Thanksgiving is next week. Let's make it fire safe by sharing the following safety messages.

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As you plan your Thanksgiving menu don’t forget about fire safety. 

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. So, let’s add a pinch of fire safety to the menu.

Keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal.

Turkey:

If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football. 

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If you are frying your turkey:

  • Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated. 
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter. 
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard. 
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer. 
  • Also, always use the fryer outdoors. 
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Stuffing and Potatoes:

Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.

Vegetables:

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  • Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn. 
  • Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen. 
  • Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire. 
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

By following these safety tips, you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving. Let the firefighters have dinner with their families, not yours.

 

 

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

Kidde plastic handle fire extinguishers

Name of product: Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles

Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Use this link to see if your extinguisher has been recalled. 


Remedy: Replace

Recall date: November 2, 2017

Recall number: 18-022

Buffalo Wild Wings - Spirit Night Fundraiser

On September 27th from. 6pm-9pm, Buffalo Wild Wings of Owings Mills will be hosting a 

Spirit Night fundraiser for OMVFCo.  On the night of the event, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 15% of all pre-taxed food sales (less alcohol) from any Guest that presents this fundraising ticket (ticket must be presented).

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Owings Mills VFC Spirit Night 

DATE: 09/27/2017TIME: 6-9

Buffalo Wild Wings Owings Mills 

Boneless Night .65 cents each Ranch/Bleu/celery/Carrots .60 cents each  

Ticket good for Dine-in or Carryout.

Door-to-Door Fundraising Effort Underway in Owings Mills

Representatives from OMVFCo are currently going door-to-door in the Owings Mills community asking for donations.  This fundraising effort started approximately 3 weeks ago, and should last for another 2-3 weeks.  Representatives asking for donations should have a photo ID and wear a fire station shirt, identifying them as being a part of OMVFCo.  

If you have any concerns or issues, please call the station at 410-363-1933.

Below is a list of our representatives.  They should be carrying an ID card similar to what is pictured.

3 Working Fires and an Auto Fire in 24 Hours

The last 24 hours have been extremely busy for the members of OMVFCo.  The first fire was dispatched on March 7th around 11:30pm as a dwelling fire in Garrison.  Units found and extinguished a vehicle that was on fire next to a house.  After clearing that fire, Truck 313 was alerted for a second alarm fire in Lutherville.  T313's crew first assumed RIT, and then was assigned to  roof operations and assisted with ventilation.

Just after 2:30pm on March 8th, units from OMVFCO were alerted for a dwelling fire in Chestnut Ridge VFC's district.  And after that fire, unites were alerted for a second fire in Station 50's area.

In total, our crews were on active fire scene's for more then 8 hours today.

Reisterstown Dwelling Fire

Around 2045 hours on February 10, 2017, stations in the northwest corridor were alerted for a dwelling fire on Austin road in Reisterstown. This call brought units from Franklin (station 56), Reisterstown VFC (station 41) and Owings mills VFC (station 31). First arriving units found smoke showing and an active kitchen fire. Engine 312 and Truck 313 (both from OMVFCO) assumed duties of ventilation and laddering the dwelling. The fire was quickly extinguished and units operated approximately 45 minutes before returning to service.

UPDATE: Santa Claus Schedule

We wanted to keep everyone updated on Santa's schedule.  At the current time, we are down to one piece of fire apparatus.  Between running emergency calls, selling Christmas trees, and the weather, our volunteers are finding it challenging to tour all of Owings Mills with Santa on one fire engine.  We are doing our best to reach all of the areas in our given time frame.  We do not want to be out too late so that we don't wake up kids with our loud sirens.

We will keep you updated of any changes.  But, your best notification may just be listening for loud circling sirens in your neighborhood between 6pm-830pm.