KFD Gives Winter Fire Safety
February 03, 2004
Tuesday - 12:40 am
This year's cold wave brings snow to the Ketchikan area. Although
a welcomed change by many from our usual damp conditions, the
cold and snow can also bring hidden dangers to local businesses
and homeowners. The Ketchikan Fire Department would like to give
you a few tips to help prevent damage to your homes or businesses
from unwelcome water or fire and the danger to your family from
toxic carbon monoxide (CO) fumes.
- Heat-tapes on plumbing and
in gutters or downspouts must be properly installed and maintained
regularly to prevent overheating and the possibility of fire.
- Should your pipes freeze,
never leave portable heaters or other equipment used to thaw
frozen pipes unattended.
- Water and electricity "DO
NOT MIX". Use caution when using any type of electrical
equipment near pipes or in damp environments.
- Chimneys and flues need to
be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis to prevent (not
only) fire, but the creation of carbon monoxide fumes that can
lead to sickness or death. Check for obstructions, damage, and
discoloration. If you think there may be a problem, you're probably
- Fire hydrants need to be kept
clear of snow and obstructions so, when we need them, we can
get to them quickly and safely. Time is one of our biggest adversaries
and everything you can do to help saves us time.
- Vehicles parked on narrow
streets often create problems for fire apparatus or ambulances.
Make sure when you park your vehicle; "always" leave
enough room for emergency vehicles to get by. It may be your
house or your family member that needs our help.
- Do not park in fire lanes,
block access to fire hydrants, or obstruct fire protection equipment.
This can hamper fire suppression operations as well as prevent
rapid response on a medical emergency.
- Drive smart!!! Always check
your rearview mirror(s). With our narrow (snow covered) roads,
fire apparatus need more room. Don't slam on your brakes if an
emergency vehicle approaches you from behind, pull to the right
at your earliest convenience and allow the emergency vehicle
to pass safely.
- "Smoke Alarms Save Lives".
Make sure your smoke alarms are installed properly. Make sure
you test yours regularly. A new battery is a real cheap insurance
If you have any questions regarding
winter fire safety, smoke alarms, or other questions regarding
your fire department, contact The Ketchikan Fire Department (Fire
Prevention Division) at 225-5940.
Source of News Release:
Ketchikan Fire Department
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