August 23, 2015

Fire Prevention

Our agency strives to be very pro-active in promoting Fire Safety, Prevention and Education to the public and children.  Please utilize the links below for your’s and your family’s home safety practice. (There will be more to follow)


Fire and Life Safety Education



  1. Smoking Safety — NEVER smoke in bed.
  2. When using space heaters, keep items away from them that might catch fire.
  3. Smoke Alarms — Keep the batteries fresh and test them often.
  4. Care in the Kitchen — NEVER leave the stove unattended when cooking.
  5. Have a Fire Escape Plan for your house or apartment.
  6. Locks and Latches — Make sure they can be opened with ease in an emergency.
  7. Exit Options — ALWAYS have two ways out.
  8. Do not panic if you cannot get out. Use something to get the Fire Department’s attention when they arrive.
  9. Let 9-1-1 know if you cannot get out so they can tell the firefighters where you are located.

Remember to crawl low, under the smoke !!!

Once you get out, STAY OUT !!!


Fire and Life Safety Education

Exit Drills in the Home



  1. Make a home escape plan in the event of an emergency.
  2. Make certain all doors and windows that exit to the outside open and close easily.
  3. Know and practice two ways out of each room such as a door or window.
  4. Choose a meeting place outside that is safely away from the house.
  5. Make sure everyone knows where the meeting place is located.
  6. Make sure the smoke detectors work in your home.

Interesting Facts:

  • A home structure fire is reported every 82 seconds.
  • Only 23% of households have actually made and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Smoke detectors should be tested at least once every 30 days.
  • Batteries in smoke detectors should be replaced every six months.
  • Everyone in your home should know how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Special Notes:

If you cannot get out of the room you are in, seal the vents and the door with a wet cloth and use a flashlight to signal the Fire Department to tell them where you are located!!!

When calling 9-1-1, let them know immediately that you cannot escape your house so they can notify the firefighters of your location!


Fire and Life Safety Education



  1. Never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
  2. Use timers to ensure overcooking does not happen.
  3. Keep handles turned in towards the center to prevent being caught on something.
  4. Never leave small children unattended in the kitchen while cooking.
  5. Do not place combustible materials on the stove while cooking.
  6. It is a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen – Just in case!
  7. Do not use water on grease fires. It makes the fire worse.
  8. Put the lid on a grease fire or use baking soda.
  9. Do not allow children to play in the kitchen
  10. Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.
  11. Never cook with oils on the HIGH setting on the stove.
  12. Do not carry a burning pan to the sink or outside doorway. You may spread the fire.

Special Notes:

Did you know that one-fifth of all residential structure fires in the United States begin in the Kitchen? That is 730 house fires resulting from Kitchen incidents.

Follow these simple rules and the Fire Department will not be coming to your house for dinner!