One of the most important functions of any Fire Department is to educate the public on the dangers of fire and on fire safety. The Glastonbury Fire Department and the Glastonbury Fire Marshall's Office work together to provide important fire safety information to the public. This Public Education page of our web site aims to do just that. Please check back here often for new information on fire safety and educational items.
2018 Fire Prevention Message
The Fire Prevention message this year is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.”
The latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago.
Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:
- Look for places fire can start
- Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
- Learn two ways out of each room
“People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”
This year’s Fire Prevention Week messages apply to virtually all locations. However, NFPA continues to focus on home fire safety, as the majority of U.S. fire deaths (four out of five) occur at home each year. In fact, the fire death rate (per 1000 home fires reported to the fire department) was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.
“While we’ve made significant progress in preventing home fires from happening, these statistics show that there’s still much more work to do when it comes to teaching people how to protect themselves in the event of one, and why advance planning is so critically important,” said Carli.
“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations - and that there are basic but vitally important steps people can take to remain safe.
As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA works with local fire departments throughout North America to promote the campaign in their communities and reaches out to the public directly to encourage everyone to take action to be safe.
For over 42 years, Glastonbury’s Emergency Management/Civil Preparedness Department has tested and operated the towns Public Alerting System. Presently, there are 4 state-of-the art sirens located at Fire Stations within town. In addition to alerting fire personnel, these systems are capable of sounding warning signals to alert the public of an Emergency. If you are alerted by one of these sirens, tune to Glastonbury’s Emergency Radio System, located at 1570 AM for further instructions. Additionally, the Public Address function can be used to provide audible directions or information. For example, during a prolonged power outage, the Public Address System may be activated to inform you of resources available in town such as food, water, or shelter. The sirens are tested briefly once daily at noon and fully once a month. Glastonbury Emergency Management is responsible to test the notification system the first Saturday of every month at 11 AM.
The ALERT/ATTENTION Signal is a 3-to 5-minute steady blast on sirens. This signal means to turn on your radio or television (see later section on EAS Radios) and stay tuned for news and information. It shall be used:
1. To get public attention in times of emergencies; and
2. To alert all emergency management personnel and volunteers that they may be called to emergency operations/response duty.
The ATTACK WARNING Signal is a 3-to 5-minute wavering sound on the sirens,. This signal shall mean that an actual attack against the country has been detected and that protective actions should be taken immediately. The attack warning signal shall be repeated as often as indicated by the National Warning System or as deemed necessary by the CEO or the Emergency Management Director. The meaning of this signal is that "immediate protective action should be taken" and is appropriate for the initial attack warning and any repeats thereafter.