Main Office, 389 N. Pioneer St., Lowell, Oregon 97452 Phone 541-937-3393
HOLIDAYS NEED TO INCLUDE FIRE PREVENTION AWARENESS
With the holiday season in full swing, Lowell Fire District urges everyone to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.
According to the Oregon State Fire Marshals Office, from 2009 through 2013, there were 3,888 residential fires in Oregon during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires resulted in six deaths, 175 injuries, and more than $25.6 million in property losses.
Don’t let the busy and exciting Holiday season distract you from keeping your family and friends safe from fire and preventable medical emergencies. Here are some simple tips that can make your holiday season safer
Tree care and decorating tips:
* Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
* When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
* Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
* Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
* Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
* Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
* If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
* After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
* Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
* Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer's directions indicate it is safe.
* Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
* Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
* Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
* Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
* Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
* Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
* Always use a flashlight - not a candle - for emergency lighting.
General fire safety
* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
* Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.
For more information on fire safety visit the Oregon Fire Marshal's Office Site
Community Emergency Notification System
Public safety agencies in Lane County are expanding the capabilities of their Community Emergency Notification System, or CENS, so that public officials can reach more members of the community with timely alert and warning information. With CENS and the "Alert Me" registration, critical emergency situation information can be relayed to you. Owners of VoIP or cellular phone lines can now receive the same emergency message as those with land-line phones, but only if they register.
Learn more about the CENS and VoIP emergency alerting systems by going to www.lcog.org/alertme
There you can register for emergency alerts and learn more about the system. Be aware. Be alert. Register Today.
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The Resident Volunteer Program provides station living accommodations, educational opportunities and experience in Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services. For more information on the Resident Program contact Chief Hoehn at 541-937-3393 or follow this link for an application and information.
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