United Volunteer Fire & Rescue's Safety Tip
(Grownups will have fun with these too!)
Test the batteries in your smoke detector monthly.
Replace the batteries each fall when you reset your clocks in October!
Dial 911 for emergencies such as...
- Needing immediate police assistance
- Vehicle accidents
- A person is seriously ill or injured
- Smoke, fire, fumes, a gas leak, power lines down, or people trapped.
Be prepared to answer the calltaker's questions...
- What is the emergency?
- Where is the emergency?
- What is your name and phone number?
- How many people are injured?
- Is anybody in danger or trapped?
We recommend that every home have at least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm, such as the one shown here. It should be mounted somewhere near the sleeping area of your home. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that is sometimes referred to as "the silent killer". It is produced by fuel-burning appliances, such as gas or oil furnaces, gas dryers and water heaters, internal combustion engines, fireplaces, and kerosene heaters. These alarms can give sufficient warning to you before the CO builds up to lethal levels.
Every home and business should have at least one working type ABC multipurpose fire extinguisher! It's best to have one on each level of your house, as well as in one in your garage. One in the trunk of your car couldn't hurt, either! Make sure everyone knows how to operate it. The simplest way to remember is the word PASS: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep the stream along the base of the flames.
DON'T PARK IN FRONT OF FIRE HYDRANTS!!!
Pennsylvania state law prohibits parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant!
When you're out shopping, remember that the curb lane directly alongside the building is designated as the "FIRE LANE." This is because the sprinkler and standpipe connections are in the area and in case of a fire, quick and easy access to them is necessary. The fire lane is normally marked with yellow paint and signs similar to the one shown at left. The fire lane is also used by police and EMS vehicles for emergency situations. Most municipalities strictly enforce fire lane parking laws and have stiff fines for parking there illegally. The few seconds you save by parking illegally in the fire lane may cost you a lot financially in the long run. It could also possibly cost someone their life in an emergency!
Fire safety presentations for children are available by contacting Mark Frederick at 412-672-6024.
- Babysitting Safety
- Barbecue Safety
- Candle Fire Safety
- Carbon Monoxide
- Family Emergency Plan
- Fire Extinguishers
- Home Fire Prevention Checklist
- Home Fire Safety
- Is Your Number Up?
- Kitchen Fire Safety
- Mail Safety
- Motor Vehicle Fires
- PA Emergency Preparedness Guide
- Poison Safety
- Smoke Alarms
- Stop, Drop, & Roll
- Swimming Pool Safety