There have been a number of incidents involving the manufacturing and use of marijuana wax in Anoka and Hennepin Counties as well as across the state. The incidents include fires that have claimed lives and life-threatening overdoses. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety put together the attached fact sheet to share with our communities.
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Once a month the Fridley Fire Department will draw a name from those who registered and the winner will receive a gift card to one of the local retail, grocery or gas stations. Need not be present at drawing to win. The Fire Department will deliver the gift card to the winner! If the hydrant is not free of snow at the time of delivery the gift card will not be awarded.
LET'S MAKE IT EASIER FOR OUR DEDICATED FIREFIGHTERS TO ASSIST YOU IN AN EMERGENCY. In the event of a fire emergency during the winter, could firefighters find the hydrant near your home or does it get buried under a snow pile?
The City of Fridley has 1,020 fire hydrants located throughout the city, and 200 private fire hydrants. The Fridley Fire Department is encouraging residents and businesses to "adopt a fire hydrant" near their home or business and keep snow shoveled away from it during the winter season. Please make it a point to clear the area around your fire hydrant after each snowfall. Clear a path approximately 3 feet around the hydrant and shovel a path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant. This will ensure hydrants are visible and will allow the Fire Department to quickly locate the fire hydrant, obtain a water supply for firefighting activities, and give the fire department room to work with this hydrant should the need arise. If a fire hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time must be spent digging it out. It may take from 4 to 6 minutes to dig out a fire hydrant buried by snow. Seconds matter! That delay in obtaining a water supply from a fire hydrant may allow a fire to grow.
On behalf of the entire Fridley Fire Department, thank you for keeping the City of Fridley’s fire hydrants clear of snow and keeping our communities safe! The Fridley Fire Department can be contacted at 763-572-3613.
On November 20, 2014, a kitchen fire broke out in the 6100 block of 5th Street in Fridley. Management of Brandes Place and Norwood Square had the forethought to install stovetop fire extinguishers in every unit and it made all the difference. Occupants escaped safely, no injuries reported and the property sustained minimal damage (less than $2,000), a sharp contrast to the recent tragic death of a 24-year old woman resulting from a similar fire on November 8.
“Cooking fires are extremely dangerous. These stovetop fire extinguishers can make the difference between life and death, and not enough people know about them,” said John Berg, Fridley Fire Chief.
Firefighters discovered that the fire had extended through the vent hood fan into a cabinet above the range. The cabinet held two 1 gallon containers of cooking oil which began to melt. The stovetop extinguisher was apparently enough to keep the fire from igniting the contents in the cabinet. Firefighters extinguished hot embers in the cabinet and removed a portion of the drywall to look for hidden fire but found none.
“It is extremely important that people do not store cooking oil above the stove,” stresses Chief Berg. “This had the potential to be a really bad fire.”
Using water on a grease fire is extremely dangerous and can result in explosions and/or a rapid spreading of the flames. Where is your baking soda? Would you have time to fumble with the box? Would your kids know what to do if a cooking fire broke out while you were distracted? A simple stovetop fire extinguisher could save your life.
These small canisters are available at most hardware stores, including Home Depot and Amazon. This small investment, under $50 for two canisters, could achieve priceless results by safely and automatically putting out a kitchen fire. No installation, assembly or maintenance necessary. The magnetic cans simply stick to your range hood and if a flame reaches the can, it automatically releases a non-toxic dry powder that is easily cleaned with a rag or vacuum.
Three multifamily residential management companies in Fridley have voluntarily installed stovetop fire extinguishers including RiverPoint Apartments, Mateer Properties LLC and Brandes Place/Norwood Square.
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Every 23 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the nation. (September 2013 report from the National Fire Protection Association.) In keeping with the City’s efforts to educate residents and businesses, the Fridley Fire Department is doing their part by putting more concentrated efforts into fire inspections. “Our goal,” explains Fire Chief Jon Berg, “is to visit every commercial building in the city. This effort could save businesses money in the long run.”
In 2011 talks were underway to implement routine fire inspections. Before those plans were put into action, an explosion at Kurt Manufacturing caused over $2 million in damages. This is an employee-owned company with 100 workers on premises at any given time. Half of the building had a sprinkler system, but due to a residue on the sprinkler heads, several were not triggered from the fire, something that may have been caught during a routine inspection. Fortunately, no one was hurt and those sprinkler heads that were activated saved the building from total loss. Working with insurance and the Fridley Fire Department, Kurt Manufacturing is still thriving today and has installed a new sprinkler system that completely covers both of their buildings.
It was shortly after this event that Fridley took an active role in commercial fire prevention efforts.
For several years, due to financial circumstances and manpower shortages, fire inspections of commercial and industrial properties took a backseat to more pressing city issues. That changed in 2012 with the hiring of Matt Field who took on a 24-hour per week role as Fire Marshal. That summer he began an aggressive effort to resume inspections. In those first few months of catchup, Matt was able to visit about 25% of Fridley commercial and industrial properties (259 initial inspections and 223 re-inspections) starting with those properties who had complaints on file or open permits. As of today, Matt has been inside every commercial and industrial building in the city. The goal is to inspect every one of these properties at least once every three years.
The Fire Marshal provides an essential resource to Police and Fire. A new public data safety system is being launched this fall. Within this system, we will have the ability to track corrections to better monitor ongoing issues or safety concerns. In addition, the Fire Marshal will be able to input specific information on each commercial business such as floor plans and locations of important items such as electrical rooms, sprinklers, alarms, nearest hydrants and more. This information will go to those arriving on the scene, whether it is police or fire, while they are in route and could save valuable time in an emergency.
“Matt is a problem-solver,” says Chief Berg. “Our whole reason in doing this is education.” The Fire Marshal, with the assistance of the entire department, makes it a priority to be open and available to building owners for advice, planning and discussions. Remodels and expansions are a great opportunity to seek advice before plans are designed. When Plunkett’s recently added on a second building, they first talked to the Fridley Fire about what would be required to stay up to code and keep their employees safe, even before the plans were submitted. It is this type of open-door policy that makes Fridley unique.
“Many times there are small housekeeping things,” explains Field. “There may be a better, safer way of doing things that could benefit you. I have never met anybody that doesn’t want their employees to be safe. The goal is to not have a fire, but if that bad day happens, we want to make it a little better.” Field sees his role as a partner with local businesses. Sometimes the safety hazard is as simple as changing a light in an exit sign or notifying the department if the business has changed locks.
When Field first started with Fridley, he did a walkthrough at 7800 Elm Street that housed 4 different businesses at the time. There were a number of issues found, including a major one regarding the security of the sprinkler values. They were able to address that immediate problem, but unfortunately a fire did break out before many of the concerns were corrected. The result was more than a half of million dollar loss affecting all 4 businesses. However, that one valve change did save the entire building from destruction. There is now a new, viable business in that building. More time could have made an even bigger difference, and that is the benefit of prevention efforts.
Totino Grace is another great example of partnership. Shortly before the school year started, they completed the installation of an automatic sprinkler system in every area of the school. It was a five year planning process to budget and work out, including multiple meetings with the Fire Department, but in the end children are safer for it. “If a fire were to happen now,” says Field, “it would be very limited and very small. They would be able to continue educating.”
Without safety, businesses are at risk; and without those businesses to build our community, our quality of life changes. Safe, good schools attract people and increase home values. We are all connected. It is the Fire Marshal’s intent to make a positive impact. “We want to prevent loss of life, damage to property, loss of income, even loss of value for resale or the surrounding area,” says Field. “I don’t want your loved ones or employees to get hurt, and those are my friends and family that will be coming to help if a fire does start. I don’t want to see them in danger either. What affects one, affects many.” In 2015, the department hopes to open a full-time Fire Marshal position which would enable more time for preventative efforts, education and investigation.
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Questions? Contact Paul Bolin, Assistant Executive Director to the HRA, at 763-572-3591.