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Scott Health & Safety Fire Prevention

Flori Georgescu - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fire Prevention


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Fire prevention is a function of many fire departments. The goal of fire prevention is to educate the public to take precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires, and be educated about surviving them. It is a proactive method of reducing emergencies and the damage caused by them. Many fire departments have a Fire Prevention Officer.

In the general sense of preventing harmful fires, many aspects are discussed in the articles Fire protection and Fire safety.

Stop, drop and roll

If one's clothing catches on fire, the most effective method of extinguishing the fire is to stop, drop to the ground, and roll back and forth to smother the flame. Running around will simply fan the flames.

Smoke detectors

  • Working smoke detectors reduce the chances of death in a fire by half.
  • Nearly 900 lives could be saved annually if every home had working smoke detectors.
  • Even just one smoke detector reduces the chances of death by almost half.
  • Nearly half of all fire survivors remember hearing their smoke alarm.
  • Deaths due to fire have decreased by half since the invention of the smoke detector.
  • Most deaths due to fire occur at night when people are sleeping.

Smoke detector maintenance

  • The most common cause of smoke detector failure is missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Nuisance alarms are the most common reason for deliberately disconnecting batteries.
  • Missing, disconnected, or dead batteries account for 73% of smoke detector failures.
  • There are more homes with no working smoke detectors than there are homes without any smoke detectors at all. There are millions of homes in each category.
  • Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home.
  • Change your batteries twice a year.
  • Clean your detectors also.
  • Replace the entire unit every ten years.
  • Disconnecting your batteries, for any reason, is dangerous and illegal.

Firefighters are your friends

One of the most critical jobs of a firefighter is search and rescue. For young children, it is important that firefighters are seen as people they can follow and trust. A firefighter in bunker gear breathing with an air tank can be scary. One way a child can get used to or trust a firefighter is seeing a firefighter dress up step by step seeing that it is a person inside. Furthermore, being able to walk up and touch the firefighter can reassure the child that he or she is a real person.

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.The 375th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department played its role in Fire Prevention Week and hosted various events to raise fire safety awareness for children and their families.

The events included tours of the fire station and fire trucks, a fire awareness puppet show, book readings and fire simulations.

"The biggest importance is getting awareness of fire safety out to the general public," said Staff Sgt. Stephen McNulty, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector. "It's our job to inform and educate people on fire prevention and fire safety."

Airman 1st Class Chace Smith, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, said, "I think fire prevention is something important to share with the kids, because firefighters are a model of safety and someone they look up to, so they absorb the information about how to stay safe. As they grow up, the lessons stick with them."

The firefighters covered why it is important to have smoke alarms all over the home.
"Our topic for this year is 'Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.' It helps show the importance of having a smoke detector in every room that you sleep and on every level," said McNulty. "The National Fire Protection Association gives us the topic for each year and we send out the importance of it to the public."

In the event of a household fire the presence of working smoke alarms in a household cuts the risk of death in a fire in half. According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all U.S. home fire fatalities occur at night between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are likely to be sleeping.

Experts agree that home residents have about two minutes to escape a residential fire once the smoke detector is triggered. Due to the fact that most residential fires occur while occupants are sleeping, time frames for escaping home fires become even smaller. Working smoke alarms are a critical fire-safety tool that can mean the difference between life and death in a home fire.

"People should check their fire detectors monthly," said McNulty. "They should also replace the batteries every six months."

Smoke alarms should be installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnected smoke alarms are the most effective type of detectors because when one sounds, they all sound. Inspecting all alarms once a month and replacing each alarm after 10 years ensures their effective operation. Everyone in the home should know the sound of the alarm and have a plan of what to do in the event of a fire.

About Fire Prevention Week

According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

Fire Prevention Week received its origin from the Great Chicago Fire, which took place Oct. 8, 1871 and continued until Oct. 9, when most of the damage occurred. The fire blazed for a total of 27 hours and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.


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