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Fire Prevention

Recently, a new national study reveals that for most Americans, home fires rank highest on the list of top disaster concerns, along with terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

The "2006 Fire Safety Census," released by Liberty Mutual and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), reports that of those polled the biggest concerned were in the following order; fire in the home, terrorist attacks, tornados, hurricanes,  earthquakes and finally floods. The telephone survey interviewed more than 1,000 Americans 25 years old and older during August 2006. The results are profiled online at , Liberty Mutual's new interactive fire safety and prevention website.

Despite this high anxiety around home fires, the survey further reveals that many Americans are dangerously negligent when it comes to taking fire precautions and are largely uninformed about what to do if a fire occurs - steps that can dramatically impact their chances of surviving a fire.

Based on the survey results, Liberty Mutual and the IAFF have developed fire safety recommendations for families to stay safe and be prepared. Top tips are:

  • Test smoke alarms once a month.
  • Change smoke alarm batteries once a year - at an easy-to-remember time, such as when clocks are changed.
  • Replace a smoke alarm that's more than 10 years old.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher, mount it, and learn how to use it.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended or near combustible materials.
  • If a fire alarm sounds, or smoke is visible, evacuate first and then call the fire department.
  • Close doors behind you when leaving the room and building to slow the spread of fire and smoke.
  • Plan an escape route that shows two ways out of each room.
  • Identify a meeting place near the home.
  • Practice an escape plan - during the day and night - at least twice a year.
  • Talk to children frequently about preventing fires and escaping fires.
  • Do not leave a stove or oven on unattended.
  • Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from all combustible materials and never leave them on unattended.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm.
  • Do not overload power strips.

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 Calls for Service 2010

 441 - EMS Alarms
 63 - Outdoor Electrical
 51 - PIAA’s
 39 - Mutual Aid Request
 28 - Automatic Alarms
 25 - Structure Fires
 21 - Public Service
 18 - Investigations
 10 - CO Alarms
 8 - Brush Fires
 8 - Control Burn
 5 - Vehicle Fire
 4 - HAZMAT Incidents
 1 - Furnace Malfunction
 1 - Mattress Fire

  723 Total Alarms

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