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          October is Fire Prevention month and the Chiefs Office of the Mineola Fire Department encourages all residents to take a moment to review their fire protection plans. While the fire department is always ready to respond, there are several things that residents can do to prevent emergencies. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home and particularly adjacent to sleeping areas. The batteries in these detectors should be changed when you change you clocks for daylight savings time on November 2. In addition, Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are valuable tools designed to alert you to this otherwise colorless odorless gas. Carbon Monoxide can be produced by heating units, dryers, stoves and even car exhaust. The Mineola Fire department recommends that residents install a CO Detector near sleeping areas. Avoid placing CO Detectors in kitchens or near heating units as this can lead to unnecessary activations.
          In 2013 The Mineola Fire Department created an Adopt-A-Hydrant program to offer residents and businesses an opportunity to enhance their fire protection by providing a simple service to the village, caring for a fire hydrant. Countless times over the years Mineola firefighters have been seen touring the streets clearing hydrants of snow after the big storms. This effort takes many days and obstructed fire hydrants could make the difference in getting a water supply in place to fight a fire.
          Last year many residents took on this responsibility and became caretakers for their local hydrant but there are still plenty of hydrants that need to be adopted. The Adopt a Hydrant program is designed for you to help us help you. The goal is to enlist the help of residents and business owners of all ages and ask them to make a pledge to adopt their local fire hydrant. The task is simple: Whenever snow falls we ask that you clear the hydrant so that firefighters have quick access to it. To enroll, please E-Mail the Chiefs Office at We request that you provide your name, address, phone number and/or e-mail address and the location of the hydrant you would like to adopt. Once we receive your request we will send out a confirmation “adoption certificate”.

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