SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT - HOT TOPICS
Your Sylvania Fire Department again is proud to be a part of educating our youth to be safe with fire, know two ways out if a home is on fire, being safe in the home, and being safe near and in water and on ice, all as part of this year's Safety City.
We had a fun time and the children were having fun while being taught these very important lessons by our firefighter/paramedics and our own "Moe the Fire Clown".
Below are pictures of our children learning about smoke detectors, crawling low under "smoke" spraying the fire hose and learning about EMS and what we do to help sick and injured people.
On Wednesday, May 15 a fire occurred at a business in Sylvania. The news reporting of the fire was a small event and it is already relegated to obscurity in the quick pace of news in today’s world. But, this fire could have been a major news event that day and a great loss to a business, if not for a sprinkler system. Fires in buildings protected with a working sprinkler system are not spectacular and are quickly controlled and extinguished by firefighters. In fact, the NFPA reports an ability of sprinkler systems to reduce fire deaths and property loss by a factor of one-half to two-thirds. That means a business that has a fire and has a sprinkler system will have less damage to recover from and may be back in business much quicker. A sprinkler system can also provide life safety by being able to control a fire, giving occupants precious time to exit the building safely. But businesses are not where the majority of people are being killed from fire. Home fires are where the majority of people die in fires in the United States. The NFPA reports that 92% of all civilian structure fire deaths are in home structure fires. In 2010, the U.S. Fire Administration reported over 2500 people were killed in home fires. The National Fire Sprinkler Coalition states that a combination of working smoke detectors and residential fire sprinkler system can reduce your chances of being killed in a home fire by 82%. With that number, over 2000 lives could have been saved. At a cost of about 1% of the total price of a new home, you can have a sprinkler system installed.
What is your life and the life of your family worth?
Deputy Chief Mike Froelich
*Spring is here – and so is Tornado season. Your Sylvania Fire Department & FEMA want you to know the facts about a tornado and how to protect yourself and your family in the event a tornado should strike the area.
KNOW THE TORNADO TERMS
Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a tornado hazard:
Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
Before a Tornado
To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
- Look for the following danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
- If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
Quick facts you should know about tornadoes:
- They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.
- They may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
- The average tornado moves Southwest to Northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
- The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph, but may vary from stationary to 70 mph.
- Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
- Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
- Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
- Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer.
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 pm and 9 pm, but can occur at any time.
During a Tornado
If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately! Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.
If you are in:
A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building)
- Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
- Put on sturdy shoes.
- Do not open windows.
A trailer or mobile home
- Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
The outside with no shelter
- Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
- If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
- Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
- If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands
- Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
- Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
- Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.
After a Tornado
Injury may result from the direct impact of a tornado or it may occur afterward when people walk among debris and enter damaged buildings. A study of injuries after a tornado in Marion, Illinois, showed that 50 percent of the tornado-related injuries were suffered during rescue attempts, cleanup and other post-tornado activities. Nearly a third of the injuries resulted from stepping on nails. Because tornadoes often damage power lines, gas lines or electrical systems, there is a risk of fire, electrocution or an explosion. Protecting yourself and your family requires promptly treating any injuries suffered during the storm and using extreme care to avoid further hazards.
Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Get medical assistance immediately. If someone has stopped breathing, begin CPR if you are trained to do so. Stop a bleeding injury by applying direct pressure to the wound. Have any puncture wound evaluated by a physician. If you are trapped, try to attract attention to your location.
General Safety Precautions
Here are some safety precautions that could help you avoid injury after a tornado:
- Continue to monitor your battery-powered radio or television for emergency information.
- Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.
- Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
- Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
- Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
- Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.
- Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage or camper - or even outside near an open window, door or vent. Carbon monoxide (CO) - an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it - from these sources can build up in your home, garage or camper and poison the people and animals inside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.
- Hang up displaced telephone receivers that may have been knocked off by the tornado, but stay off the telephone, except to report an emergency.
- Cooperate fully with public safety officials.
- Respond to requests for volunteer assistance by police, fire fighters, emergency management and relief organizations, but do not go into damaged areas unless assistance has been requested. Your presence could hamper relief efforts and you could endanger yourself.
Inspecting the Damage
- After a tornado, be aware of possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards in your home. Contact your local city or county building inspectors for information on structural safety codes and standards. They may also offer suggestions on finding a qualified contractor to do work for you.
- In general, if you suspect any damage to your home, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.
- If it is dark when you are inspecting your home, use a flashlight rather than a candle or torch to avoid the risk of fire or explosion in a damaged home.
- If you see frayed wiring or sparks, or if there is an odor of something burning, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker if you have not done so already.
- If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows and leave the house immediately. Notify the gas company, the police or fire departments, or State Fire Marshal's office and do not turn on the lights, light matches, smoke or do anything that could cause a spark. Do not return to your house until you are told it is safe to do so.
Safety During Clean Up
- Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves.
- Learn proper safety procedures and operating instructions before operating any gas-powered or electric-powered saws or tools.
- Clean up spilled medicines, drugs, flammable liquids and other potentially hazardous materials.
BUILD A DISASTER KIT
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.
Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.
Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.
Ready.gov has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Emergency Plan (FEP) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.
You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.
Information from: http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes
Fire Department announces temporary fire station location -
The Sylvania Township Fire Department has announced plans to relocate the firefighters and fire apparatus from fire station #1 (6633 Monroe St.) to a temporary location while the old fire station is torn down and a new one built. Please click on the following .pdf file for a letter to our future neighbors at Brint & McCord Rd. from the Fire Chief.
The Sylvania Township trustees have adopted the 2011 Ohio Fire Code. With the adoption of this code, the Sylvania Township Fire Department will start requiring a permit and charging fees for certain activities.
Permits will be needed and fees charged for tent and burn permits as well as for plan review for building construction, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems and commercial kitchen hood suppression systems.
The fire department will also be charging non-compliance fees for commercial building inspections. The initial fire safety inspection will not be charged. If fire code violations are found, a return re-inspection is required. If the fire code violations are found corrected, there will not be a fee. If the violations still exist, a $50.00 fee will be charged. When fire inspectors return again and the violations continue to exist, another fee is charged and the fire department will contact the prosecutor’s office to start legal action.
The fire department will also charge for malfunctioning fire alarm systems. After 3 responses to a malfunctioning fire alarm within a one year time period, any subsequent responses that are determined to be a system malfunction will be charged.
All charges are at the discretion of the Sylvania Township Fire Department.
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