For as long as I can remember, my father has been a part of the Toms River and the New Jersey fire service. He has dedicated his life to educating the community about fire safety and prevention. I think what he does is truly amazing and I have always been proud of his passion to help people.-Katie Foley, daughter of Toms River District 1 Fire Commissioner Doug Foley
With 32 years as a volunteer and career firefighter and 19 years as the state Fire Marshall, Doug Foley knows a thing or two about fire safety. I had an opportunity to talk with the past chief of East Dover Fire Company 4 and current District 1 Fire Commissioner in Toms River about some MUST-KNOW tips for families so they can help prevent a fire in their own home.
- Always check smoke detectors:
BATTERY OPERATED: Check the batteries every 30 days and then CHANGE the batteries when you CHANGE your clocks. Simple!
ELECTRIC: Vacuum detectors MONTHLY.
- KNOW the escape routes in your house
- Before you purchase a fire extinguisher, check with your local fire department for the approved/required model. If you already have, again check with the FD.
- Fall is still a good season for outdoor grills. Be sure to keep all grills 5 FEET FROM THE HOUSE.
- If you SEE A FIRE: Call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY and give as much information as you can. DO NOT go inside the home.