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Escape Planning Tips

Plan Ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. View our article on escape planning to learn more.


Safety Cooking Tips


Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.

Child Safety Seats

The Fairview Fire District, in cooperation with the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board, offers free child safety seat inspections to the public. The fire department currently has six certified technicians who have been trained through the Safe Kids Worldwide Program. Fairview Firefighters inspect an average of 500 seats annually, of which nearly 95% are fitted incorrectly. New York State Law requires all children under the age of 7 to be seated in a child safety seat. If child safety seats are installed incorrectly, a child’s chances of being injured in a motor vehicle crash can be greatly increased. See below for details on how to schedule a child safety seat inspection.

Steps in a car seat inspection:
  1. Make, Model, and year of the car seat.

  2. Checking to see if the seat has been recalled.

  3. Verify that the seat is installed correctly and/or make necessary changes.

  4. Educate parents/guardians on use and installation of the seat.

  5. Address any other questions and concerns.

A typical car seat check should take anywhere from 20-30 minutes. We ask the parents to bring their vehicle owner’s manual, car seat manual, and if possible, the child who will be using the seat. A proper inspection takes time, and our inspectors perform many of them. Please also remember that our inspectors are Firefighters on duty, and have other duties which may include leaving the station to answer emergency calls. There may not be a certified inspector on duty at all times. For these reasons, we ask that persons desiring a child safety seat inspection call the station in advance to schedule and appointment.

For more information, or to schedule a child safety seat inspection,
please call the Fire Station at (845) 452-8770.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why must I make an appointment to have my safety seat inspected?

A: The firefighters checking your seat are on duty, and may have to leave the station to answer emergency calls. Also, there may not be a technician on duty at the station at all times. Calling ahead allows us to ensure that someone will be available to provide the inspection, or refer you to another agency that may be able to provide urgent service.


Q: What are the hours for car seat inspections?

A:  Hours for car seat inspections are 8am-8pm, 7 days per week. If you require special arrangements, please call the fire station. We will be happy to work with you.



Q: Is it true that the Fire District gives away free car seats?

A: We do have a limited number of new seats available. Seats are not simply given away, however. You are eligible for a free seat under the following conditions:



Q: The child is with you, and the seat they are currently using is unsafe for travel. (i.e. too old, damaged, or not appropriate for their weight and size.)

A: Please also be advised that seats must also be installed into your own car, (we cannot install seats into taxi cabs, or cars which the seat will be immediately removed from.)

Knox Box

The Fairview Fire District uses a system of lock-boxes on commercial and residential properties within the fire district.   There are multiple benefits to the lock-box program.  Most importantly, they allow for the immediate access to the property when an emergency exists without the need to damage doors and other access points.  Fairview personnel have keys (they are secured to the apparatus and require unique access codes) to open these lock-boxes. 

Prior to installing the box, please consult the Public Education Coordinator for the proper location.  

To purchase a lock-box follow the steps below.  Remember to call the station to have them secured once the box is installed and whenever keys are changed.  Members of the on-duty staff will open the box and put the appropriate keys in the box.  

Knox Products Purchasing Process:

We are happy to assist you with the purchasing process
of any Knox product for the Fairview Fire District.

Please visit the website below:




Once there, click on BUY in the top right corner

From there you will be asked to find us; you select NEW YORK
and type in our name Fairview Fire Dist- Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park. Once you’ve found us, click on SEARCH and you will be taken to  another box which you will select if it's for residentail or commercial use. Click SEARCH and you will be taken to the products page.

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Please choose the box you see fit. For complexes or office buildings, while we would assume there may be some type of master key involved, we always recommend a box that will fit up to 5 keys at the minimum so you shouldn’t have to upgrade in the future. Residential boxes should only be used for private
one and two family dwellings.

Once we receive the authorization request it will be processed for you. You will be notified via the email that you used on submission that your request has been approved.

As always, if you need assistance or if you have any questions,
please feel free to call the station.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives…  But only when they are installed and are working properly.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “[t]hree of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).  The Fairview Fire District has made it a priority that every residence within the fire district has a working smoke alarm. 

The FFD will come to your residence and check your alarms if
you are unable to do so. We will replace batteries and
individual units at no cost to the resident if necessary.

The FFD also recommends that each level of the residence has a working carbon monoxide alarm and will assist in making sure these life
safety tools are in working order as well.

Please call the station at (845) 452-8770 or
email the Public Education Coordinator to schedule an appointment.

Safety Cooking Tips
Escape Planning Tips
Child Safety Seats
Knox Box
Contact Us
Station (Firefighters)

District Secretary,
Samantha Juan
Fax: 845-452-0552
Email for Secretary

For questions or concerns about the Fairview Fire District, please
e-mail Chief Timothy Gilnack
Our Location
Fairview Fire District
258 Violet Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1236
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