Messages from the Eaton’s Neck Fire Departmentr />
By Rich Baer
In the event of an emergency situation,
call 757-5700 immediately. Trained members of the
fire department will respond to provide help.
Although winter should be ending, snow continues to
fall. If you have a fire hydrant in front of
your home, please make a path to the hydrant in
order that firefighters can access the hydrant
and get water to extinguish a fire. Thank you.
The nature of fire is such that each year 2,500
people and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the
U.S. The monetary cost is $7.3 billion annually.Home
fires can be prevented.
protect yourself, it is important to
understand the basic characteristics of fire. Fire
spreads quickly, there is no time to gather
valuables or make a phone call. In just to minutes,
a fire can become life-threatening. In
five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.
Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than
the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your
lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you
disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by
a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep.
Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths,
exceeding burns by a three to one ratio.
Fire is FAST, in less
than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely
out of control and turn into a major fire.
Fire is HOT! Heat
is more threatening than flames. A fire’s heat
alone can kill. Room temperatures in a
fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise
to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this
super-hot air will scorch your lungs. This heat
can melt clothes to your skin. In five
minutes, a room can get so hot that everything
in it ignites at once. This is called flashover!
Fire is DARK. It
is not bright, its pitch black. Fire starts
bright, but quickly produces black smoke and
complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire, you
may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find
your way around the home you have lived in for
Fire is DEADLY.
Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than
flames do. Fire uses up oxygen you need and
produces smoke poisonous gases that kill.
Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic
gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short
of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can
lull you into a deep sleep before the flames
reach your door.
It is only when we know the true nature of fire that
we can prepare our families and ourselves.
Make a family fire escape plan and practice it. Be
sure that smoke and C O alarms are working, test
them each month. Replace them according to the