Storm Debris Hampering Emergency Response

Toms River Department of Fire Prevention offers advice for residents attempting storm clean-up

Column as submitted by Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention:

The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention is asking residents that are putting storm damaged items out for trash collection to please keep debris as neat and orderly as possible.

Some streets are being restricted for emergency vehicle access by debris that encroaches into the roadway.  Also be mindful when placing debris at the curbside, to not block fire hydrants and to keep debris at least five feet from any fire hydrant.

The Bureau further reminds residents to make sure that they have operable smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes, and to be extremely careful using emergency generators and other fuel-burning appliances that produce carbon monoxide.

Also remember to never leave candles or other open flames unattended.  During this time of crisis, we want to help keep our residents as safe as possible.


James Mercready,

Director, Toms River Fire Prevention


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