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April

Spring is here and the sun is shining and it's time to get outdoors and do some cleaning. Here are a few fire tips to keep in mind while performing your annual spring cleaning and planting:

 -It's always a good idea to keep a safe distance around your home free of fire fueling dry vegetation. A good rule of thumb is 30-50 feet of nice green vegetation to protect your home from any brush fires that may arise.

 -Burning old unwanted vegetation is a good way to help clean up your property if it can be done safely. Remember if you live in the city limits you need a Burn Permit before doing any open burning. Burn Permits are free and are good until December 31st. The permits also help outline some rules and precautions for safe burning. Remember, "When in doubt, put it out."

 -Another good place to give attention during spring cleaning is your roof and gutters. During fall and winter, with the leaves falling and the wind blowing, the low spots of your roof and your gutters can fill with pine needles, leaves and branches. If left unattended these small piles of debris can be a perfect spot for burning embers to fall and start your roof ablaze.

 -If you plan on planting some new shrubs this spring try not to put them too close to the house or under overhangs.  If these bushes catch fire they can act like a ladder for fire to get to your attic space and roof.  If you already have shrubs in these places try to keep them well watered and green, and trim out dry dead branches to help prevent fires.

We hope these tips are useful and help you keep fire safety in mind during this upcoming warm season.

Earlier last month, the B-shift boys assisted with an evacuation/fire drill at St. Luke’s Hospital. The drill took place on the third floor of the patient tower, so the fire boys got some good exercise carrying and dragging all of the necessary firefighting equipment up the stairs.  The drill was as much a benefit for the hospital staff as it was for the Fire Department. It’s not every day we get to use our equipment and procedures specifically designed for multi-story buildings.  Well the drill went off without a hitch and all parties involved received some good training.

Well, that's it for this month. Until next time, don't forget to wave to the guys in the BRT.