SOMERSET, NJ - This month the area has seen a number of fires, one caused significant damage to property, another fire resulted in a "minor injury" to a firefighter, and one was fatal

Community Volunteer Fire Company Station 25 provided safety tips to TAPinto Franklin Township in hopes to help keep the public safe. 

The following are ten things to think about:

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1. Try not to block any entrances or exits of the house. This way the fire department has means of access to the building. 

2. Check batteries on smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors at least every 6 months. 

3. Make sure all switches on the stove are set to off when not in use.

4. Make sure windows are able to be opened and closed fully. (Some people screw them in to keep them closed)

5. Every family should have a safe meeting spot in case a fire does occur in the home. 

6. Practice evacuation of the home in case something does happen. 

7. Have visible and reflective numbers signs on your house/mailbox so arriving units can see exactly where to go, even at night. 

8. Don't overload outlets and power strips. 

9. Don't run wires/cables under carpets. 

10. Sleep with bedrooms doors closed to prevent the spread of fire to other areas of the home.

An alumnus of Franklin High School, Jada Abdullah lived in one of the units right next to the blaze which occurred earlier this month, and she felt the need to do something about it. 

“When we heard the fire engines and police cars, we went outside to investigate,” Abdullah said. “When I went home I knew that I needed to do something to help.” 

Abdullah, partnered with Islamic Society of Central Jersey in South Brunswick to raise funds for victims of the Gregory Lane fire. The hope is to raise $10,000 for the displaced families.

Members of the community can donate to the Family Fire Fund by sending money to 10 Diamond Court, Franklin Park, NJ 08823.

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