Are you prepared for a fire?

Although it’s difficult to prepare for the unexpected, reviewing the information below and taking action based on it to plan for a fire is strongly recommended… and don't forget to practice your escape plan !

Install working smoke alarms on every level; and inside and outside of each sleeping area.

  • Develop a fire escape plan that identifies two ways out of each room and a family meeting place outside.
  • Make sure your plan allows for any specific needs in your household. If everyone knows what to do, everyone can get out quickly.
  • Practice using the plan, at least twice a year.
  • Some studies have shown that some children and adults may not awaken to the sound of a smoke alarm; they may need help waking up.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds: Go to your closest exit, and if you run into smoke, turn and use another way out. If you must exit through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Don't take time to pick up belongings; just get out and help others get out. Move fast but stay calm.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has an excellent video which shows just how quickly a fire can make your home an inferno.

 

How can we prepare?

 

The United States Fire Administration has great information and activities designed just for kids to teach them about fire safety. It's never too early to teach children how to escape from a fire. There is even a page dedicated to the resources that parents and educators can use to educate kids about fire prevention, preparation, and safety.

 

Test Your Fire Sprinkler Knowledge!!

 

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Click here to test your residential fire sprinkler knowledge!!

 

Click here for another residential fire sprinkler game!!

Dry Hydrant Program

The Eureka Fire Protection District Dry Hydrant Program provides developments with alternative means to provide for fire protection water supplies.

 
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Dry Hydrant Definition
 
A non-pressurized permanent pipe assembly system installed into a water source that permits the withdrawal of water by suction
 
Click Here to view a copy of Eureka Fire Protection District Ordinance # 29 - Dry Hydrants
 

Commercial Fire Prevention Inspections

Routine commercial fire prevention inspections allow the Eureka Fire Protection District to help the occupants of commercial occupancies mitigate fire hazards and insure that fire and life safety features of these occupancies are in place and working as they should. 

Important occupant telephone contact numbers are confirmed so that if there is an incident after business hours we can contact someone with authority to make decisions for that occupancy.

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Commercial Fire Prevention Inspection Schedule By Occupancy

 

Occupancy
Examples
Inspection Schedule
High Life Hazard Occupancies
Nursing Homes, Senior Living Facilities, Daycares
Quarterly
High Capacity Assembly Occupancies
Large Capacity Churches
Community Center
Quarterly
Schools
Public and Private Schools
3 Times a year
Restaurants and facilities that have commercial cooking equipment
 
Semi Annually
Mechanic, Repair Facilities, and Convenience Stores
Convenience Stores, Auto Repair, Auto Body, Small Engine Repair
Semi Annually
Hotels and Motels
 
Semi Annually
Low Hazard Commercial Occupancies
Antique Stores, Business Offices, Merchants, Medical Offices
Annually

 

Commercial Fire Prevention Important Items We Inspect (Generic, and not all we look at):
 
Exterior

Address visible on occupancy including rear doors

FD Connection Clear and Visible

Gas Meter Crash Protection

Knox Box Present with Correct Keys

Electric Service Accessible

Fire Hydrant Clear and Accessible

Portable Tanks Secure and Capped

Flammable Liquids Properly Stored

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Interior

Improper Use of Extension Cords

Portable Tanks Secure and Capped 

Flammable Liquids Properly Stored

Electrical Breaker Panel Unobstructed

No Storage in Mechanical Rooms

Exits

Exits Free from Obstructions

Exit Signs Operating on both Building Power and Battery Backup

Emergency Lights Operate on Battery Power

Fire Escapes Properly Maintained

Exit Doors Functioning Properly

Emergency Exit Hardware Functioning Properly

Exit Pathways Clear and Appropriate Width

Emergency Evacuation Plan Posted (If Required)  

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Fire Extinguishers

Adequate and Appropriate Extinguishers in Correct Locations

Easily Accessible

Annual Service by a Licensed Service Technician

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 Fire Alarm System

Fire Alarm Control Panel

Audible Alarm

All Devices In Service (No Trouble Signals)

System Annually Serviced by a Licensed Service Technician

System Diagram Available 

Fire Sprinkler System

Sprinkler Head Clearance

Alarm Valves (Tamper Switch or Locked Open)

Shutoff Valves Open (Tamper Switch or Locked Open)

FD Connection

Annual Test and Inspection by a Licensed Service Technician

Extra Heads / Wrench

Monitored

System Diagram Available

  

Commercial Kitchen Equipment and Suppression Systems

Hood and Ducts Cleaned and Tagged every 6 Months

Hood and Duct Suppression System Serviced by a Licensed Service Technician every 6 Months

Appliances in Correct Location

K Class Extinguisher, Location, Annual Service.

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Administrative

Use Permit Posted and in Good Order

Check Occupant Emergency Contact Phone Numbers