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Smoke alarms that are 10 years old are near the end of their service life and should be replaced. Some people think that their smoke alarm sits idle until smoke is present. But it is working every minute, constantly monitoring the air 24 hours a day. For example, an ionization smoke alarm goes through 3.5 million monitoring cycles in 10 years. In a photoelectric smoke alarm, a light operates 24 hours a day to check for smoke particles in the air.
Just like any electrical appliance, the components of smoke alarms wear out over time. When a smoke alarm reaches 10 years of use, the potential of failing to detect a fire increases substantially. Replacing them after 10 years reduces the likelihood of failure.
Yes. The Fire Department does grant permits for a controlled fire on the ground in the designated area with the following provisions:
A permit letter is issued from the Deputy Fire Marshal’s office. Request must be made in writing. Copies of permit letter are sent to the police department for their information.
In an emergency, call 911 immediately.
Emergencies need to be reported to 911. Trained dispatchers have the tools to dispatch the CLOSET and most appropriate resources along with helping identify where the emergency is located. Remember firefighters are not always in the fire station, so they may not be able to answer the phones.
An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the fire department, ambulance or police. Examples include:
- A fire- A crime, especially if in progress- A car crash, especially if someone is injured- A medical emergency, such as someone who is unconscious, gasping for air or not breathing, experiencing an allergic reaction, having chest pain, having uncontrollable bleeding, or any other symptoms that require immediate medical attention
Important: If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the dispatcher determine whether you need emergency help. Please remember, you are not alone and there is a trained and certified individual who will help you through the process.
When you call 911, be prepared to answer the dispatcher’s questions, which may include:
- The location of the emergency, including the street address- The phone number you are calling from- The nature of the emergency- Details about the emergency, such as a physical description of a person who may have committed a crime, a description of any fire that may be burning, or a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced by a person having a medical emergency
Remember, the dispatcher’s questions are important to get the right kind of help to you quickly.
Be prepared to follow any instructions the dispatcher gives you. Many 911 centers can tell you exactly what to do to help in an emergency until help arrives, such as providing step-by-step instructions to aid someone who is choking or needs first aid or CPR.
Finally, do not hang up until the call-taker instructs you to.