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Winter Safety Tips

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November 20th, 2014
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Season’s Gr-Eatings!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home fires involving cooking equipment. By making safety part of the Thanksgiving dinner menu, you can avoid preventable cooking fires. Here are some steps to follow when preparing your holiday feast:

  • Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working;
  • Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove; and
  • Keep an eye on what you are cooking.

In recent years, deep-frying turkeys has become a popular cooking method. While fried turkey may be a tasty addition to your meal, cooking with deep-fat turkey fryers can be a recipe for disaster! They have a high risk of tipping over, overheating or spilling hot oil – which can lead to fires, burns and other injuries.

For a safer alternative to deep-frying your bird, the National Fire Protection Association encourages the use of an outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil.


It’s a Clean Sweep

When the temperatures fall, many people use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances to heat their homes. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fires in the U.S. Fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners account for 87 percent of these tragedies and are often due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. The U.S. Fire Administration encourages these steps and more to keep your home fires burning safely:

  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned yearly by a certified chimney specialist;
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out;
  • Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire; and
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating sources.

Home fires occur more often in the winter months than any other time of the year. Learn how to properly build and maintain a fire to heat your home with this video series:


hosted by the National Fire Academy Deputy Superintendent. The series includes an overview on inspecting your fireplace, appropriate materials to burn, and how to control the fire to prevent unwanted accidents.

Abandoned Structure Fire – Hercules

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November 19th, 2014
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Fire crews extinguished a fire at an abandoned historic home in Hercules today, fire officials said. Rodeo Hercules Acting Battalion Chief Darren Johnson said firefighters responded to a structure fire at 12:58 p.m. in a building on Railroad Avenue at Santa Fe Avenue near a set of railroad tracks parallel to the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Johnson said the building was a historical home that had been moved approximately 15 years ago and was sitting on wooden platforms 5 feet above the ground. Firefighters were unable to access the elevated structure and it was almost entirely consumed by flames by the time fire crews arrived, Johnson said. Brush, grass, railroad ties and fence posts were also burning, Johnson said. The structure could not be salvaged.

There were no injuries reported. Johnson said 22 firefighters from Hercules, Rodeo, Pinole, El Sobrante, El Cerrito, and San Pablo doused the blaze within two hours.   From Pinole-Hercules Patch Article – November 17, 014


Family Expo – September 28, 2014

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September 18th, 2014
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The Rodeo Hercules Fire District will be participating in the Hercules Family Expo event at the Hercules Community Center from 1:00 to 4:00 on Sunday.  The firefighters will be helping BBQ hot dogs and participating in the numerous events.   The event is Free and will include free flu shots and health screenings.




October 11, 2014 – Station 76 Open House

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September 18th, 2014
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The Rodeo Hercules Fire Protection District will hold its annual Open House on October 11, 2014 from 11:oo am to 2:00 pm.  The Hercules Fire Station No. 76 will be open to the public and will provide educational hand-outs as well as hot dogs and popcorn to visitors.   Free bicycle helmets will be provided to children 14 years and younger.  Visitors from other agencies will be attending with education materials along with our most popular volunteer bringing an assortment of local snakes.   Firefighters will be conducting exercises including the District’s burn trailer and the engines will be available for children to see and take pictures.   Please come and join us.


The Salvation Army Christmas Food and Toy Drive

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September 17th, 2014
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The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for its annual community food and toy distribution.  Applications will be accepted October 6 through October 30 at The Salvation Army office, 4600 Appian Way, El Sobrante.  Applications will be accepted Monday through Thursday 9am to 4pm (closed 12 noon to 1p.m).     Requirements are listed in the attached flyer.  No applications will be accepted at the Fire District … please arrive in person at the Salvation Army office.