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Austin Fire Department warns of dangers of frying

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Austin Fire Department issued a statement warning residents of the dangers of frying.  Over the weekend, firefighters teamed up with the H-E-B Plus grocery store on Riverside Drive and held a demonstration on how to properly fry a turkey.

State Farm insurance claims data for 2005-2009 shows that frying-related accident and injury claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to other days in November.  In addition, Texas had the most frying-related claims filed of all states on Thanksgiving Day from 2005 to 2009.

The fire department wants cooks to know that frying-related  accidents and fires are easily preventable if you make sure your turkey is completely thawed and do not use too much oil.  Most accidents occur because cooks put too much oil in the fryer and when the turkey is dropped in, oil splashes over the sides of the pot.  Also, the fire department suggests keeping a fryer away from flammable objects and away from wooden buildings or structures.

If you want to better protect yourself in the case of a fire, contact the Austin fire extinguisher experts of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more about fire prevention and safety.

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City Council to vote on new water plant

Posted on November 17th, 2010 No Comments

This Thursday, the Austin City Council will vote to officially finalize the construction of a new water treatment plant to be located at the intersection of RM 620 and RR 2222.  The plant will cost $300 million to build and has already been approved by the council.  Thursday’s vote will concern final contractual issues needing to be approved for construction to be completed.

The plant will extract 300 million gallons of water from Lake Travis and treat it for Austin residents’ use.  Mayor Lee Leffingwell said of the plant, “We have to have it not only for drinking water but also for public safety, we have to be able to put out fires”.

Backflow preventers protect the drinkability of water and should be inspected to ensure water cleanliness.  Contact the Austin backflow preventer specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 if you are in need of backflow preventer repair, service or inspection.

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North Austin apartment complex catches fire, 43 displaced

Posted on November 10th, 2010 No Comments

Last Thursday evening, the Silvervale Aparments located in North Austin caught fire.  Investigations determined that a cigarette that was not properly put out caused the blaze.

Firefighters arrived at the apartments around 5 P.M. on Thursday to see 22 out of the apartment’s 24 units occupied.  Rescuers helped the apartment’s occupants out to safety and no injuries were reported from the fire.  3 of the complex’s units were severely damaged from the fire and 11 others were damaged from smoke and water damage caused by the fire.

Experts estimate damages to the apartment complex around $200,000 and $30,000 in content damage.  34 adults and 9 children were left homeless after the fire.

Contact the Austin fire sprinkler systems specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more about installing fire sprinkler systems to be better protected from fires.

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House fire in Houston kills teenage girl

Posted on November 4th, 2010 No Comments

A  two-story home in Northwest Houston caught fire early this morning and tragically took the life of a 14-year old girl.  Firefighters responded to 9-1-1 calls at around 3:30 A.M.

When firefighters responded on the scene, the girl’s family was waiting outside and informed them that she was trapped inside.  Firefighters attempted to climb up a window into the girl’s room but the flames were too intense to get inside the house.  The girl’s mother, father and brother were all treated for smoke inhalation, burns and other minor injuries at a Houston hospital.

By the time firefighters were able to control the fire, the second story of the house had completely collapsed.  Arson investigators from Harris County will be investigating this tragic fire.

Our utmost sympathies go out to the girl’s family and friends.