Fire Safety Friday #13
Do you have at least one fire extinguisher in your home? If not, you are already behind. Fire extinguishers are an important safety feature that should be present in your home. However, having a fire extinguisher present is not enough. You must also know how to use it. The video below will give you a brief explanation of how to use your fire extinguisher and why having one nearby and knowing how to operate it are important.
For the month of August 2016, West Harrison responded to the following calls:
1 Structure Fire
2 Residential Fire Alarms
3 Vehicle Fires
3 Outside Fires
4 EMS Assists
West Harrison National Night Out, October 4, 2016
Fire Safety Friday #12
Does your home have a natural gas heating system or stove? Do you have a generator for use during power outages? If so, you have encountered carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is responsible for almost 500 deaths, and 20,000 emergency room visits annually. From 1999-2010, carbon monoxide was responsible for approximately 5200 deaths. Many of the reported carbon monoxide exposures stem from poorly maintained household systems; therefore, it is important to have a working CO detector in your home. The video below from the CDC will provide you with information on how to identify symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and tips to reduce exposure to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
Fire Safety Friday #11
In 2014, there were 2,745 structure fire related civilian deaths. Having a fire escape plan prepared and practiced by you and your family is an important aspect in making sure your family is able to escape as safely as possible in case of a structure fire. Do you have a fire escape route planned for you and your family in case of an emergency? The video below from Lufkin Fire Department will provide you with the steps needed to make a safe escape plan in case of a fire.
Fire Safety Friday #10
Do you know what you are supposed to do when an emergency vehicle comes up behind you on the road with their lights and siren on? Watch the video below from our friends at Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue as they remind us to "Move to the Right for Sirens and Lights".
For the month of July 2016, West Harrison responded to the following calls:
1 Fire Alarm
12 Outside Fires
3 Service Calls (Road wash, tree down, smoke in the area)
2 Mutual Aid (JMVFD- Structure Fire; HVFD- Structure Fire)
1 EMS Assist
Fire Safety Friday #9
More than 90% of all wildfires in the State of Texas are caused by people and their activities. Because of this, it is important to know when, where, how, and what you should burn before starting a fire in your yard. Check out the link below for 9 simple steps to burning in your yard. As Smokey the Bear says, "Only you can prevent forest fires!"
For the month of June 2016, West Harrison responded to the following calls:
1 Structure Fire
3 Outside fires
1 EMS Assist
2 Mutual Aid (LFD-Outside Fire; HVFD-Structure Fire)
Fire Safety Friday #8
Every year many people enjoy camping in the great outdoors. When finishing camping it is important to make sure your campfire is completely extinguished. The video belows will give you tips on how to properly put out your campfire to prevent a possible wildfire. Remember, "only you can prevent forest fires!"
Fire Safety Friday #7
How long do you have to escape your home after a smoke alarm sounds? The time may not be as long as you might think. Be prepared, have an escape plan, and know where to meet with your family in case of an emergency.