Starting this week, the Orange Beach Fire Department would like to invite the public to send questions about home fire or life safety issues to the "Ask a Firefighter" column in the City of Orange Beach Newsletter to be answered by your local firefighters. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or text 251-597-0472.
REDUCING FIRE RISKS AT HOME
Your local firefighters would like to remind you that there are simple steps that you can take to reduce fire risk in your home.
Working smoke alarms should be installed on every floor and in every bedroom of your residence. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms, tested monthly. If you are in need of smoke alarms for your home, please contact our office at 251-597-0472. In addition to working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, each residential home should have at least two fire extinguishers available. It is a good idea to review how to use a fire extinguisher and make sure yours is accessible and unexpired.
Make safety your first ingredient while cooking this holiday season! Cooking fires start when the heat gets too high. If you see smoke or if the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off. Do not put water on a grease fire. Unattended cooking was the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties.
Close your bedroom door at night. The “Close Before You Doze” safety initiative comes as the result of over 10 years of research. This research has proven that a closed door could save lives by keeping deadly heat and smoke out of the room. Tests have shown unsurvivable fire damage in hallways, yet minimal heat and smoke damage in an adjacent room protected by a closed door. Closing a door before you go to bed can make the difference between life and death.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your family and your home is to plan ahead. If a fire occurs, you may have only 1 to 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to. Consider drawing a floor plan of your home for children and mark two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Select an outside meeting place, and instill in children to never hide when there is a fire. Firefighters recommend that you make your home escape drill as realistic as possible and practice it twice a year.
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