Saturday, February 26th was the last day for the Smithfield COVID Testing Site to be open. It is now closed. If you are in need of a COVID test, please go to the RI Department of Health website at health.ri.gov to find an active COVID testing site.
Drinking too much alcohol is not a good idea in extremely cold temperatures. Alcohol is dehydrating, which is less noticeable during the winter. Alcohol also interferes with the body’s internal thermometer, which can prevent shivering, and result in an accelerated loss of body heat.
Charge Your Cellphone
The importance of a cellphone can’t be overstated. These are the ultimate emergency devices, so make sure yours is charged and ready to go.
Don’t Forget About Your Pets
Blizzards can be especially hazardous for pets. During heavy snowfall, keep your dog on a leash during walks and add some colorful identifying tags to the collar. Also, be wary of melting ice; it can be very painful for dogs to walk over and is potentially toxic if ingested.
Exercise Caution When Shoveling
Shoveling is a necessity, but it’s also an easy way to throw out your back and even induce a heart attack. Remember to take constant breaks and stay hydrated.
Wearing three to four layers of clothing is the most effective way to insulate your body. Packing on some light-weight jackets or vests underneath a winter coat and wind breaker will allow you to tolerate the winter chill. Do not forget hats and earmuffs to keep warm.
Never Use a Generator Indoors
If you have an alternative power source such as a generator, make sure not to use it inside, even if it’s located in a basement, garage, or crawlspace. The fumes it creates contain carbon monoxide, which can be especially dangerous to children, the elderly, and pets.
Staying off the roads and remaining indoors is the best way to avoid winter hazards, but once the wind and the snow taper off, don’t be afraid to step outside and enjoy the snow.
Watch for Frostbite and Hypothermia
Symptoms for hypothermia include dizziness, exhaustion, and severe shivering. Symptoms for frostbite include numbness; flushed gray, white, blue, or yellow skin discoloration; or waxy-feeling skin. If you think you’re afflicted with either, call 911.
With the pending BLIZZARD, it will be very difficult to find fire hydrants in an emergency. Although we eventually get to hydrants after a storm, the blizzard will create a two-day event for us to get to all of the hydrants.
For safety sake, PLEASE shovel the snow from the hydrants near your house.
With Tropical Storm/Hurricane Henri approaching, the Town of Smithfield Emergency Management Officials are closely monitoring its path and forecast.
The Fire and Police Departments are at the ready and on standby. Additional resources are on standby as needed. All of the Smithfield public service departments have been preparing their equipment, and have personnel on standby.
The Smithfield Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at the ready and will be staffed.
Residents and business owners are strongly encouraged to secure any items that are subject to flying around in storm winds, potentially causing damage or injury.
Local and social media outlets will be your resource for power outages and restoration. Please do not call the Police or Fire Department to ask about time frames for power restoration.
Residents are asked to do your best to stay off the roads during the height of the storm. In the event you are on the road it is advised that you do NOT drove through extremely large puddles as they can cause your vehicle to shut down and you could become stuck inside the vehicle.
Stay clear of downed utility wires, always assume they are energized and potentially deadly. Just because your house may not have power doesn’t mean the wires in the street are not live.
Stay tuned to the Town’s Social Media platforms for additional updates
It is very important that fire hydrants are clear of snow and ice after a snow storm. The time lost for the fire department to find a fire hydrant could mean the difference between a small fire in a house or a house that is no longer habitable.
Please clear fire hydrants near your house or business of snow and ice. If done properly, the hydrant should look like this.
For three nights only, Saturday, December 19th, Sunday, December 20th and Monday, December 21st, from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm each night, Santa Claus will be making his way through neighborhoods in town before his big night. More Info
To all children and adults alike, Santa Claus is coming to town!!
The North Pole contacted the Smithfield Fire Department to ask if Santa Claus could visit the Town of Smithfield. We said YES!
We asked why the North Pole was contacting the fire department. We were told that Santa Claus wants to ride on one of our fire trucks and visit all the citizens of Smithfield. We said OK, we can do that.
We are working with Santa Claus’s Chief Elf to schedule Santa Claus to ride through town on a fire truck. The schedule will be out soon. You will be able to see when Santa Claus will be visiting your neighborhood.
Keep an eye on our Twitter account @. SANTA’s SCHEDULE TO VISIT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE OUT SOON!!
The top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.
- Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
- Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
- Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
- Keep your live Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits.
- Water your live Christmas tree daily to keep it from becoming dry.
By Chief Robert W. Seltzer
Passage of a $4.5 million bond referendum on November 6th will enable the Town of Smithfield to build a fire station in the Route 116/Route 7 north end of town. This investment not only provides much needed service to the area, but also offers benefits for the entire town.
For the duration of time that the Greenville and Esmond/Georgiaville fire & rescue apparatus are answering alarms in the north end of town, those areas are being left without fire & rescue service.
If an incident occurs in Greenville or Esmond/Georgiaville while crews are north on Route 116, it takes 12 minutes to get back to the south end of town. The increase in response time issue now flips from the north end of town to the south end of town.
By building a new fire station in the northern part of town, the south end apparatus will not have to cover both the northern and southern ends because apparatus will already be in place to respond.
The new fire station will allow fire & rescue resources to be located throughout the entire town so that all areas of town receive appropriate response times and available resources.
- Response times in areas of Smithfield currently served by a fire station are 4 to 6 minutes. Response times in areas of Smithfield currently NOT served by a fire station are 8 to 14 minutes.
- The new fire station will bring the 8 to 14 minute response times in the north end of town down to 4 to 6 minutes.
- The new fire station will improve our insurance underwriter’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating also known as the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating. This results in savings for homeowners and business insurance rates in every part of the Town of Smithfield.
Everyone in the Town of Smithfield deserves the same level of Emergency Services regardless of where they live or where their business is located!
The Smithfield Fire Department held their first public presentation regarding the new fire station bond on Monday, October 1st at the Smithfield Senior Center.
A video of the presentation has been posted to the Smithfield Fire Department website.
To view the video you may access it from the internet at www.smithfieldfire.com. Once on the website you will see a picture indicating the dates of the presentations. Scroll down past the picture until you reach the wording “More Information”.
Click on More Information and you will be directed to the New Fire Station Bond page. Scroll down the page until you come to the video.
The Smithfield Fire Department presented their first public presentation for the new fire station bond on Monday, October 1st. at the Smithfield Senior Center. Members of the public were presented with the research that was put together by the Fire department Study Implementation Task Force and their final recommendations concerning the need for a new fire station in the north-end of Smithfield.
Of significant importance, the following facts were emphasized.
- Response times in the north-end of Smithfield for fire & rescue apparatus to respond range from 8 to 14 minutes. With the addition of a new fire station, response times will be reduced to 4 to 6 minutes, similar to response times in the remaining parts of town that have a fire station.
- The Public Protection Classification (PPC) which is issued by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) for Smithfield is currently a PPC = 4. With the construction of a new fire station in the north-end of town, the PPC classification will become PPC=3. What does this mean? It means that homeowners and business across town will see a reduction in their property insurance rates.
While Greenville and Esmond/Georgiaville apparatus are answering alarms in the north-end of town, those areas are no longer protected. If an incident occurs in Greenville or Esmond while trucks are well north on route 116, then it takes 12 minutes to get back to the south end of town. The response time issue now flips to the south-end of town.
By adding the new fire station, south-end apparatus will not have to cover the north-end because apparatus will already be in place to respond.
The new fire station allows fire & rescue resources to be located throughout town in such a way that all parts of town maintain appropriate response times and appropriate available resources.
The new fire station will fill the gap in fire & emergency medical services in the Town of Smithfield.
This investment will provide appropriate public safety infrastructure for years to come.
To see the complete Powerpoint presentation, you may click on the link below.
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