October is Fire Safety Month
October 24, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - With winter almost here and the Holiday seasons
approaching, the Ketchikan Fire Department would like to remind
everyone to make sure their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
detectors are working properly, are installed in the proper locations,
and have adequate power supplies. like new batteries.
Point Higgins sixth
grader Alex Beaver extinguishing a fire after learning how to
use a fire extinguisher. Sixth graders at Point Higgins will
be presenting their own Fire Safety Presentations to younger
classes on Friday. October is National Fire Safety Month.
Photographer is sixth grader Kage Zink
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
is a silent killer. It is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless
and toxic gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion.
Because it is impossible to see, taste, or smell, CO can kill
you before you even know it's present. Each year in the United
States, carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 500 lives.
Carbon Monoxide comes from
many different sources. Gas fired appliances, oil furnaces,
charcoal grills, wood stoves, and motor vehicles.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide
poisoning can include
flu like symptoms such as: headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea,
fatigue, unconsciousness, and even death. Homeowners, renters,
and boat owner/ live-aboards need to have working smoke detectors
and carbon monoxide detectors. If you suspect the presence of
carbon monoxide or carbon monoxide poisoning, evacuate the premises
immediately and call the Fire Department.
Carbon monoxide detectors
are required by Alaska State law
in any residence that has fuel fired heating and cooking equipment
and now is the time to prevent a needless death or illness.
So, take a few minutes and:
Never use the furnace room/
water heater room for storage. Stored items can obstruct proper
ventilation to fuel-fired equipment.
Have your heating and cooking
equipment serviced by a professional annually.
Never use charcoal or similar
Make sure flues and dampers
are cleared of obstructions and animals.
Never leave automobile engines
running inside of garages or carports.
Never use your oven to heat
If you have an emergency, the
number to call anywhere on the island is "911".
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