Firefighters And Fire Prevention
Firefighters Believe In Fire Prevention
Firefighters not only spend hundreds of hours during their careers training and practicing and training some more, answering emergency calls day and night whether there is a home on fire, a motor vehicle accident or a false alarm to investigate and most people will tell you that firefighters probably spend a lot of time at the fire station cleaning and maintaining their fire trucks, cleaning and packing fire hose and making sure their firefighter bunker gear and tools are ready to go at a moments notice.
But not many people know that firefighters spend a great deal of time teaching fire prevention to their community as part of their dedicated effort to keep their residents safer, smarter at preventing a fire in the first place and better prepared to handle an emergency or fire if one should happen.
We believe in Fire Prevention Education and have seen the difference that it makes, the lives it has saved and the eagerness by most of the community to learn how to keep their families, businesses and homes safer.
Do You Call 911 To Order A Pizza!?
Call 911 right away if there is an emergency! We always teach that important message at every Fire Prevention opportunity. Then we explain what an emergency is.
Is there fire or smoke, is your smoke detector making noise? Do you need a police officer or is someone hurt and needs an ambulance? And then the Chief will always ask the children "Do you call 911 if you want to order a pizza?" and they are always happy to show how much they have learned and yell in their loudest voices "NO!!!". It's a great line that grabs their attention because everyone's family orders a pizza and it gets them interested and interactive with the Fire Chief.
Reading, Writing, Math and Fire Prevention
School is a wonderful place for fire safety education to begin and many schools have adopted Fire Prevention Week as a great time to introduce the basics like calling 911 in an emergency, get out and stay out, never ever play with matches and plan their activities around the Fire Safety Theme of the year.
Each year a new theme is chosen for fire safety focus and fire prevention education. Teachers plan some really creative activities for the children that help them learn fire safety and also help them recognize that firefighters are their friends.
Many fire departments make arrangements with their local schools to visit the students, get a chance to show them that firefighters are not scary and help teach some fire prevention education.
Bonding With Firefighters
Firefighters know that it is very important to bond with children. We reach out to them in schools, visits with the boy scouts and girl scouts, community events and every opportunity we get because young minds are so very impressionable. We want them to know if there is an emergency not to hide because firefighters can look and sound very scary when you are young, especially if your home is filled with smoke or fire and you are already scared.
We know that children are eager to learn and be helpful. Firefighters want them to understand matches are dangerous, smoke detectors are important in their homes, and when and how to call 911 in an emergency. We believe this will lead to a future generation of families that are always fire safety smart.
Thank you to Amy Batista for the awesome photo from last year's Fire Prevention Week and your support always!
Smoke Detectors Save Lives!
It's been proven time and time again, a smoke detector can save your life, protect your family and your home. Unfortunately about 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and about 18,300 are injured, so many of those could be avoided with a working smoke detector.
One of the best (and easiest!) ways to protect your family is by having properly installed and easily maintained smoke detectors in your home. Don't think of a smoke alarm as an accessory to your house, consider it part of your home just like plumbing and power and windows, who would ever have a house without all those everyday important things. Think of taking care of your smoke detector and changing the batteries like you would brush your teeth and shower. Smoke detectors are all about your safety and should be an important part of your life too!
The US Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer great information on why smoke detectors are so important, please click the smoke detector above to learn more.
Smoke Detectors and Fire Prevention
Working smoke detectors save lives and it's really important that you change the batteries in your smoke detectors, we recommend twice a year just to be sure!
Have you ever heard the slogan "Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries"? It's a firefighter reminder to everyone in the community that when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time to remember to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors. You don't have to wait until then to do it, but it's one great way to keep the idea of fresh batteries in mind.
Remember that even smoke detectors that are "hard wired" directly into your electricity need batteries too. This way just in case you lose power in your house especially during storms and natural disasters your smoke detector will still be protecting you and have the batteries as "back up" power.
Firefighters Are Just People Too
Every fire safety activity includes firefighters in station wear uniforms looking just like everyday people, laughing, smiling and interacting with the children. Once they trust us and feel comfortable firefighters will show the children how they put on their firefighter bunker gear, add a helmet and our breathing air packs so that they see we are the same people we were a minute ago and not really scary at all.
We turn on our air packs and let them hear how we will sound when we come to save them inside a fire. We want them to know when they hear that sound not to run and hide but to call out to the firefighters so we know where they are.
Hi Kids Firefighters Are Not Scary!
Gaining children's trust, especially young children who are easily scared when looking at a firefighter with a funny mask on their face that makes funny noises and wearing weird clothes especially in frightening situations is really important to us.
Here I am demonstrating how firefighters will look and sound during an emergency. It's way less scarier when they see it's just the same people we were before our bunker gear and breathing masks. We let them watch us put on everything from boots to helmets including our SCBA air packs and then demonstrate how we take it all off again and we are okay! and the same people we were all along.
Fire Safe Flameless Candles
Candle fires are preventable! It is reported that there are approximately 15,000 home fires started by candles each year, 160 associated deaths and 1,289 injuries and all of them could have been prevented by learning the importance of candle safety. Please visit the USFA/FEMA Candle Fire Safety Page for important information when using lighted candles.
As a firefighter I have personally had to respond to many devastating home fires that started with candles. Any time is a bad time to have a fire in your home but did you know that most candle fires occur on Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Years Day and Halloween. Beautiful holidays that should always be safe for our families. Please consider the importance of Candle Fire Safety.
Because I worry about candles and safety I love flameless candles! I buy them for myself, give them as gifts to family and friends and hope you will consider using some of these instead of lighted candles in your home.
Flameless candle with a 5 hour timer available in wonderful scents and colors for every room in your home.
Traditional styling with modern flame free, smoke free, worry free safety features. All three come in the set with long lasting batteries.
Beautiful candle light glow indoors or outdoors with this cool flameless candle and built in timer.
Candles for your decorative candlestick holders and sconces that are safe and beautiful. No flames, no smoke, no worries about safety through the night, a wedding party or special occasion.
Firefighters Feel Like.....
Part of gaining children's trust and easing their fears is letting them interact and play with the firefighters while they are in their firefighter gear. We have found that kids of all ages feel more comfortable if they can reach out and touch the firefighter, feel their gear and even the kind of scary looking SCBA air bottle and equipment that firefighters wear during an emergency.
Some are hesitant at first. But once they reach out with their hands it seems they also touch us with their hearts.
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Smoke Detectors For Every Home
Install Smoke Alarms On Every Level Of Your House! It doesn't matter if you have a small apartment or huge mansion, all homes need to be protected by multiple smoke detectors. There are different types of smoke detectors and we hope you will visit Learn More About Smoke Alarms At The US Fire Administration and FEMA Page to be sure you have the right information.
Firefighter Sparky And Kids Everywhere - Want You To Stay Safe!
Kids love Firefighter Sparky the Fire Dog and when Sparky does Fire Prevention he is always the favorite speaker! Sparky draws the children over and delivers great fire safety messages, sings songs with them and reminds everyone to make sure Mom and Dad change the batteries in their smoke detectors.
Firefighter Sparky and Kids Everywhere want you to be safe and practice fire safety!
Firefighters Want To Know....
How Often Do You Change The Battery In Your Smoke Detector?
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Firefighters Of All Ages Are Gearing Up - For Fire Prevention!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Have Fun With Fire Prevention
Add some fun to your fire prevention at home with terrific books, DVDs and activities for the whole family.
Fire Prevention tips and information for the whole family
Fire Safety For Kids
Disney helps with Fire Prevention a great DVD for kids to help them relate to the importance of calling 911, get out and stay out, having a family meeting place and many other great fire safety lessons.
Everyone loves Sparky the Fire Dog and he has important messages for kids and grown ups to help keep them safe.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke detectors are proven to save lives and so are Carbon Monoxide detectors! Did you know approximately 170 people a year die from CO poisoning? Carbon Monoxide is colorless, tasteless, odorless and yet can kill you. Every home should have CO detectors installed and many smoke detectors can be purchased that are also CO detectors. They aren't very expensive and they are easy to install so please, please get some CO detectors for your home and business.
Click on the photo for some great Carbon Monoxide information from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Or visit NFPA Carbon Monoxide Information
Be Cool About Fire Safety!
Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries
Did we mention that smoke detectors save lives! Please don't forget to change the battery in your smoke detectors to make sure your family and home is always protected. Remember to change the battery in your CO (carbon monoxide) detector too.
The IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs) has some great information about this life saving program. Click their official banner to learn more.
Bonfire Designs Believes In Firefighters
We do believe in firefighters and in fire prevention. Supporting firefighting is easy for us because we are firefighters too. Visit us online for personalized firefighter gifts of brotherhood.
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