A Message From Fire Chief Baty


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    Fire Prevention

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

    Target Audiences:


    Students are often the primary target of fire prevention. Firefighters will visit schools and teach students the basics of fire prevention.


    It is important that adults also know the basics of fire prevention. Teaching children and maintaining safe environments at work and home are essential to preventing dangerous emergencies.

    Senior citizens

    Along with young children, seniors have been identified as an "at risk" group, especially in hazardous situations. It is important that seniors have pre-planned their escape routes and have access to emergency exits.




        * 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.

        * 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.

        * Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home.

        * Check your batteries twice a year and replace as needed.

        * Clean dust build-up off your detectors.

        * Replace the entire unit every ten years.


    Smoke Detectors are just a start


        * Smoke detectors only wake you up.

        * Never assume that someone has already called the fire department, or that it was automatically notified.

        * Know tonight what you will do if you are ever woken up by your smoke detectors.

        * Make sure your family and friends know also.

        * If you change your batteries, wake up and evacuate immediately; You will be a hero to your family, friends, and firefighters.