In conjunction with this years’ Fire Prevention Week (FPW) the Payson Fire Department would like to invite all residents and visitors to join them in an open house. The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign (Oct. 9 through 15), “Protect Your Family from Fire,” sends a reminder of the importance of preparing and protecting your family from the dangers of home fires.
While this year’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) theme throws a wide loop in regards to items to be presented, the Payson Fire Department focused in on three main topics.
Working Smoke Alarms: Make sure your home has working smoke alarms, test them monthly and change the batteries annually. Replace alarms if you believe they are 10 years old or older. Preference is an alarm in each sleeping area and one on every level of your home. If you need an alarm and can not afford one, contact the department to have one installed free of charge.
Home Escape Planning: As a family create a home escape plan and know two ways out of each room. Practice your plan, and include all family members in the drills. “Once Out — Stay Out,” never go back inside regardless of the circumstances. Smoke is a major component in residential fire deaths. Have a “Safe Meeting Place” that all family members are familiar with, and where everyone gathers once outside of the structure. Tell visitors and childcare providers of the plan and safe meeting place as well.
Home Addressing: If we can’t find you, we can’t help you. Home addressing should be large enough to be seen from the roadway. The numbers should be illuminated in the evenings if possible. Trim back trees and shrubs to allow a clear vision of your home address numbers and allow large fire trucks access down the driveway if needed. Minutes lost looking for your house numbers are important minutes that should be dedicated to emergency care.
Please join us for our open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at any of the Payson Fire Department fire station locations.
Station 11, 400 W. Main Street
Station 12, 108 E. Rancho Road
Station 13, 103 S. Rim Club Drive, our newest station directly across the highway and east of Payson Concrete.
For further information on the open house events or directions, please call the Payson Fire Department at 928-4574-5242 Ext. 300
To learn more about this year’s FPW, log on to “FirePreventionWeek.org”
Until next time be “Fired Up” about fire safety in your home.