Fire Prevention Week 2016!

Fire Prevention Week

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This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Read more from NFPA Journal.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

Congratulations Darby Myram

Darby Grad

Congratulations Darby Myram For Graduating Class of 2015!

The Fire Department will support you in your future endeavors we hope you have a bright future!

Work Safe BC Investigation To Firefighter Death

This is a very educational video done by Work Safe BC on the dangers fire poses to us even when we think we have done everything to mitigate the risk to us and the public. Its with training and education of tragic events like this, that will save lives of many Firefighters in the future. Please watch the video and pay respect to the men and woman that have lost their lives in the line of duty to protect the people you love.

Why Is Burning Plastic So Harmful?

The killing fumes
Most fire deaths are not caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation. Often smoke incapacitates so quickly that people are overcome and can’t make it to an otherwise accessible exit. The synthetic materials commonplace in today’s homes produce especially dangerous substances. As a fire grows inside a building, it will often consume most of the available oxygen, slowing the burning process. This “incomplete combustion” results in toxic gases.

Smoke is made of components that can each be lethal in its own way:

particles: Unburned, partially burned, and completely burned substances can be so small they penetrate the respiratory system’s protective filters, and lodge in the lungs. Some are actively toxic; others are irritating to the eyes and digestive system.

vapors: Foglike droplets of liquid can poison if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

toxic gases: The most common, carbon monoxide (CO), can be deadly, even in small quantities, as it replaced oxygen in the bloodstream. Hydrogen cyanide results from the burning of plastics, such as PVC pipe, and interferes with cellular respiration. Phosgene is formed when household products, such as vinyl materials, are burned. At low levels, phosgene can cause itchy eyes and a sore throat; at higher levels it can cause pulmonary edema and death.

In addition to producing smoke, fire can incapacitate or kill by reducing oxygen levels, either by consuming the oxygen, or by displacing it with other gases. Heat is also a respiratory hazard, as superheated gases burn the respiratory tract. When the air is hot enough, one breath can kill.

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(Provided by NFPA)

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Please Remember that a smoke alarm in every room could one day save you or your family’s life! When you have a smoke alarm put into your house you need to remember to check it once a month to ensure that the batteries are charged and the smoke alarm functions. Every detector has a test button that allows you to see if indeed the alarm works and has power. have you removed your detector because every time you cook it goes off? Well go out and buy a alarm that has a 15 minute shut off that will automatically start to work after 15 minutes of silence. One day you might just be woke up and alerted by a fire before its to late!

 

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