The City of Danville Fire Department, utilizing a data and analysis computer mapping program, works to identify potential fire loss problems throughout the City of Danville. The fire department has had three home structure fires in the Crosshill area in the last four months. Two of these fires are considered serious losses with one of those fire severely injuring and occupant of the home. In response to this, the fire department has begun a model program outlined by the National Fire Academy Curriculum on Community Risk Reduction.
The Department has started a “Home Fire Safety Survey” to help residents safeguard their homes. The program is designed to identify potential risks that may exist and to educate homeowners on ways to protect their homes. Residents can schedule appointments for firefighters to conduct a free in-home inspection of a room or an entire house. The survey is designed to heighten citizens’ awareness and to educate them about potential safety hazards. Firefighters will recommend actions to eliminate the hazards and there is no enforcement component of the program.
After a fire strikes in a neighborhood, firefighters will be out in force, making contact with citizens, distributing door hangers advising of the fire and answering questions about fire safety. Their goal is educate and help people feel safer in their homes and make them aware of the potential for a fire loss.
According to studies from the United States Fire Administration, between 1998 and 2007, 397,650 average annual residential fires took over 3000 lives and caused over $600,000,000 in property loss per year. The same studies reveal that, in 2007, fire killed more United States citizens than all combined natural disasters, with 83.5% of all civilian fire deaths occurring in homes. In 2009, The National Fire Protection Association released figures that a home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds in the United States.
“Saving lives through prevention is one of our main goals and the home is where most fires occur,” said Fire Marshal Ken Pflug. “The new survey is an important tool that people can use to protect their families and their homes.”
In addition to the survey, Pflug also reminds residents to remember these tips to secure their homes:
Check Smoke Alarms
Test your alarms monthly. Replace alarms that are older than 10 years and replace any alarm that has been painted over. Change the batteries twice a year. The City of Danville Fire Department also has a smoke alarm program for elderly households and those with young children where the Danville Fire Department will come and install free smoke alarms and give information on testing and maintaining the alarm.
Make Extinguishers Handy
Make sure that you have at least one or more fire extinguishers in your home. Check the gauge located on the extinguisher to see if it needs to be replaced or recharged. Also be sure that the fire extinguisher is in an easily accessible location. Remember that fire extinguishers are not designed to fight large or spreading fires.
Talk Prevention with children
Talk to your kids about how they can prevent fires. Discuss an escape plan for the whole family to exit the home safely. Teach your children to never play with matches, lighters, candles, electrical cords or sockets. Also, let them know to “stop, drop and roll” if their clothes catch on fire.
Avoid Overloading Sockets and Cords
Take a walk-through of your home. If you see sockets with too many cords plugged in or even too many extension cords around the house, have extra outlets installed by a professional. Always pay attention to the acceptable wattage for cords and lamps. Also, look for extension cords that are “tacked up” or run under a rug as these could be a real fire hazard for kids and adults.
For more information or to schedule a free “Home Fire Safety Survey,” contact the City of Danville Fire Department at 859-238-1211 or online at danvilleky.org.
For more information visit:
N.F.P.A Safety information for consumers
N.F.P.A Fire Statistics