ALERT: October is FIRE PREVENTION MONTH. This is to remind everyone how important it is to CHECK YOUR DETECTORS. Below are some helpful tips listed for your protection.
1. Clean your smoke alarms and replace the batteries.
2. Have your furnace serviced before the winter months.
3. Check and have chimneys and flu’s cleaned and clear.
4. Space heaters need space.
5. Practice your escape plan.
6. If you don’t have a smoke detector, contact the fire department so we can assist you in getting one.
REMEMBER CLEAN, INSPECT, PROTECT
South Strabane Fire Department is a member of the National Fire Prevention Association and offers several programs throughout the year.
Fire Prevention Week marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-9, 1871. The historic blaze raged for several days and killed more than 250 people, left 100,00 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings.
Our goal is to educate our community by using simple techniques such as E.D.I.T.H. Drills, Two Ways Out, Dial 911, Get Out Stay Out, and how important SMOKE DETECTORS are.
Every year we visit local schools and put on several prevention activities in the area. The department has a Fire Safety House that we use to assist us in teaching several fire prevention techniques.
An option such as the safety stove teaches all members of the family about kitchen safety. Also, there is an elevated bedroom to show young children how important it is to know two ways out of your house in case of a fire. With the smoke machine it allows us to recreate scenarios and make everyone think about different ways to escape from a fire if anyone should ever encounter this drastic event.
The W.C.S.N. Fire Prevention Association is a joint ownership between four fire departments in the area. In 2001 each department shared the cost to help put this valuable tool in service in the community.
If you are interested in scheduling or if you would have any questions on this valuable teaching tool contact Scott Reese at 724 225-9055 or Ron Wilson at 724 223-4100.
U.S. Fire Facts
99 Civilian Fire Fatalities reported by U.S. news media between Jan 1, 2013 and Sept 19, 2013 all in the state of Pennsylvania.
The leading cause of home fires are cooking (which leads to the most fires and the most injuries), smoking (which leads to the most deaths), heating, electrical equipment, and candles.
Every year in the United States about 2,500 people die in house fires.
In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 364,500 home structure fires
65% of reported home fire deaths occurred in homes with either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
December and January are the peak months for home structure fires and deaths.
U.S. Fire Facts are provide by N.F.P.A.
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