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     Township. Residents in Atlantic County                                                                        remains one of the most food insecure
     put out bags of canned, nonperishable                                                                         counties in our state, with many of
     items with their recycling during the                                                                         our neighbors navigating through very
     annual two-week drive in December for                                                                         challenging times.  The success of our
     collection by ACUA’s recycling crews.                                                                         December Food Drive speaks to the
        2021 marked the 31st year for the                                                                          generosity and caring of Atlantic County
     ACUA’s Food Drive, which provides                                                                             residents,” Dovey added.
     residents with an easy and convenient                                                                            The 29,348 pounds of food collected
     way to help the needy while helping the                                                                       during 2021 ACUA food drive brings
     environment.                                                                                                  the total amount of food collected over
        All canned goods collected through                                                                         the past 31 years to more than 993,240
     the Holiday Food Drive are distributed                                                                        pounds.
     through the Community FoodBank                                                                                   “ACUA’s annual Food Drive is one of
     and its many partner agencies located                                                                         our most important community programs
     throughout Atlantic, Cape May and                                                                             and we are truly grateful for everyone’s
     Cumberland counties.                                                                                          participation,” said Dovey.
        “The generosity of Atlantic County                                                                            For more information, contact the
     residents who donated the much-needed                                                                         Community FoodBank of NJ, Egg
     food during this year’s Food Drive is                                                                         Harbor Township, at 609-383-8843 or
     so greatly appreciated,” said ACUA                                                                            the Atlantic County Utilities Authority at
     President Rick Dovey. “Atlantic County                                                                        609-272-6950. n

       Division of Fire Safety             including the basement.               • A fire needs oxygen to burn. Don’t   heat your home.
                                                                                                                     • Have a qualified professional install
                                             • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable
       Reminds Residents of                (long-life) batteries are designed to remain   let it take yours! A closed door can keep   stationary heating equipment, water
                                                                               more oxygen in the room – and away
       Important Fire Safety               effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm   from the fire – so you can breathe better.  heaters, or central heating equipment
          The New Jersey Department of     chirps, warning that the battery is low,   • Closing the bedroom door at night   according to the local codes and manu-
       Community Affairs’ (DCA) Division of   replace the entire smoke alarm right away.  could give you more time to react to if   facturer’s instructions.
       Fire Safety is offering important fire   • Be sure the smoke alarm includes   the smoke alarm sounds.         • Have heating equipment and chim-
       safety tips and resources to inform indi-  the label of a recognized testing labora-  • A closed door can help slow fire’s   neys cleaned and inspected every year by
       viduals and families of precautions they   tory.                        spread and keep dangerous smoke away   a qualified professional.
       can take to prevent fire in their homes.   • Replace smoke alarms every 10   from you.                        • Remember to turn portable space
       The resources include how to implement   years. They should always be replaced   • Because of the plastics in most mod-  heaters off when leaving the room or
       a home escape plan in the event of fire.  with 10-year sealed battery models.  ern furniture and household items, fire   going to bed.
          “Gov. Murphy and I are saddened by   • Test smoke alarms at least once per   is more toxic, burns hotter, and spreads   • Always use the right kind of fuel,
       the recent fire tragedies in New York and   month.                      much faster than ever before.      specified by the manufacturer, for fuel
       Philadelphia. We urge everyone to check   • Develop and practice a home escape   • A fire needs heat, fuel, and oxygen   burning space heaters.
       your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms   plan with all members of the household.  to exist. Closing the door when exiting a   • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy
       and pay attention to the other potentially   • Close interior doors before retiring   burning structure can cut off the oxygen   screen to stop sparks from flying into the
       life-saving guidance provided,” said Lt.   for the evening.             and slow the growth of fire.       room. Ashes should be cool before put-
       Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as   • Check the exhaust screen on home                                 ting them in a metal container. Keep the
       DCA Commissioner. “Functioning smoke   clothes dryers and remove accumulated   As we continue to experience frigid   container a safe distance away from your
       and carbon monoxide alarms are proven   lint, which is a common fire hazard in   temperatures, there may be a need to   home.
       life-savers and the simple act of check-  the home.                     use space heaters or alternative heating   • Look for an independent lab label
       ing and changing their batteries will help                              devices. The Division offers the following   such as UL, which set minimum safety
       keep you and your loved ones safe.”   In the event of a fire in your home,   safety tips and precautions about home   standards for manufacture.
          State Fire Marshal Richard Mikutsky,   Fire Marshal Mikutsky reminds residents   heating equipment:        • Plug space heaters directly into
       who serves as Director of the New Jersey   to close the door behind them, which can   • Keep anything that can burn at least   wall outlets. Never use with a household
       Division of Fire Safety, advises the fol-  buy time in a fire. He states the follow-  three feet away from heating equipment,   extension cord. Make sure the device has
       lowing fire safety steps be followed:  ing:                             such as the furnace, fireplace, wood   a “tip over” switch that turns the heater
          • Install smoke alarms in every bed-  • A closed door can hold back fire’s   stove, or portable space heater.  off if it’s knocked over.
       room, outside each separate sleeping   heat. In tests, an open-door room   • Create a three-foot “kid-free zone”   • Never run any size cord, extension
       area, and on every level of the home,   reached dangerous temperatures while a   around open fires and space heaters.  or hard wired, under a rug where dam-
                                           closed-door room stayed under 100° F.  • Never use your oven or stovetop to   age can occur unnoticed.
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