firefighters and EMTs we take safety seriously.
Our lives depend on it. This section of our web
site contains items that you as a home owner/business
owner can do to make the lives of your family, coworkers
and our lives safer. Please take the time to give
these items consideration.
alarms that are properly installed and maintained
play a vital role in reducing fire deaths
and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm
cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire
percent of all homes have at least one smoke
alarm, according to a 2010 telephone survey.
Overall, three-quarters of all U.S. homes
have at least one working smoke alarm.
Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009
resulted from fires in homes with no smoke
alarms or no working smoke alarms.
When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually
because batteries are missing, disconnected
or dead. Almost one-quarter of the smoke alarm
failures was due to dead batteries.
portable fire extinguisher can save lives
and property by putting out a small fire or
containing it until the fire department arrives;
but portable extinguishers have limitations.
Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly,
the number one priority for residents is to
get out safely.
Use a portable fire extinguisher when the
fire is confined to a small area, such as
a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone
has exited the building; the fire department
has been called or is being called; and the
room is not filled with smoke.
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember
the word PASS:
- Pull the pin. Hold the
extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away
from you, and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher
at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher
(can be used on all types of home fires) that
is large enough to put out a small fire, but
not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the
label of an independent testing laboratory.
Read the instructions that come with the fire
extinguisher and become familiar with its
parts and operation before a fire breaks out.
Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors
often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
Install fire extinguishers close to an exit
and keep your back to a clear exit when you
use the device so you can make an easy escape
if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room
fills with smoke, leave immediately.
Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one
element of a fire response plan, but the primary
element is safe escape. Every household should
have a home fire escape plan and working smoke
is nothing like the cozy feeling you get from
a warm fire burning on a cold winter's night.
Learn what dangers lurk inside your chimney
and how to manage them. Coming soon.
are probably many common household hazards
lurking in your home right now. Most of the
time you get lucky and nothing goes wrong.
When it does though, the results can be devastating.
Check out this page to learn how to make your
home safer. Coming soon.