Careless cooking: A reason for the sirens…
I truly believe that I have listened to the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel more hours than I’ve actually been awake the past three years (I can actually hear it in my sleep quite often!)
Where do those fire trucks go?
With that being said – all that time I’ve logged monitoring the airwaves has enabled me to become a bit of a self-proclaimed expert at a few things in town. One of them is the reasons why we have sirens constantly speeding by our narrow streets.
In no official order – Here are what I believe are some of the top reasons for false alarms:
- Careless cooking (as you can see in the picture below). Burnt food, falling asleep with pizza in the oven, or just plain absent-mindedness can set off the fire alarms – and send 1/2 the fire trucks to your house.
- Construction – Whether it’s “dust” (sawdust, chemicals, even steam) or a careless worker knocking a sensor – it happens often.
- Weather – Heavy rains are usually the culprit, with leaks and floods setting off the alarms
I know I’m leaving some off (again writing this at the crack of dawn) – but another reason I feel they respond to many calls is the fact that centrally monitored alarms systems and companies send the call to the HFD. Correct me if I’m wrong – but I think by law, the Hoboken Fire Department has to respond to every call. I’ve overheard that even in instances where the homeowner calls and says it was an accident – they still have to send at least one or two units to be on the safe side.
Here’s a really smoky careless cooking incident over at the Curling Club recently. In this particular call – quite a bit of smoke was vented from the apartment, but everything turned out fine.