Fire Prevention

 

Smoke Alarms

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

Exit Plans

An exit plan, or fire escape route is an absolute must for all families and businesses to know and practice. Nobody expects a fire. But it’s very important to have a plan just in case there is one. Fire can happen anywhere: in your home, apartment or place of business. In case of a fire, what you don’t know can hurt you. ESCAPE PLANS WILL DIFFER FOR EACH TYPE OF BUILDING! IT’S UP TO YOU TO PLAN THE PROPER ESCAPE FROM YOUR PARTICULAR BUILDING.

  • Have a family meeting to discuss what to do if there is a fire. Create and practice your escape plan.
  • Only use approved window gates. Do not use a padlock which will prevent your escape from a fire.
  • Decide on a meeting place outside of the building, so you will know if everyone has gotten out safely.
  • Once outside, dial 911 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone to report the fire.

In case of a fire, remember the following:

  • Walk quickly, Don’t panic.
  • Leave the building by the closest, safest exit route.
  • Feel the door on your way out with the back of your hand. If the door is hot, do not open it – look for another way out.
  • Close the door behind you to slow the spread of fire.
  • Use the stairs. Do not use the elevator. It may stop working and leave you trapped.
  • Try to keep one hand in contact with the wall. This may prevent you from getting lost in the darkness and smoke.
  • If there is smoke, escape by staying very low to the ground where air is cooler and cleaner.
  • Open window at top to let out heat and smoke; and at the bottom to breathe. If you cannot get out, wave a sheet out the window.

Do not go back into a fire for anything! Your life is your MOST valuable possession.

Business Pre-Incident Planning

Pre-Incident Planning is a recognized practice for Emergency Personnel to evaluate the protection, construction and operational features of businesses for increased awareness in times of emergencies at your location.