SYLVANIA FIRE – EMS DEPARTMENT – SAFETY EDUCATION
The fire department can provide information and help on various fire safety topics as well as other home hazards. Here is a list of the most common asked for information.
Household smoke detectors can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire. They will alert and wake you, if sleeping, so you can safely escape before being overcome by smoke. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that smoke detectors be installed by all sleeping areas of a home, and on every level of a structure.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that kills more than 250 people in the United States each year. You cannot taste, smell, see, or hear it. Because of these properties it is nicknamed the “silent killer”. CO is produced by incomplete combustion. Usually, CO in homes is produced by malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves or water heaters. It can also be caused by inadequate ventilation of these appliances. Prevention is the best step in avoiding CO poisoning. Have all of your fuel-burning appliances inspected regularly. Underwriter Laboratories recommends at lease once a year.
When selecting a CO Detector select one that is listed as a “single station carbon monoxide detector.” These detectors will detect elevated levels of carbon monoxide and sound an audible alarm.
If your CO detector activates you should follow the recommended procedure that is included in your detector’s use and instruction booklet. Normally, you should contact your fuel supplier (Gas Company) and a fuel-burning appliance maintenance company.
If any occupants are experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning the fire department should be contacted for emergency medical care. Symptoms include nausea, fatigue, headaches, confusion and breathing difficulty.
Fire extinguishers are rated by the size and the type of fire they would be able to extinguish.
A Multi-Purpose – Type ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher is a good type to have in your home.
Before using a fire extinguisher you should make sure everyone in the home has been alerted and is leaving the building, and make sure you call the fire department before attempting to extinguish a fire. You can ask the following questions to help you determine if you should attempt to extinguish a fire.
If you answer, “Yes” to the above questions you should be able to safely attempt to put out the fire with an extinguisher.
Once a plan is made, it should be practiced so everyone becomes familiar with it. Once all family members know the plan they will be able to react quickly during a fire and safely escape.
Candle use is very popular. With the increase of use comes an increase of risk for fire. Here are some tips to keep your use of candles safe.
Static electricity poses a fire hazard while fueling. A person can reduce the amount of static electricity created by not re-entering the vehicle. Pump users can also discharge static electricity before fueling by touching a metal surface away from the nozzle.
Portable fuel containers should be removed from the vehicle and placed on the ground before filling. The fuel nozzle should be kept in contact with the container at all times.
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