyards and farms of yesteryear, Epping does have a small advantage in parts (not all) of the town. The town has been working with an engineer to start adding more dry hydrants in the area. What does dry mean? The pipe is dry from the connection to the pond. Cisterns are a new way to establish a water supply in a development. Cisterns can vary in size and be placed almost anywhere, a dry hydrant is a body of water that has to be measured. Most cisterns also don’t require the hoops and paperwork from Dept. of Environmental Services. All have a cost and pros and cons. It does cost more money for a cistern but a cistern is cheaper that a tanker truck. All have to be maintained whether it is a truck, dry pond, hydrant, etc. A cistern is like having 10 or so tanker trucks in one spot throughout the town. (Judging on a 30,000 gallon cistern). Some parts of the town have little to no water supply and we have had to go for miles to truck water to the scene of a fire. A cistern would establish a local and closer water supply. I have sent an ordinance to the planning board to establish better water supply for the town with a public meeting on July 11th. Epping does have a tanker truck with 3000 gallons. This is Engine 3 out of central station and is the second truck to respond to a fire or the mutual aid piece. Bottom line is water and personnel are the main things that put out fires.
Burn Permits are required for all outside burning. Permits will be issued at the fire station seven days a week, 6:00 am-6:00 pm. Permits Will Not be issued when fire danger is class 3 or above. If you have any questions contact the Fire Department at 679-5446. For Daily Fire Danger and an explanation of the different danger levels, please follow the link http://www.nhdfl.org/fire-control-and-law-enforcement/daily-fire-danger.aspx.
If you have any questions contact the Fire Department at 679-5446.
Always know that we are here for you, just a phone call away!
Hydrate, Wear sunscreen! Be vigilant! Be safe and enjoy the summer with family and friends!
Lieutenant Paul St Cyr
Fire Prevention Officer and 9-11 Liaison.
Friends of the Epping Fire and Brick Museum
We took a break during the colder weeks of winter but now back to work. One fundraiser we have is our T-shirt sale. T-shirts will cost $18.00 for sizes small to xlarge, sizes XX or XXX will be $20.00. Cash or check.
If you would like one, please stop at the Historical Society on Water Street which is open on Monday mornings and by request. Donations may be dropped off or mailed to The Epping Fire and Brick Museum, 37 Pleasant Street, Epping NH 03042. We will have a Friends of the Museum display, so if you donate you will be recognized. For more information, please contact Cliff Cray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 396-9436.
Submitted by Cliff Cray