For your Safety
Can we find you in an Emergency?
How easy is it for someone to find your home? Can they see your address driving by at night or during inclement weather? Imagine someone desperately needing emergency help, but rescuers have a difficult time locating the home because house numbers are not clearly visible in the dark as they search for the address. Unfortunately, this has happened in our community. Responders have the equipment to provide help, but struggle to find the address they are dispatched to.
You can help us, help you, by making sure that your house number is clearly marked at the road and visible during inclement weather. Reflective address signs are available at the Kidron Volunteer Fire Department at no cost to community members in our response area, however, donations for the signs will be accepted.
Wayne County Emergency Alert System, 911ALERT.ME
You can sign up for Wayne County Emergency Alerts to be sent directly to your phone or cell phone. You have several options for what kind of alerts you want to receive and in what format you want them sent to you. The website for you to sign up directly is 911alert.me. You can also contact us for more information.
Heating Tips to for Your Communities
As temperatures begin to fall, fire safety educators should start thinking about how best to communicate safe heating practices to those in our communities.
When crafting safety messaging for our communities, consistency is key! Using standard messaging from organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. Fire Administration and your State Fire Marshal's office ensures the most helpful tips are communicated more clearly.
To help get started, below are some of the most common, life-saving tips for heating homes safely this fall and winter:
- All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from any heaters.
- Never use ovens and stoves to heat your home.
- Always turn off space heaters when leaving a room or going to bed.
- Space heaters should be plugged directly into the wall. Power strips and extension cords will overheat too quickly when a heater is plugged in to them.
- When using a fuel-burning space heater, open a window to reduce carbon monoxide exposure and ensure proper ventilation.
- Know your community’s regulations for the use of kerosene heaters. These are illegal in some jurisdictions.
- Always use the correct fuel for your heating appliance. NEVER add a fuel that is not meant for that equipment.
- Burn only dry, seasoned wood in your wood-burning stove or fireplace. It is cleaner for the environment and reduces flammable buildup in the chimney.
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them inspected each year by a qualified professional.
- Remember: burning any fuel, including wood, creates carbon monoxide. Install carbon monoxide alarms that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Installing them to manufacturer instructions will help provide early warning to related dangers.