Chief’s Fall Winter Message 2016

Fall in Wisconsin brings out all kinds of activities as well as changes. You need to change smoke alarm batteries, check you CO monitor, and replace any smoke alarms that are ten years or older. 

We have just covered Fire Prevention and safety with preschoolers to 3rd graders and I’m sure they would like to add their knowledge about fire safety and a meeting place. Not only encourage their input but have them lead a practice as well.

And as winter approaches quickly, people will be spending more time inside; we need our chimneys, furnaces and space heaters checked. Here are a few reminders for the holiday season and our Wisconsin winter:

Get your flu shot and wash your hands!  Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.  Hot water, soap, and wash for at least 30 seconds.

  • If you are still raking leaves, be sure to stand upright and pull from your arms and legs; not your back. Don’t over fill leaf bags and bend at the knees and use your legs when picking them up.
  • Have a family drill even though you had one during fire prevention month in October.
  • Do not use space heater to dry hats, gloves, or other outside articles of clothing.
  • Do not use your gas stove or an open oven door to warm your kitchen or your home. Toxic air may be released.
  • If you use a portable or space heater, remember to shut it off if you leave the house.
  • Remove the lint that collects in dryer vents.
  • Check outdoor light fixtures to make sure they work properly. These can safe guard against falls and neighborhood crime.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn of broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in-bulbs.
  • Home fires are more prevalent in the winter than any other time and cooking is the leading cause of all residential fires.
  • Invest in flameless candles.  Almost half of all home decoration fires are started by candles.

Remember, if you a life threatening emergency call 911. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!