Brigantine Fire/EMS Department News – Week of Jan. 4, 2013

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Prevent water pipes from freezing

The Brigantine Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services wants to remind residents that accompanied with the heart of winter is the menace of frozen water pipes. We recommend that every fall, to winterize the home, residents drain all outside water sources such as sprinkler systems, showers and garden hose outlets. Residents who haven’t done so already are advised to do this immediately.

If your home will be unoccupied for any extended period of time, leave the thermostat set at 50 degrees or higher to help prevent pipes from freezing. During extreme cold spells consisting of three days or more of continuous below-freezing temperatures, make sure the thermostat is set at 60 or above.

If temperatures are anticipated to be below freezing, keep faucets in areas that may be prone to freezing pipes on a continual slow drip. Keeping water flowing in the pipes can help prevent still water from freezing.

The Fire Department has added a new vehicle to its fleet. We now have a 5-ton Army cargo vehicle that was acquired through the federal excess property program at no cost to the city.

This vehicle is fully operational and was completely refurbished by the federal government in 1998. It will allow the department access to parts of the island that may be flooded during a major storm, as well as use on the beach and other areas of the island.

To see photos of the new truck go to www.brigantinebeachnj.com and click the Fire Department link.


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