ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Fire Department wants you to keep some fire safety tips in mind in wake of several house fires in the past week. While every season poses a threat with fire conditions, the summer seasons hot temperatures quickly approaching can create some hazards. Botsford’s biggest tip is making sure your bedroom door is closed while you are sleeping. He says this can buy you time by preventing smoke and flames from entering your room and giving you a moment to escape through a window or call 9-1-1. “When it’s already hot out and humid, we have to put a lot of gear on to protect ourselves to go into a fire. It can cause heat exhaustion and dehydration very quickly, ” said Botsford. “It does make it difficult and slows the process of firefighting down.” It’s not just homeowners who have to worry about the heat, though. Firefighters sweat it out a lot more as they head straight into homes up in flames while the sun is beating down on them. When it comes to the hot temperatures, Botsford says people often leave their air conditioners running all day, which can lead to problems because he says, “There’s a lot of potential to overload the electrical system with that.” Endicott Fire Marshall, Brian Botsford, says there are a list of safety tactics to keep in mind, including not leaving anything near the grill or stove while you’re cooking up that summer barbecue and always remembering to change your batteries in your smoke detector.
NEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo stated New York has seen the 37th straight day of positive COVID-19 test result rates below one percent yesterday. The Governor also said there were 6 COVID related deaths in the state yesterday. In a statement on New York’s progress with the coronavirus, the Governor said 0.99 percent of yesterday’s test results in the state were reported as positive. “Our numbers continue to reflect the work of New Yorkers, who ultimately flattened the curve,” Cuomo said.