Thanksgiving Home Cooking Safety Reminders!

November 22nd, 2017

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.

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.

Holiday Craft Show coming next weekend!

November 12th, 2017

We are just ONE WEEK away from our Holiday Craft Show held at our station.   We hope to see everyone out to grab those awesome gifts for Christmas!!!!

Veteran’s Day

November 12th, 2017

From all of us at Upper Allen Fire Department, we want to wish all our Veterans a Happy Veteran’s Day. We would not be here today if it wasn’t for all our Veterans serving this great Country we call home. Thank you to all that has served.

Reminder to about time change tonight….change your batteries!!!

November 4th, 2017

The Upper Allen Fire Department (UAFD) wants to remind citizens to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms when you reset your clocks as Daylight Saving Time ends and begins.

The UAFD urges residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors in their home.

A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds. The sound of the alarm will give you and your family those few extra seconds to get out and stay out of your home. Checking your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm and changing the battery are one of the simplest things you can do to protect your family.

When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing.

Smoke is usually what kills fire victims, not the fire, because the smoke puts you in a deeper sleep and without the sound of the smoke alarm, you succumb to the smoke as you breathe it in.

State law requires apartment owners to ensure that apartment units have working smoke detectors in them before they are occupied. Apartment residents are responsible for changing the batteries in those smoke detectors.

The UAFD also encourages everyone who has a carbon monoxide alarm to change the batteries in them as well.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can kill you before you are even aware it is in your house. It causes side effects such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, disorientation and fatigue that are often mistaken for the flu. These effects can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and length of exposure.

The UAFD recommends purchasing a carbon monoxide detector if you use gas or a fireplace for your heating; have your furnace professionally inspected every year and check for carbon monoxide emissions and install a carbon monoxide detector in the hallway near every separate sleeping area of the home.

When your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, ventilate the house with fresh air by opening windows and doors. Check your carbon monoxide detector by every month pressing the test button and replace the detector every 5 years.

The UAFD also reminds citizens to have an evacuation plan in place so once you are alerted by the smoke detector; you know how to get out and stay out.

It’s important that everyone not only have an escape plan, but that they know it and know where to meet if they should need to get out of their burning home.

Annual Fall Craft Show at Upper Allen Fire Department

October 30th, 2017

Annual Fall Craft Show at Upper Allen Fire Department. 50+ vendors, food and door prizes. The date is Saturday, November 18th from 9am till 3pm being held in the fire station at 104 Gettysburg Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. 

This event is always something to come and get those special gifts and crafts for holidays.  Each year this event is sold out and don’t miss this opportunity to shop till you drop!