Public Safety Director Alphonse Petracco, and Deputy Fire Chief Paul Cafone would like to share fire safety tips for you and your family. Changing clocks back on November 3rd for daylight savings should always serve as a reminder to change all batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Please test and make sure every detector in your residence is working properly.

Thanksgiving is a festive celebration for families but according to the National Fire Protection Association, it is also the leading day for home cooking fires. Commissioner Petracco wants to ensure all Nutley families and friends are safe during the holiday season by taking the following fire safety precautions:

• Clean your oven before cooking for the holidays.
• Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a minute, turn off the stove.
• When cooking your turkey check on it frequently and don’t leave the house.
• Keep flammable things, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, your clothing or food packaging away from the stovetop.
• Use a lid to smother small grease fires by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stovetop. NEVER put water on a grease fire.
• If you are going to deep fry a turkey, place the fryer away from the house and anything combustible. Fully defrost the turkey before lowering it into the hot oil or it can cause an explosion.
• Replace all decorative fire burning candles with battery operated candles.

Commissioner Petracco, as the Director of Public Safety in the Township of Nutley, puts the township resident’s safety as one of his main priorities. There are firefighters staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to respond to any emergency. The Nutley Fire Department responds to fires, gas leaks, medical emergencies, car accidents, downed wires and many other types of calls. There is also a Fire Prevention Bureau that performs Life Hazard Use inspections, conducts fire drills with our schools, and educates our public on fire safety. The Nutley Fire Department members are also Hazardous Material Technicians and respond to all hazardous material incidents in Essex County.