Summer is the peak time of the year for lightning strikes and lightning fires. However, lightning does occur year round. It’s important to be prepared for this dangerous weather phenomenon.
Protect you and your home from lightning is a short informative video provided by FLASH® (the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes - http://flash.org/ ). If you have more question please contact the Eagar Fire Department.
Lightning Strike Survivor describes the after effects of a lightning strike.
It is difficult for emergency vehicles, utility trucks, postal and delivery trucks to find homes and businesses whose address numbers are not properly posted. Firefighters, emergency vehicles and personnel may need to find you home quickly should an emergency occur.
Your street name and number should be printed in letters and numbers that are no less than 4" tall, in a contrasting. They should be visible from all directions of travel for at least 150 feet. encourage family and neighbors to post their house numbers, too.
If your home or business is set back from the street or road, post your address at the entrance of your driveway. In situations where more than one home is accessed off a single driveway, all addresses should be posted at the street and each appropriate intersection along the driveway.
House numbers can be posted . . .
directly on your house, business or garage,
by the street, or on a post or sign made of fire resistant material,
on the mailbox,
on the curb,
or anywhere they can be easily seen from the road.
A clearly posted house number can save precious time should an emergency occur! To check for your 911 assigned address, call 333-4128 ext. 230 and have your phone number available!
Smoke Alarms and Detectors need to be check once a month to ensure they are in good working order. The batteries will need to be replaced every 6 month (use New Years Day and July 4th as reminders). When changing the batteries make sure to clean the alarm or detector. Alarms may look clean, but dust can accumulate inside the cover which may prevent them from sounding or cause them to sound needlessly. Gently vacuum smoke alarms regularly using the soft brush attachment or by using canned air to blow the dust out. If you are not sure how to check them, please call the Fire Department (333-4363) for assistance.
Check the NFPA Safety Messages About Smoke Alarms for more detailed information regarding the proper installation of Smoke Alarms and Detectors.
WINTER FIRES - Life Saving Tips
|Make sure your space heaters have an emergency shut off in case they tip over. ONLY use the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Never refill a space heater while it is operating or still hot. Refuel outside, away from the house.|
|Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, away from combustible surfaces, have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation. Never use flammable liquids (such as gasoline) to start or accelerate fire.|
|Have your furnace and chimney professionally inspected annually and cleaned if necessary. Chimney tar build-up is a common cause of chimney fires.|
|Use a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from igniting nearby carpets and furniture.|
|Never thaw frozen pipes with a blow torch or other open flame. Use hot water or a UL listed device such as a hand held dryer.|
|Dispose of hot ashes in metal containers place away from the house.|
|Don't use the oven to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of toxic fumes.|
|If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow for easy access.|
|Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test the batteries every month and change them at least once a year.|
DID YOU KNOW?
Eighty percent of all fire deaths occur in the home.
Electrical fires are a special concern during the winter months which call for more indoor activities and increases in lighting, heating and appliance safety.
Deaths caused by winter fires are particularly avoidable.