State Officials Provide Advice For Preventing Mulch Fires

first_imgSTOW, MA — “Every year around this time, we experience many fires started by cigarettes tossed into piles of bark mulch, which is combustible and can easily catch fire,” says State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “We are asking smokers to dispose of their smoking materials responsibly in order to prevent fires. Don’t toss cigarette butts into mulch or a pile of dried leaves.”“Businesses and homeowners that are sprucing up their landscaping should also provide and maintain safe receptacles for disposing of smoking materials so that people won’t start fires by tossing cigarettes into the mulch,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey, “Metal containers with sand are best.”“If you see a smoldering mulch pile, please call 9-1-1 so the fire department can make sure it is truly extinguished. Mulch can smolder for a long time before erupting into flames,” said Ostroskey.In the past five years (2013 – 2017), there have been 231 fires that started in mulch and spread to buildings. These 231 fires caused one civilian death, one civilian injury, 16 fire service injuries and property damages of $10.2 million. Fires that start on the exterior of buildings are usually not detected early, and by the time they enter the building to trigger a fire alarm, smoke detector or sprinkler system, the fire is already large. Fortunately, many mulch fires are caught and extinguished before spreading to a building or motor vehicle.Mulch FireFactorOn the Department of Fire Service’s website, there is a Mulch FireFactor, an educational hand-out in both English and Spanish on mulch fire safety and the Fire Code. It can be used by fire departments to educate the community on the regulation and for building managers, landscapers and companies that store and sell mulch, to educate their staff.Nurseries, Landscapers and Property Managers Need to Know the RulesFire officials want to remind building owners, property managers, nurseries and landscaping companies about the proper placement and storage of mulch in order to prevent these types of fires. Ostroskey said, “It’s important for mulch storage piles to be 30’ apart to keep fires from spreading.”Keep Mulch 18” Away From BuildingsHere are some tips for property managers and building owners on how to prevent mulch fires:Keep wood mulch 18” away from combustible exteriors of buildings such as wood or vinyl siding and decks. Don’t put it right up against the building.Use materials such as pea stone or crushed rock for the first 18” as a barrier around the foundation of the building and around gas and electrical meters.Provide proper receptacles for smoking materials.State Fire Code on Mulch ApplicationThe Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00, section 10.14.10.4) prohibits the new application of mulch within 18” around combustible exteriors of buildings, such as wood or vinyl but not brick or concrete. Residential buildings with six units or less are exempted from this regulation, but all homeowners may also wish to adopt these safety practices. The regulation applies to all other buildings including commercial properties.Storage and Manufacturing of MulchThe regulation (527 CMR 1.00, section 31.3.6.4.3) also has safety requirements for those who store or manufacture mulch. It limits the size of mulch piles and requires a distance of 30-feet between piles and 25-feet from the lot line. Large piles of mulch can easily spontaneously combust with all the heat they generate, so it’s important to be vigilant and employ good housekeeping. The distance between piles prevents a fire from easily spreading to another pile or to a building.Permits Required to Store 300+ Cubic Yards of MulchPermits are required from the fire department wherever more than 300 cubic yards of mulch is produced or stored.Arlington Fatal Fire Destroyed 36-unit Apartment and 6 CarsOne of the most destructive mulch fires in Massachusetts occurred on May 5, 2015 in a large Arlington apartment complex. One man died in the fire started by smoking materials discarded in a mulch bed, which spread to a car, then to a building. Thirty-six apartments and six cars were destroyed. The building had no sprinklers and the estimated dollar loss was $6.7 million.(NOTE: The above press release is from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Fire Marshal Offers Tips To Prevent Mulch FiresIn “Government”State Fire Marshal Cautions Smokers, Announces Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Caused Recent Woburn FireIn “Police Log”Massachusetts State Fire Marshal: September Is Campus Fire Safety MonthIn “Police Log”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Quality Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Buyer at Georgia-PacificFull-Time Customer Sales & Service Rep at Applied Industrial TechnologiesFull-Time Product Test Engineering Tech at Analog DevicesFull-Time Production Floor Worker at 3STEP Sports Apparel Full-Time Accounts Payable Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Corporate Credit Card Program Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Odwalla Route Sales Representative at Coca ColaFull-Time Commercial Insurance Assistant Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Customer Development Assistant Rep at Pepsi(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Prince William leaves pilot job for UK royal duties

first_imgBritain`s Prince William walks away from his helicopter as he begins his new job as a co-pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Cambridge Airport. ReutersBritain’s Prince William will retire from the air ambulance service on Thursday, after two years in which he witnessed “appalling tragedies”, in order to turn his full attention to royal duties.The Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, will finish his brief career as an air ambulance pilot in the east of England with a night shift.The move comes as his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, take a step back from royal duties and leave the younger generation to take their place.Reflecting on his time flying medical crews from a base at Cambridge Airport, William praised the dedication of those who work for the emergency services.“As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief,” he wrote in an editorial published by The Eastern Daily Press.Residential gardens, school fields and beaches have all been used as makeshift landing pads as the air ambulance crew rushed to the most serious medical emergencies.“As a team, we travel to some very daunting incidents and we have been through some incredibly tough times together, witnessing some appalling tragedies,” William said.William, elder son of British heir Prince Charles, detailed some moments which had stuck with him, such as the “incredibly tough day” when he was called out to a man who had committed suicide.William said the experience had made him all the more determined to draw attention to mental health, a cause he has championed alongside his wife Kate and brother Prince Harry.Before his final shift, William was described as “not only a fantastic pilot, but a much loved and valued member of the crew” by Patrick Peal, chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.last_img

Battle of Real HUs Highlights DC Holiday Hoops

first_imgBy MARK F. GRAY, AFRO Staff Writer,  mgray@afro.comHoward and Hampton may no longer be conference rivals but the “Battle of the Real HUs” will continue.  The Bison and Pirates will renew acquaintances once again in the District just three days before Christmas as part of a college basketball doubleheader at the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Arena in Southeast.These HBCU blue bloods will be the main event in the first Holiday Hoops Festival sponsored by Events DC.  This event features two games featuring mid-major programs representing three conferences.  While the contest between Hampton and Howard figures to resonate more with the local masses, the preliminary game features one of college basketball’s all-time best coaches leading his team a perennial contender from a mid-level conference.The Battle of the Real HUs, Howard University v. Hampton University, is the main event in the Holiday Hoops Festival, which will be held at the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Arena in Southeast on Dec. 22.When Richmond faces High Point University to tip off the afternoon’s pre-holiday festivities, legendary coach Tubby Smith will lead the Jaguars back to his home area.  Smith, who led the Kentucky Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA national championship as head coach, is a native of Scotland, MD. in St. Mary’s County, and will be one of two teams representing the Big South – including Hampton – who are competing in the showcase.Smith, who most recently coached at Memphis, is in his first season as head coach at High Point. He has already made a major commitment to the Jaguars program.  Not only has he brought name recognition to its basketball brand, Smith has contributed to the University’s fund raising efforts to building a new arena on campus.“A lot of the guys in our program are from the D.C. area, including myself, so it will be great to come home and play in front of our family and friends,” said Smith in a statement from Events DC.The Spiders are familiar with playing in the DMV after competing in last year’s Atlantic 10 Tournament at the Capital One Arena.  Richmond visits George Mason and George Washington during the conference regular season.  While this contest won’t have the importance of a game with major postseason ramifications it does gives their program an opportunity to continue marketing itself to the nation’s deepest recruiting territory.“We love having the opportunity to play in the nation’s capital over the Christmas holidays,” said Richmond head coach Chris Mooney. “We had a great turnout in Washington, DC for our conference tournament last year and we feel like it’s a short trip for our local supporters”.Hampton continues integrating itself into the Big South after 22 years competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.  While the Pirates lose HBCU rivalries – such as the matchups with Howard – the decision to leave the MEAC is fiscal over emotional.  They no longer are required to travel as far south as Daytona Beach for conference games versus opponents like Bethune Cookman in non-revenue generating Olympic sports such as soccer or track that reduces strain on their athletic budget while keeping the visibility alive in the DMV.“We are extremely happy to continue our games with Howard due to the always competitive nature of them and the rivalry between the schools,” said Hampton coach Ed Joyner, Jr. “Playing the game in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington will be an exciting day for the Battle of the Real HU.”Howard will be the first local college to christen the arena which gives the Bison a chance to play before a new local fan base that will visit Burr Gym for on campus games sometime during their MEAC schedule.“It’s always exciting to face Hampton wherever you play,” said Howard Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kevin Nickelberry. “It brings a lot of energy into the building.”last_img read more