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Cold Weather Home Safety Tips

General Heating

  • Have a 3-foot (1 meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Supervise children whenever a wood or oil stove or other space heater is being used. Use a sturdy metal screen to prevent contact burns,  which are more common than flame burns.
  • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Never use your oven or stove for heating. Ovens and stoves are not designed to heat your home.
  • Install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to local codes and the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have a qualified professional install the equipment.
  • Make sure fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Carbon monoxide is created when fuels burn incompletely. CO poisoning can cause illness and even death. Make sure the venting for exhaust is kept clear and unobstructed. This includes removal of snow and ice and other debris around the outlet to the outside. Download a Carbon Monoxide Safety flyer to keep at home.
  • Choose a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide early warning of carbon monoxide.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.


Follow Important Town Codes Regarding Snow Removal

As Islip prepares for the next round of winter weather, residents are reminded that there are specific codes in place to address the proper removal of snow and ice, as well as codes relating to the parking of cars during snow emergencies. All codes MUST be followed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all. Failure to do so is subject to penalties.

Residents and business owners are also asked to be mindful of storm drains and fire hydrants in front of their properties that may be blocked with snow – this is an important safety precaution, and snow around drains and fire hydrants should be cleared.

Chapter 59-3-11(B) of the Islip Town Code mandates that no motor vehicle may be parked on a residential street or on any street in a business district. Cars are permitted to be parked on lawns until the snow emergency is over. Any violations of this code will be enforced.

In addition, Chapter 47A-17 of the Islip Town Code states that each owner or occupant of any house or other building, any owner of any vacant lot, and any person having charge of a church or any public building in the Town of Islip shall keep sidewalks in front of the lots, buildings or houses, free from obstruction by snow or ice and icy conditions. This code also prohibits depositing snow on any street, whether from driveways and/or sidewalks. Residents and property owners are required to follow these codes strictly.

Please call 631-224-5600 to report any weather related issues. Power outages and downed power lines should be reported to PSEG’s customer complaint line at 1-800-490-0075.

It is recommended to check back here on our website for updates, closures, and important announcements during all weather emergencies, and to enroll in the Town’s informational E-alert program.


Islip Town Closes on $3.5 Million Land Sale

Emerging Pharmaceutical Companies to Relocate & Expand in Islip Thanks to Town’s Land Consolidation Program

Islip, NY – The Town of Islip has officially closed on the sale of 18 acres of surplus land on Carleton Avenue in Central Islip, netting Islip’s taxpayers more than $3.5 million in revenue. The 18 acres was divided and sold to premiere pharmaceutical companies InvaGen Pharmaceuticals and Alphamed Realty, that will relocate and expand with the construction of two separate facilities – one for manufacturing and distribution, and another for bottling, packaging, and distribution. These facilities will be built across the street from another related company, Ascent Pharmeuticals, which is already open and operational.

The initiative to consolidate government space and streamline surplus municipal property was spearheaded by Islip Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, as a way to create additional revenue as the Town continues to deal with fiscal challenges.



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