The Fire Department was hard at work in November continuing our many different services for the community. We responded to a total of 542 emergency calls in November; this includes a number of fire-related emergencies, utilizing our advanced life support skills on medical emergencies, and vehicle accidents. In addition, we have daily fire inspection and prevention projects, plan reviews, and inspections we perform in an effort to assure commercial and residential buildings are as safe as they can possibly be.
The risk and occurrence of house and building fires increases in the winter as temperatures drop and people look for supplemental heat sources and cook more frequently with a stove and oven. Families typically do a good job of making sure they have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their home (if you need further assistance or have questions in regards to smoke alarms, please reach out to us). An additional item to keep in mind in an effort to keep your family safe is to have an escape plan. An escape plan is a plan a family creates to allow for the rapid exit of their own home or apartment in case of a fire. Experts at the United States Fire Administration (USFA) estimate that, due to rapid fire development and toxic gases, you have as little as two minutes to safely escape your home once the smoke alarm sounds.
First off, designate a safe meeting place outside your home everyone can get to once the smoke alarm sounds; the mailbox, parking lot, or a neighbor’s house, for example. Make sure each family member is aware of escape options from each room, especially their bedroom. Use a piece of paper or graph paper to draw a floor plan to show two ways out of the home. Then practice it!