FIRE SAFETY TIPS FROM THE CHIEF
From: Chief John Maynard
RED OAK FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFERS TIPS FOR A SAFE HOLIDAY
The Chief reminds all Red Oak Area residents to follow these fire prevention safety tips:
- Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage.
- On average, one of every 22 home fires started by Christmas trees result in death.
- Candle fires are four times as likely to occur during the winter holidays.
- During the winter holiday season, an average of 40 home fires per day are caused by children playing.
- Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
- Keep an eye on what you fry
- Keep things that can catch fire away from cooking area
- Be alert when cooking
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove top.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stove top
If you have a cooking fire:
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- Select a fresh Christmas tree that has been kept in water at all times. The needles on a fresh tree should be green and hard to pull from branches. When the trunk of a tree is bounced on the ground, a shower of falling needles show that the tree is too dry and is a fire hazard.
- Leave the tree outside until ready to decorate.
- The tree stand should hold at least one gallon of water. A 6' tree will use one gallon of water every two days. The water level should be checked daily.
- Secure the tree with wire to keep it from tipping and be sure the tree is placed at least three feet from floor heaters, fire places, or other heat sources.
- Dispose of the tree properly.
- Never burn a real tree, wreaths, or wrapping paper in a fireplace.
- Inspect lights before using them to ensure they don’t have frayed wires, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, or excessive wear. Avoid overloading electrical outlets.
- Turn off Christmas lights when you sleep, or if you will be away from home for an extended time. Never use candles in place of light strands, even on artificial trees.
- Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage.
- Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
- All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant.
- Never place trimmings near open flames or electrical connections
- Remove all wrapping paper from trees and fireplace areas immediately after presents are opened.
- Keep matches, lighters and candles out of reach of children. Avoid smoking near flammable decorations.
The holiday season is a joyful time in Pitt County, filled with generosity, warmth, family and tradition, Chief Maynard reminds everyone to make it a safe time as well.
Tue. Nov 24th 2015
On 11/24/2015 @ 1251 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a MVC with injuries at the intersection of Davenport Farm Rd. and Thomas Langston Rd. 5103(Squad 3) and 5101(Wagon 1) responded. Upon arrival, units found 2 vehicles involved with one still in the roadway just west of the int...
Tue. Nov 24th 2015
On 11/24/2015, shortly before noon, Red Oak Station 51 assisted a stranded motorist at the intersection of SW Greenville Bv., and Dickinson Ave. 5101(Wagon 1) came upon the stranded motorist while out on meal break. Apparatus was used to divert traffic around the vehicle until it could be safely rem...
Sat. Nov 21st 2015
On 11/21/2015 @ 1959 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a MVC with injuries in the 4300-Blk of Dickinson Ave. Ext. 5103(Squad 3) responded. upon arrival, units found a two vehicle incident involving a farm worker bus and a passenger car with minor damage. The incident was off the ...
Thu. Nov 19th 2015
On 11/19/2015 @ 1855 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to assist Bell Arthur EMS in the 500-Blk of Huntingridge Rd. 5110(QRV 51) and 5120(Car 1) responded. Upon arrival, all units were canceled. All units cleared and returned to quarters.
Thu. Nov 19th 2015
On 11/19/2015 @ 0632 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a service call in the 1400-Blk of Davenport Farm Rd. 5101(Wagon 1) responded. Upon arrival, personnel made contact with the homeowner who advised of a "funny smell in the residence". Personnel checked the residence ...