Community Risk Reduction

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Fire Risk Survey Program

This program is designed to help encourage homeowners to protect their home and property from wildfire. The survey covers road access, topography, fuels, electrical utilities, building construction, water supply, structural fire protection, landscaping, outdoor burning and firewood storage. At the end of the survey, you will receive a score describing your properties fire risk level with suggestions on how to improve your risk. To request a Fire Risk Survey, please click here.

Resources and Requests

Knox Box Program
Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement
Supplemental Fire Code Regulations
Existing Occupancy Inspections
Inspection, Testing & Maintenance (ITM Reporting)
Fireworks
Public Education Programs

Winter Driving Preparedness

Cooking Safety for the Holidays

Keep Safe and Cozy this Winter!

According to the National Fire Protection Association , home fires happen more often during the winter months than any other time of the year. With winter on its way, we want to share a few tips to keep your home safe this heating season:

1️⃣ Have your heating system checked annually and regularly maintained.

2️⃣ Ensure you have working smoke alarms installed in every bedroom and on every level of your home.

3️⃣ Make sure you have a carbon monoxide monitor.

4️⃣Test alarms monthly to ensure they are working.

5️⃣ Have yearly chimney inspections and cleanings.

Winter Safety

Always CLOSE Before You DOZE

Carbon Monoxide is Called the Invisible Killer

When to Call 9-1-1 (and when NOT to!)

Call 9-1-1 only to report a life-threatening situation requiring police, medical or fire emergency assistance. Do not call 9-1-1 unnecessarily. 9-1-1 lines must be kept open for people with true emergencies.

When to call 9-1-1:
  • To get help for someone who is hurt. For example:
    • If someone falls and is seriously injured.
    • If you see someone hurt in an accident.
  • If you smell smoke or see a fire.
  • If you see someone being attacked or robbed.
  • If you believe emergency assistance may be needed but are not sure, call 9-1-1 and describe the situation.
  • If you call 9-1-1 by accident, don’t hang up. Explain what happened to the 9-1-1 operator.
When not to call 9-1-1

Never call 9-1-1 as a joke.

Never call 9-1-1 to ask for information.

Never call just to see if 9-1-1 is working.

Fire Safety in College Housing

Slip and Fall Prevention

Prevent Slips and Falls in the home by reducing risks.  Some tips:

  • Always wear supportive, well-fitting shoes that have some traction.
  • Keep stairways, halls & walkways well lit.
  • Arrange furniture so that you have plenty of room to walk without obstacles.
  • Keep walkways free of cords, clutter, and other objects.
  • Remove throw rugs or secure them to the floor.
  • Install night-lights in your bedroom and bathroom.
  • All stairs and steps should have secure handrail(s) ideally on both sides.
  • Keep stairways free of clutter.
  • Use a shower chair and handheld shower head.
  • Install and use wall grab bars in the bath/shower area and near the toilet.

For more ideas, please check out information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/STEADI-Brochure-WhatYouCanDo-508.pdf

Enjoy the Outdoors, Safely, This Summer

Prevent Window Falls!

Spring is in the air, and that also means it’s the time of year that emergency responders see a spike in child window falls. Each year almost 5,000 children are injured after a window fall, and most of the children are between 2-5 years old. These accidents are preventable!

INSTALL WINDOW GUARDS AND STOPS

Never open windows more than 4 inches to prevent young children from falling out. Remember, screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly installed window guards prevent unintentional window falls. Install window guards that include an emergency release device in case of a fire. Window stops are also a great idea. They allow fresh air and a cross breeze and still ensure windows cannot open
wide enough for kids to fall out.

CLOSE WINDOWS AFTER USE

If you have windows that can open from both top and bottom, make a habit of opening just the top to prevent accidental falls. Keep in mind that as kids grow, they
may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom so try to keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used. If you visit a place where windows are not childproofed, close and lock them during your visit, and watch your child carefully.

KEEP KIDS FROM CLIMBING NEAR WINDOWS

Move chairs, tables, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls. Also, teach children not to play near windows. Make it a house rule to play at least 2 feet from windows. Never move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall — call 911and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

🕰️ Change your clocks, check your batteries! When you ‘spring forward’ it’s also a good time to check your smoke alarms too…

➡️ All smoke alarms, including hard-alarms should be replaced after 10 years because they lose their ability to detect fire or smoke over time.

➡️ Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to be effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps , warning that the battery is low , replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

➡️ Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, warning the battery is low , replace the battery right away. If it still chirps, replace the entire smoke alarm.

The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.

Wildland Fire Preparedness Tips

Happy and Safe Halloween!