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OVFD: Avoid Dangers That Accompany Summer Fun

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Jul 042019
 

Summer activities peak during July. Everyone, for instance, loves food cooked on an outside grill. And although Independence Day is over, others celebrate summer with fireworks.

“These common activities are lots of fun, but can create hazards,” said the Orange Fire Chief. “But a little caution will keep things safe.”

Fireworks

Fireworks are responsible for about 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The celebratory explosives also are responsible for about three deaths and $43 million in property damage each year. In 2017, almost 13,000 people were seen in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. More a third of those were under 15 years old.

“Fireworks are inherently dangerous,” the chief said. “That’s one reason they’re illegal in Connecticut for non-professional, non-licensed consumers. We recommend you don’t use consumer fireworks. If you want to see fireworks, go to a professional display.”

While sparklers and fountains are legal, he said they’re just as dangerous as exploding fireworks.

“Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees,” he said. “To put that in perspective, wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees. Would you want your child to hold on to a piece of burning wood?”

Sparklers account for one-quarter of emergency department fireworks-related visits, according to the NFPA, the chief said. More information is available at the NFPA website.

Grilling

“I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t have some sort of grill, hibachi or other outside cooking areas,” said the chief.  “They make great food. But like anything else that operates at high temperatures, you’ve got to be careful.”

Unfortunately, he added, not everyone is.  Nationally, grills cause an average of 10,200 home fires a year, including 4,500 structure fires and $123 million in property damage. Grill-related fires cause 10 deaths and 160 injuries each year across the United States.

“It’s important to remember is that these devices are designed to be used outdoors, well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves or branches,” he said. “The grill shouldn’t be unattended, and kids and pets should be kept at least three feet away.”

He also recommended starting and ending grilling carefully. For instance, never add gasoline or lighter fluid to “speed up” your coals. And let the coals completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container.

For propane grills, the gas tank hose should be checked for leaks at the beginning of the year.  If you smell gas, shut off your grill and have it serviced by a professional. If the flame goes out, turn off the grill and the gas and wait at least five minutes before relighting. If you smell gas after you’ve had it serviced or turned it off, call the fire department.

“July is the peak month for grill fires,” said the chief. “Roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. Either one can ruin a great cookout.”

More information about grilling safety is available on the NFPA website.

“Summer should be a time for lots of fun,” he said. “Being careful around grills and seeing fireworks displays performed by professionals are two important steps anyone can take to keep things fun while avoiding injuries and property damage.”

Those with questions can call the Orange Volunteer Fire Department at 203-891-4703.

About Orange Volunteer Fire Association

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association provides fire protection residents and businesses in Orange and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. Members receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues, and other emergency services.

Operating strictly with revenues from fund-raisers and donations, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is one of the remaining few all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in Connecticut. Active members are on-call to serve the community on a 24-hour/seven-day basis, responding from stations on Orange Center Road and Boston Post Road.

In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, and training. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (203) 891-4703,  click on https://www.orangevfd.org/ or find us on Facebook.

Multi-Car Accident On Route 34 Leads To Several Injuries

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Aug 292018
 

On Thursday, August 23 at 4:12 p.m., Orange Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 34 in the area between Racebrook and Orange Center roads.

According to the report, the Derby Police Department attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in their town, but the vehicle did not stop. Derby officers continued behind the vehicle into Orange, where the vehicle became involved in a number of collisions with other motorists.

It appears that at least six vehicles were involved in the collision, with four suffering disabling damage. No police vehicles were involved in any collision.

Several people were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the stolen vehicle was taken into custody. Three passengers fled the scene and were taken into custody shortly thereafter as a result of the Derby, Woodbridge, Orange, Milford, East Haven, and West Haven Police Departments working together. The Orange Volunteer Fire Department also was on scene making it safe for officers and the traveling public.

All suspects appear to be juveniles; no information can be released regarding their identities at this time.

Orange Volunteer Fire Department Call On Sunday Evening

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Aug 122018
 

OVFD units responded to New Haven Avenue at 7 p.m. on a report of burning power lines down in the road.

They asked that drivers avoid this area as the road was completely shut down during the emergency.

Orange Responds To Fatal Accident On Route 15

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Jun 052017
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department was called to an accident scene on the Wilbur Cross Parkway near Exit 59 Northbound at 7:15 a.m.

According to reports, a driver was killed after he lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree on the Parkway in Woodbridge (about a mile before the tunnel).

Four Alarm Fire at JCC Prompts Response from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge — Two Firefighters Injured

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Dec 052016
 

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-10-48-35-pmAt least 150, and up to 300 people were inside the JCC of Greater New Haven on Amity Road in Woodbridge when a fire broke out in a sauna on the lower floor around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.

Everyone was evacuated when local police and firefighters from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge rushed there in response to the four-alarm fire.

Children and babies from the daycare center inside, along with members who were swimming when the fire broke out (and evacuated wearing only their bathing suits) were brought next door to the Brookdale Woodbridge Senior Living Facility where they could be safe and warm.

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-10-47-36-pmTwo firefighters were transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide exposure. At least one was released and is now resting at home. He assured Orange Live that his is “fine.”

Ambulances remain on the scene just in case they are needed.

The tri-town Amity fire departments often work together on drills so when emergencies like this occur, they all work well together.

Route 63 was closed for several hours (a fire hose was hooked to a hydrant near Bond Road and ran up the long driveway to the facility).

The JCC will definitely be closed on Tuesday as there was a lot of smoke and water damage. If you are a member, or have business there, check the JCC website for up to the minute details.

UPDATE: Abate’s Pizza Will Be Closed For A While After Fire

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Apr 212016
 

IMG_0388Original brief: 10:15 a.m. The Orange Fire Department is on scene of a structure fire at 106 Boston Post Road (Staples/Abate’s Pizza).

West Haven is en route.

UPDATE: Fire Marshal Tim Smith said the fire started in the kitchen of Abate’s Pizza and made its way up to the exhaust and ceiling tiles to the roof.

There is a fair amount of fire damage to Abate’s and “some” smoke damage to other businesses but nothing major.

Town building officials have closed the restaurant until repairs are made and the building is re-inspected.

Smith said the cause of the fire is still undetermined.

Adopt A Fire Hydrant: The Home You Help Save Could Be Yours

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Jan 252015
 

Screen shot 2013-11-25 at 6.24.19 PMFeel the chill in the air? Winter is here, so it’s time to adopt a fire hydrant.

In the event of an emergency, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department will need to access all local fire hydrants for water.

But if they are covered in snow, the firefighters would have to clear it themselves, taking up valuable time and possibly cause a delay in putting out a fire — no one wants that to happen.

Some town residents already have signed up for the “Adopt A Hydrant” program at the Orange Country Fair and the Firemen’s Carnival. Other residents just automatically take it upon themselves to clear around fire hydrants near their homes and the fire department greatly appreciates it.

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is asking residents interested in adopting a fire hydrant and helping out the town and fire department to please e-mail CERT member Lisa Hartshorn at lahart2269@gmail.com with your name, address, fire hydrant number (if applicable), location of hydrant and e-mail address so she can add you to the directory of volunteers.

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Originally Published on: Jan 4, 2015 @ 18:44

Three Car Accident, Requiring Extrication, Sends Two To Hospital

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Mar 262013
 

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If you were following the Orange Live Facebook page you knew about this as it was happening.

Hours later, the Orange Police released this report.

A three car MVA was reported at 3:08 pm on the Boston Post Road (Route 1) in front of Savers Discount store, 130 Boston Post Road. A 2013 Jeep Wrangler was traveling westbound in the left lane when it made contact with another westbound car in the right lane.

The Jeep driver, Gary A. Cioffi, 19 y.o., of Muttontown, NY, then lost control of the vehicle and made contact with the rear of a second westbound car before rolling

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over and striking a utility pole with the windshield area of the Jeep.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department also responded to extricate Cioffi from the Jeep before he was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A passenger in the Jeep was able to get out on his own and was also transported with minor injuries. Officer Ryan Ahern is investigating the accident.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Ahern at 203-891-2130
Officers reported traffic backups along the Boston Post road as a result of the accident and ensuing investigation.

Traffic Jam On Orange Center Due To Chimney Fire

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Mar 172013
 

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The Orange Volunteer Firefighters are on scene of a chimney fire on Orange Center Road.  Traffic is/was jammed in the 700 area because of the apparatus needed for the task.

When Asst. Chief Charles Sherwood arrived around 4:35 p.m. he reported that black smoke coming from the chimney and a person was on the roof checking it out.

Firefighters are using a thermal imaging camera to check the inside walls.

By 5 p.m. some trucks were returning to the station house.