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CCFPD Events 2016

Dinner, Dance, & Cash Drawing Jan 30

Annual Golf Scramble Aug 9

MDA Boot Drive Aug 29

Fire Prevention Week Oct 6-10

 

 

 

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Fire Prevention

 

There are certain areas of your home that you need to have inspected or checked on a regular basis whether it be by a professional or yourself.  We would like to make everyone aware of these areas.  Below is a list of the areas of concern in any home. 

 

FirePlaces: 

Fireplaces should be checked and cleaned by a professional every year.  This will prevent soot build up in your flu, which can cause chimney fires.  Do not store any flammables next to the fireplace.  Open the flu before you start any fire.  Have a good screen or glass doors to prevent any portions of logs from falling onto the floor or embers flying out on the floor, especially on carpet.  Be sure to keep a close eye on the fire while it is lit.  Do not leave a fireplace fire lit when you leave your home. 

 

Candles: 

 If you burn candles in your home, there are some areas that you need to watch out for.  Light candles away from curtains and any flammables.  Be sure candles are secure and cannot fall over easily. 

 

Electrical: 

Electrical connections are another leading cause of fires.  Make sure electrical connections are secure.  If you hear any arcing when flipping a switch, have a fuse that continuously blows, or circuit breaker that gets constantly knocked out, call an electrician immediately.  These are caused by a short or bad connection.  If these are not remedied in a short period, they will cause a fire.

 

Dryers: 

 Dryers can also cause fires if not maintained properly.  Make sure all lint is cleared from the lint screen before you start drying a load.  Also check the dryer vent at least once a year and clean any clogs or lint buildup.

 

Furnaces:

  Your furnace should be maintained every year. Ensure that it is free from dust build up and have a professional come in and check all is well.  Gas furnaces can cause CO leaks if the heater core malfunctions with the furnace.

 

Cooking: 

Stoves and deep fryers are another area of concern.  Keep all flammables away from the stove while cooking. Keep an eye on food that is being cooked in the stove, deep fryer, or oven.  If you are cooking something that is greasy or deep frying anything be sure you do not have the heat turned up too high. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen area.  Do not throw water on a grease fire as water will cause the fire to spread. Use a fire extinguisher.  This applies to propane deep fryers for turkeys and chicken and BBQ grills.  Do not leave these unattended and keep them a good distance from the house.  Also do not cook with a propane deep fryer or BBQ grill on a wooden deck.  If it does start on fire, your concerns will be greater if on or near a flammable substance.  

 

Smoking: 

If you smoke, be sure to use an ash tray that is deep and cannot be easily tipped over.  Do not smoke on your bed or leave a cigarette burning on the end of a table or counter.

 

Escape: 

Most fires are preventable and with your help, we can eliminate most of them.  However there are some instance where they are not preventable, so there are some things you should do to plan.  Have an escape plan.  Make sure there are 2 ways out of each and every room in your home.  Practice evacuation plans in case of a fire.  Have a meeting place assigned where all of your family members meet.  Also practice crawling out of places.  In most casualties of a fire, it is smoke inhalation that gets to a person first.  Since smoke rises, practice crawling out of the home will ensure that all family members are aware that there will be less smoke near the floor.  Also practice feeling a door.  If the door is hot, do not open it.  Go out the other escape route.

 

Detectors: 

Smoke and CO detectors, that are UL listed, should be placed in hallways within 15 feet of every bedroom.  If they are battery powered be sure to change out the batteries twice a year.  Daylight savings time is the best time for this. Make a practice of changing batteries in your smoke and CO detectors while you are changing clocks.


 
Safety

Emergency Action Steps:

In the event of an emergency you may be frightened or confused.  Stay calm and you too can help!  Follow these steps:

  1.  Check the scene and victim.  Make sure the scene is safe.  Don't become a victim yourself.

  2.  Call 911, give as much detail about location and victim as possible

  3. Care for the victim (Check for Consciousness, Breathing, Pulse, and Bleeding). 

Reasons when to Call 911:

  If a victim becomes:   unconscious, trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure, bleeding severely, abdomen pain that does not go away, vomiting or passing blood, seizure, severe headache, slurred speech, poisoned, any type of injury.

Most importantly DON'T be afraid to call 911!!! 

 


These are ways you can help prevent fires and help keep your family safe in an emergency.  For more tips, visit the helpful links page to learn more about fire prevention and safety.

 

 

 

 

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