Many websites and apps allow ad bots to place ads on their sites based on a visitors location. The bots generate urgent-sounding headlines with your location in the headline to make it look like their "news story" is for your area so that you will click on it. These are not legitimate news stories. They are ads for products and often have the word "ad" very small in the corner.
For example, a resident saw an ad with the headline "Hudson Fire Fighters are Begging People to Keep This in Their Home". The ad featured a fire extinguisher spray that Hudson Fire Department (HFD) specifically does NOT recommend. HFD only recommends fire extinguishers that meet National Fire Protection Association requirements. See the Fire Extinguisher Fact Sheet from NFPA here.
How can you tell if an article is legitimately from the City of Hudson?
The best way to tell is to visit the City of Hudson's website. All articles are posted on the homepage in the "News Flash" section. Other legitimate sources include the City of Hudson's social media platforms and E-News. If it is not posted in these places, it is likely not something the City of Hudson sent out. Learn more about all of the City of Hudson's communication channels here.
Fire safety questions? Call HFD!
Have specific fire safety questions? Please call Hudson Fire Department at 330-342-1860.