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Question:
What is the criteria for posting address number?
Answer:
The street number of the building shall be permanently and conspicuously placed on the front of each structure, mounted upon the front wall, door, porch or placed upon a freestanding mailbox or post, so as to be clearly visible from the street. Obstructions must not block line of sight. Sign letters on freestanding posts shall be 2 1/2" in height in Arabic Numerals. Signs on buildings shall be 3" in height in Arabic Numerals, legible to background colors, properly spaced and not less than 60" above ground level.
Question:
How Many Smoke Detectors should I have?
Answer:
Smoke detectors play an important roll in early warning and you should have at least one on every level of your home, and one detector in each bedroom.
Question:
Should I have a Carbon Monoxide detector?
Answer:
If you have appliances that burn fuels, such as gas or wood fire places, fueled fired heaters or gas stoves, yes you should have at least one detector. Install the detector as per manufacturer installation instructions near the sleeping areas and at least 15 ft away from heating or cooking appliances.
Question:
Should I buy a fire extinguisher?
Answer:
Fire extinguishers are worth the investment. Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can prevent small fires from becoming larger, minimizing the spread and damage of fire. Always call 9-1-1 first before attempting to extinguish a fire. Fire extinguishers can be purchased from your local home center and have directions for use printed right on them. There are many types of extinguishers to choose from. If you’re not sure which type is best for you, contact the department at 215.968.2800 x 255 for more information.
Question:
Why practice a fire drill?
Answer:
Practicing a home fire drill is very important. First, It makes everyone in the home aware of what to do in the event of a fire. Second, a well planned and practiced drill minimizes time for escape. Third, it ensures all components work properly, knowing two ways out, windows and doors operate properly and having a safe meeting place.
Question:
Where can I get more information on Fire Safety Prevention?
Answer:
Stop or call the fire station and talk to a Fire Professional with your questions. The fire station on Municipal Drive is open weekdays during regular business hours and can provide additional literature upon request.
Question:
What do those numbers on fire trucks mean?
Answer:
As part of the Bucks County Emergency Services Community each fire station, police department, ambulance squad has a unique number. These numbers are communication designations for talking to the Bucks County Communications Center when dispatched to emergencies. In Newtown, Station 45 is located on Liberty Street. They are the 45th department in the Bucks County system out of some 60 fire departments. So all of their apparatus bear the number 45. The station on Municipal Drive is Station 55, and apparatus bears this number. Other abbreviations include E=Engine, L=Ladder, R=Rescue, SS=Special Service, C=Chief, D=Deputy and B=Battalion Chief.  L45 on the side or back of the apparatus designates Ladder 45. Other designations you may see, for example, FM252. FM=Fire Marshal. All Fire Marshals in the Bucks County system are a 200 designation. 52 relates to the Municipality. Newtowns' Police Department is 52PD.The bus, CP252 refers to a mobile Command Post, CP, and again 252 relates to the municipality. All Ambulance departments, or Ambulance Squads as they are referred to, have a 3 digit numbering system.
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