Fire prevention week was Oct. 3 to Oct. 9 and this year's slogan was "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You
Can Live With!" Over the course of the week, members of the Skaneateles Fire Department conducted fire prevention activities at Waterman Elementary School, State Street Intermediate School and the local daycare centers throughout the community. The firefighters enjoyed teaching the local school children various activities related to fire safety including: firefighter identification, stop drop & roll, how to dial 911, home escape routes and the importance of smoke detectors in the home. The week's activities culminated with the fire department's
annual open house on Friday October 8th. Local residents enjoyed an action pack evening which included rides in the bucket of the ladder truck, an automobile extrication demonstration, the New York State Masonic Child ID Program (nychip.org) and of course the cider and donuts provided by the Skaneateles Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
For the month of September, the members of the Skaneateles Fire Department responded to a total of 35 calls bringing the yearly total to 246 calls thus far.
As the leaves and temperatures continue to fall, the Skaneateles Fire Department would like to remind the residents of the Skaneateles Fire District to make sure to have your home's furnace and chimney inspected prior to the beginning of the winter heating season. There are numerous hazards associated with the use of these heating appliance including: Carbon Monoxide poisoning, creosote buildup within the flu, the collection of debris or animals within the chimney itself or even cracks in the liner of the chimney. All of these situations
could have catastrophic outcomes including chimney fires, structure fires or even severe injury and death.
So remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms on Nov. 7 when you set your clock back one hour due to daylight savings time.
The Skaneateles Fire Department...Serving the Skaneateles Community with Pride, Commitment and Dedication since 1833.
Dan Evans is the first assistant fire chief