WEBBS MILLS VOL. FIRE DEPT.
1. Protect yourself and your family
Most fire deaths occur in homes where there are no working smoke alarms. Remember, only a working smoke alarm can save your life.
2. Smoke alarms save lives.
Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep. Often, victims never wake up. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound an alarm to alert you, giving you precious time to escape.
3. Buying the best alarm.
There are many types of smoke alarms, each with different features. Alarms can be electrically connected, battery powered or a combination of both. The pause feature to reduce nuisance alarms is highly recommended.
4. One smoke alarm is not enough.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and near sleeping areas. If you or your loved ones sleep with bedroom doors closed, install an alarm inside each bedroom.
5. Where to install smoke alarms.
Because smoke rises you should place alarms high up on a wall, according to manufacturers instructions. There are certain locations to avoid such as near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows, or close to ceiling fans.
6. Test your smoke alarm regularly.
Every week, test your smoke alarm using the alarm test button. Once a month test your alarms using smoke from a smoldering cotton string. Follow your owner's manual.
7. Change your clock, change your battery.
Install a new battery of the proper type at least once every year. If the low battery warning beeps, replace the battery immediately. We change our clocks each spring and fall so this is a good time to change your smoke alarm batteries too.
8. Gently vacuum alarm every six months.
Dust can clog a smoke alarm, so carefully vacuum the inside of a battery powered unit using the soft bristle brush. If electrically connected, shut off the power and vacuum the outside vents only. Restore power and test the unit when finished.
9. Smoke alarms don't last forever.
Smoke alarms do wear out, so if you think your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones.
10. Plan your escape.
Make sure that everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if a fire occurs. Regularly practice your home fire escape plan. Know two ways out of every room and have a pre-arranged meeting place outside. Once out, stay out and call the fire department from a neighbors home.
Portable extinguishers are classified according to their capacity for handling specific types of fires. Fire extinguishers must be readily accessible, properly maintained, regularly inspected and promptly refilled after use.
§Class "A" Extinguishers
For fires in ordinary combustible materials such as wood, paper and textiles where a quenching, cooling effect is required.
§Class "B" Extinguishers
For flammable liquid and gas fires, such as oil, gasoline, paint and grease where oxygen exclusion or flame interruption is essential.
§Class "C" Extinguishers
For fires involving electrical wiring and equipment where the non-conductivity of the extinguishing agent is essential. This type of extinguisher should be present wherever functional testing and system energizing takes place.
Exit Drills In The Home - E. D. I. T. H
The following information will assist you in surviving a fire in your home.
Be prepared through regular home fire drills to use emergency exit routes instinctively.
Installation of an approved smoke alarms.
Have two exits from each bedroom.
Have a safe meeting place.
Use a neighbors phone to call 9-1-1.
Hold regular home fire drills like your children do at school.
Temperatures of 1000 degrees are common in home fires. But most deaths are a result of the deadly smoke and gases that precede these fatal hot temperatures.
It is recommended that you sleep with your bedroom door closed and install an additional smoke detector in the bedroom.
Drop to the floor to get available fresh air. Try to crawl to a safe exit.
Before opening a door, feel it (with the back of your hand) first, if it is hot DONT OPEN IT! Keep the door closed and use another exit
such as a window.
An emergency release must be provided on the inside of bedroom windows.
If trapped in a room:
§Keep the door closed.
§Stay low to the floor.
§Wait by a window.
§Don't hide under beds or closets.
§Seal bottom of door with blankets or clothing to keep smoke out.
Help Us Find You
In an emergency, time is of the essence. Help us get to you quicker by making sure that your house numbers are clearly visible on both sides of your mailbox. If you have your street address on the house as well, make sure that it is numerals instead of script text, which is difficult to read from the street, especially at night.
It is also a big help at night if the house numbers are reflective.