The State of Alaska has issued a State Wide Burn Suspension until further notice Burn Advisory Status is available on the state website: https://dnr.alaska.gov/burn and the Burn Status Advisory number @ 451-2631, these are updated at 9am every morning but available 24 hours a day.
We are shaving our heads to raise money for childhood cancer research! Did you know that kids’ cancers are different from adult cancers? It’s true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So we decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.
Now we need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers. Click the link below to donate today.
With our recent snow storms, cold weather and ice fog, now is a good time to make sure you have your winter emergency gear in your vehicle. Below is a checklist to make sure you have the essentials you need for travel emergencies.
ALASKAN EMERGENCY CAR KIT
Kitty Litter (non-clumping) or Sand (for traction assistance)
Fuel line de-icer
Flashlight with extra batteries
First aid kit with pocket knife
Sleeping bag for each traveler
Food items: ex. fruits/nuts
Package of wipes
Hand warming packets
Extra socks and mittens,hats
Halloween can be the most exciting time of the year for kids but also presents danger. The Steese Volunteer Fire Department wants this year’s trick-or-treating for your little goblins to be a safe one. Follow these safety tips for a happy and fire-safe Halloween:
- Choose the right costume. Try to stay away from long or flowing fabric.
- Provide flashlights to children or have children carry glow sticks as part of their costumes.
- Make sure if a child is wearing a mask that the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out of them.
- Avoid flammable decorations including dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper that are highly flammable.
- Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
- Refrain from having an open flame.
- Use battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in your jack-o-lanterns.
- Remember to keep all decorations away from doors so that they are not blocking any exits or escape routes.
- Make sure all of your smoke alarms are working and up to date.
The Steese Volunteer Fire Department is also offering its annual safe alternative for parents this Halloween. Both of our fire stations located at 585 Steele Creek Road & 800 William C. Leary Lane will be stocked with candy to hand out to kids who visit in their costumes, Halloween night. Unless an emergency run calls them away, doors will be open and firefighters will be handing out candy to kids from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Parents, please do not park on the drive in front of the emergency equipment.
Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.
Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Here’s what you need to know!
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Test your smoke alarms every month.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
More about staying safe with smoke alarms.
The 2016 wild land fire season is upon us! Remember to visit the Alaska Division of Forestry website and fill out the online form to obtain a burn permit.
Once you have your new burn permit, remember to call the number listed on the permit and listen to the Burn Advisory recording BEFORE you burn anything. It is your responsibility to make sure burning is allowed in your area prior to burning.
Burning in Alaska
- The majority of wildland fires in Alaska are caused by careless human activity.
- Alaska’s fire season is from April 1st to August 31st.
- Burn permits are required during fire season for all open burning, with a few exceptions.
- State laws and regulations pertaining to burning practices apply statewide all year. (AS 41.15.010-41.15-170 and 11 AAC95 Article 6).
- Burn permits are subject to burn restrictions, suspensions, and closures.
- All Burn Barrels require a burn permit and are subject to burn restrictions, suspensions and closures.
- Campfires and warming fires less than 3 feet x 3 feet do not need a general burn permit. Remember burn safely, have tools and water, and put the fire out before you leave.
- You are responsible for any fire you set or cause until it is ‘dead out’. Fully understand and follow safe burning practices.