Winter is upon us and so is the holiday seasons! In an effort to keep our community safe, Chief Garvin would like to remind everyone of a few safety tips and precautions to help keep your holiday season full of tradition instead of tradgedy.
Winter Safety Precautions:
The 2020 holiday season is underway, with decorations going up even earlier in hopes of sparking joy during these hard times. We at the Clay Springs Pinedale Fire Distrct would like to remind everyone to utilize caution in your day to day lives. It takes just seconds for a holiday to turn into tragedy. Here is a list of a few simple things that we can all do to help improve the health and safety of ourselves and those around us during these wonderful and busy times of the year:
- Fire experts said it’s a fire hazard to put a fresh tree in the house now and leave it there for weeks. Look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily. It is recommended that you keep your live tree for 10-14 days maximum and then out it goes.
- Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
- Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night
- Be careful with holiday decorations, choosing decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Do not leave the room and have a candle menorah or kinara left unattended, and you definitely cant go to sleep with a candle lit. Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
- Check holiday light wires for frays and cracks. Don’t overload outlets, and replace older bulbs, which burn hot with newer ones. Make sure all lights are the UL or ETL/ITSNA and approved and remember some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but none are for both. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
- The holiday season is a great time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working.
Burn Permit Requirements:
Navajo County and the Clay Springs Pinedale Fire District are now requiring permits for all agricultural burning within the county. For this reason, a burn permit may be obtained in the following manner:
- Burn permits and other valuable information can be found on this website, under burn Information.
- Permits shall be returned to Fire Station 610, located at 1248 Pinedale Road, Pinedale Arizona.
- A permit number will be assigned to each residence at this time.
- Approved permits will be valid for up to one year from the time of finalization.
How to report fires and aquire permission:
Help us help you. Unreported fires make up approximately 10% of our annual call volume. As a result, Chief Garvin asks that everybody calls in to report your fires. This will assist the department in saving money and valuable resources.
Everybody can all play a part in community safety. One way to do so would be by reporting legal fires and illegal burns. Burns can be reported to the Fire Chief at 928-205-5327 or an active Clay Springs Pinedale Firefighter. You can find a list of current active firefighters here. In the event that you feel you have spotted a wildfire please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1
If you would like to find information about the active forest fires can be found on the Inciweb site. Check back often to stay up to date on fires within the country.
Additionally, information about fire hazards for our local area may also be found on the Clay Springs Pinedale Fire Department Facebook page.
If you would like to see the weather updates for our area your local weather reports can be found at National Weather Service.
Furthermore, Chief Garvin would like to remind people to slow down and remain cautious while driving. Always watch for people and animals along the roadways. It is not uncommon for our district to see an increase in car accidents during this time of year as hunting season pressures wildlife further into communities and people get out to enjoy the cooling temperatures. Remember to adjust your speed accordingly to the current road conditions.
or Chief Garvin at Pinedaleman@frontiernet.net.
Clay Springs Pinedale Fire District wishes you all a happy fall. Stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time of year!
Chief Robert Garvin