The Division Chief/Fire Marshal is responsible for a myriad of life safety inspections, commercial/residential plan reviews, and working with our customers to assure the safest environment possible. Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 25,000 are injured in fires, many of which could have been prevented. Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at $8.6 billion annually.
Prevention is the key, and carelessness kills: don’t mess with fire. Plan prevention for your home and business - safety doesn’t happen by accident. Here are some tips for fire safety:
Plan and practice an escape route and be sure everyone in the building knows the drill.
Know what to do when fire strikes. Get down low to the floor and crawl below the smoke, check doors for heat with the back of your hand before you open them. Have two ways to get out. If you plan on using a window, make sure it opens. If you are on the second floor or higher, make sure you have a chain ladder available for emergency use.
Take protective measures by placing smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors in your home and sleeping areas. Make sure you maintain each unit: check each month for operation and change batteries once a year. Properly working detectors can decrease your chances of dying in a fire by half.
Install fire extinguishers type A-B-C in your home and business. Teach everyone how to use fire extinguishers - use the acronym (PASS):