By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Thanksgiving signifies the beginning of the Holiday Season and many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen preparing for the Holidays. But we do have to limit gatherings due to Covid-19

There are more in-home fires during the holiday season than at any other time of the year, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “Thanksgiving is the single worst day for cooking fires,” reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”

This is an important Public Service Announcement that is our responsibility to get out to our communities.


Let’s learn and share some facts about cooking fire safety:

Be careful wearing loose clothing around open flames on the stove

Use a timer and use “post it’s” to remind yourself of cooking times in the oven

Be careful using candles at the dinner table (especially if toddlers are present)

Use oven and mitts when handling hot pots and pans

Do not cool hot pans with water if grease is in them

Have a fire extinguisher near-by and know how to use it.

Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stove top.

Is that smoke detector properly working?

If you have a cooking fire…

Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

When Black Friday Comes!

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when holiday gift buying begins.  Sales offering big discounts lure customers in to stores, often beginning in the early hours of the morning.  “Unfortunately, Black Friday (and most major shopping days) is a day when shoppers may become the victim of crimes and injuries.”

First and foremost, limit shopping and purchase on line to reduce Covid -19 exposure!

Be alert and aware of people and surroundings around them, and their vehicles.  Situational Awareness at all times!

Park in a location that is closest to the store or mall if shopping when it is dark out.

Be careful of other motorist as they may be distracted.

Park near where there is lighting.

Purses should be worn in a way that it is close to the body and difficult to snatch.

If carrying a wallet, it should be kept in the front pocket or the inside pocket of a coat or jacket.

Carrying too many bags may also prove dangerous in many ways.  If possible, leave children at home during Black Friday.

The crowds of people can easily overwhelm a child who may be hurt or become lost.  If you must bring a child, it is important to hold onto small children to avoid separation.

Know where fire/emergency exits are in stores, restaurants and malls.

If you’re sick, do us “all” a favor and stay home!  Bring hand sanitizers to help combat germs.

Put away the cell phone and be cognizant and courteous of others.

Most importantly, be patient!

Now that’s a Bargain!