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October is Fire Prevention Month but it’s important your family is prepared and stays safe all year long!  The Keeping Michigan S.A.F.E.™ Installation Program has created a list of area smoke alarm and/or carbon monoxide alarm installation programs across West Michigan.  Check it out below!

Allegan County:

  • Dorr Township Fire Department – 616-681-9874
  • Fennville Area Fire Department – 269-561-2148
  • Ganges Township Fire Department – 269-227-3806
  • Graafschap Fire and Rescue – 616-396-4060
  • Salem Township Fire – 616-292-7789
  • Saugatuck Township Fire District – 269-857-3000
  • Wayland Fire Department – 269-779-2999

Barry County:

  • Yankee Springs Fire Department – 269-779-299

Branch County

Calhoun County:

  • Battle Creek Fire Department – 269-966-3519
  • Marengo Township Fire Department – 269-781-8422

Eaton County:

Kalamazoo County:

  • American Red Cross – 269-353-6180
  • Kalamazoo Township Fire Department – 269-888-2171 – tckowalski@ktwp.org
  • Portage Department of Public Safety – Fire Division – 269-329-4487

Kent County:

  • American Red Cross – 616-456-8661
  • Byron Township Fire Department – 616-878-9174 – mtilma@byrontwpfire.com
  • Cutlerville Fire Department – 616-455-7670
  • Dutton Fire Department  – 616-541-0119
  • Grand Rapids Fire Department – 616-456-3966
  • Kent City Fire Department – 616-678-4330 – kentcityfire@gmail.com
  • Kentwood Fire Department – 616-554-0800
  • Lowell Area Fire Department – 616-897-7354 – switherell@ci.lowell.mi.us
  • Walker Fire Department – 616-791-6840
  • Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan (must live in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, or Wyoming and have a resident child 14 years of age or younger. Both tenants and owners are eligible) – 616-241-3300 or email info@healthyhomescoalition.org.

Montcalm County:

  • Home Township Fire Department (Edmore) – 989-427-3211

Muskegon County:

  • Blue Lake Township Fire Department – 231-288-9220
  • Casnovia Township Fire Department  – 231-834-7066
  • Dalton Township Fire Department – 231-766-3277
  • Egelston Fire Department – 231-788-2254
  • Fruitport Township Fire Department  – 231-773-9312
  • Holton Township Fire Department – 231-343-6861
  • Montague Fire District Authority – 231-893-3311
  • Moorland Township Fire Department – 231-769-9402
  • Muskegon Charter Township Fire Department – 231-773-4316
  • Muskegon Heights Fire Department – 231-733-8893
  • Muskegon City Fire Department – 231-724-6795
  • North Muskegon Fire Department  – 231-744-1766
  • Norton Shores Fire Department – 231-799-6809 – nsfd.firemarshal@mcd911.net
  • Ravenna Fire Department – 231-638-1142
  • White Lake Fire Authority – 231-893-6503

Newaygo County:

Oceana County:

Ottawa County:

  • Allendale Fire Department – 616-895-6295, ext. 30
  • Coopersville/Polkton Fire Rescue – 231-638-1444 – DeputyFireChief@cpfd7004.org
  • Crockery Township Fire Department  – 616-837-6700 (fire station) or 616-837-6868 (township hall)
  • Grand Haven Department of Public Safety – 616-842-3460 mdilley@grandhaven.org
  • Spring Lake Fire Department – 616-215-1590

St. Joseph County:

  • White Pigeon Township Fire Department – 269-483-9414

Van Buren County:

For more information on fire safety or to find a smoke alarm installation program near your community, call toll free 1-844-978-4400 or email escape@wotv4women.com.

 



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E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc., an award-winning fire safety organization is teaming up with AARP Michigan, WOTV 4 Women, the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®), First Alert®, the National Volunteer Fire Council and the Michigan fire service for Fire Prevention Week 2020.  This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™  The campaign runs from October 4-10 and works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States.  Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen.  Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. “Cooking fires are preventable,” said Firefighter Michael McLeieer, president and founder of the non-profit charity E.S.C.A.P.E.  “It’s important that people stay in the kitchen when they are cooking, use a timer as a reminder when the food is done and avoid distractions such as electronics or televisions.  These are some of the important steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes,” according to McLeieer.

A cooking fire can grow quickly.  Each year many homes are damaged and people are injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.

E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc. and AARP Michigan offer this recipe for Fire-Safe Cooking.

  • Keep an eye on what you fry.  Never leave cooking food unattended.  Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling.  If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Stand by your pan.  If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert and awake when cooking.  Alcohol and some drugs can make you sleepy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking.  If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flames.  Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so no one can bump them or pull them over.
  • Have a “kid-free and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities Where You Live, please contact your local fire department.  For more information about cooking fire prevention, visit www.nfpa.org/fpw or www.escapeinc.org.

 

 



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Interview with E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc. president Lt. Michael McLeieer Monday September 29, 2020 at 8:50 a.m. on WKZO AM 590 or FM 106.9.

As the temperatures cool down outside, you may want to start a fire in the fireplace or turn on the furnace to stay warm, but is your chimney ready to handle the heat?

National Chimney Safety Week 2020 is September 27 – October 3 and is designed to educate homeowners on the inherent dangers of fireplaces and provide them with tips to reduce their risk of suffering a chimney fire or carbon monoxide-related health emergency.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), an average of 17,600 chimney fires occurred annually in the United States between 2015 and 2017, and although this represents a significant drop from previous years, the Chimney Safety Institute of America believes there’s still much room for improvement. CSIA’s vision is that every family enjoys a safe, warm home.

The Facts About Chimney Fires

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Your chimney–and the flue that lines it–adds architectural interest to your home, but its’ real function is to carry dangerous flue gases from your fireplace, wood stove or furnace safely out of your home.    As you relax in front of your fireplace or bask in the warmth of your wood stove, the last thing you are likely to be thinking about is the condition of your chimney.  However, if you don’t give some thought to it before you light those winter fires, your enjoyment may be very short-lived.

Why?

Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage structures, destroy homes and injure or kill people. ​   Indications of a chimney fire have been described as creating: loud cracking and popping noise a lot of dense smoke, and an intense, hot smell ​Chimney fires can burn explosively – noisy and dramatic enough to be detected by neighbors or people passing by.  Flames or dense smoke may shoot from the top of the chimney.  Homeowners report being startled by a low rumbling sound that reminds them of a freight train or a low flying airplane.  However, those are only the chimney fires you know about.

Chimney fires are preventable.  When burning wood, only use dry, seasoned wood.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends chimneys be inspected annually and cleaned as-needed.  Having your chimney inspected by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep before lighting your first fire of the season, is the number one way to prevent potential damage to your home or even the loss of life that may result from a damaged or blocked chimney.

E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety reminds you with more than 1,800 CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps located across the United States, it has never been easier to find one near you.  To locate your nearest CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, visit www.csia.org/search and enter your zip code into the locator search tool.



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Now that the end of summer is near, here are some tips for safely storing your charcoal.

As summertime is coming to an end, what do you do with your leftover charcoal?  If charcoal is not properly stored, it may not light the next time you want to use it.

What is charcoal?

Charcoal is a source of fuel used to cook or grill food.  The most common type many use for outdoor cooking is the charcoal briquette.  Wood-by-products such as sawdust are compressed to form charcoal.  The charcoal contains additives used during the making process.  These additives help to ignite the charcoal and make it burn easier.

Does charcoal go bad?

It is not easy for charcoal to go bad unless you fail to store it properly.  For example, charcoal briquettes and water do not go together.  Leaving charcoal out in the rain or even outside and exposed to fog, high humidity or dew means the briquettes will not light efficiently if at all.  To avoid this, always store your briquettes in a cool, dry place.  Just grab that bag and bring it back into the garage with you, or roll the top of the bag shut and place it in an empty metal trash can with the lid on it to protect the contents from the elements.  A metal container with a lid is fireproof and a safer choice than a plastic container which is more porous and can tend to attract moisture much more easily.

Seal the bag

According to Kingsford®, a leading brand of charcoal briquettes, some are treated with lighter fluid to help them get started faster.  However, if the bag is torn or left open for long periods of time, the solvent will evaporate.  This prevents the briquettes from lighting properly.  So to keep them fresh and easy to light the next time you are ready to ready to use them, roll the top of the bag to seal it tightly and store it in a well-ventilated, cool and dry place away from heat sources and open flames.

Shelf life

The shelf life of charcoal is usually listed on the bag (an average or 1 – 2 years if stored properly, the bag is unopened, free of tears or tightly sealed).  Store the charcoal container out of direct sunlight and in an area that is cool but not wet.  If you store charcoal in the basement, make sure you use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.

Disposal of hot coals

Never place hot coals in a plastic garbage can or a can full of trash inside your garage or next to your home.  Charcoal burns at approximately 500 degrees Fahrenheit and the ashes can retain their heat for up to 48 hours.  Always let your ashes cool for a full 48 hours before handling them.  When the ashes have completely cooled, go ahead and wrap them in aluminum foil and throw them in the garbage can.  Wrapping the ashes in aluminum foil is necessary because it prevents the ashes from potentially melting your plastic trash can or mixing with other trash that might cause a fire or explosion.

Safety first

Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so equip your kitchen and grilling area with a fire extinguisher or the EZ Fire Spray from First Alert® to be prepared!  The EZ Fire Spray’s small size is ideal to use and is smaller than a traditional fire extinguisher.  It discharges four times longer than a regular fire extinguisher, making it effective against common household fires including grilling and grease fires.  The portable size and aerosol spray nozzle makes using it fast and simple for use on incipient-stage fires at home, on boats, RVs, near the grill, and while traveling.  The biodegradable formula is easy to clean up by simply wiping with a damp cloth so you don’t have to worry about making a mess.  In case of a fire, always make sure occupants evacuate the building and have someone call 911 before using a fire extinguisher.  For more tips on how and when to use a fire extinguisher, visit the United States Fire Administration’s website.

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E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc.(SM), an award-winning non-profit fire safety organization headquartered in Kalamazoo has formed an exclusive partnership with First Alert® with the goal of eliminating home fire deaths across Michigan through the new campaign called “Keeping Michigan S.A.F.E.” (Smoke Alarms For Everyone).

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First Alert is the most trusted and recognized fire safety brand in America.  For more than 60 years, First Alert has designed and developed innovative safety solutions including a comprehensive line of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and escape ladders to protect what matters most.

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“For over a decade, Michigan continues to lead the country in civilian fire deaths.  This exclusive partnership will allow us to provide the resources and education that firefighters throughout Michigan are able to utilize in their local communities and reverse this deadly trend,” according to firefighter Michael McLeieer, president and founder of E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc. and immediate past president of the Michigan State Firemen’s Association.

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We are proud to partner with these leading fire service organization as we work together “Keeping Michigan S.A.F.E.tm” – The Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, Michigan Mutual Aid Box Alarm System and Michigan State Firemen’s Association.

We are excited to receive additional support for this project from the following partners:

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The above link is the live audio from the August 4th radio interview at 9:10 a.m. between Firefighter Michael McLeieer, founder of E.S.C.A.P.E. and Ken Lanphear, WKZO Morning Show host.

A fire in an office or store can be devasting to a community.  In addition to potential deaths and property loss, people may lose their jobs and the community may lose a vital service provided by the business.

The uncertain future caused by COVID-19 can also make the economic effect of a fire on a business much worse.  Some businesses may have a hard time recovering financially after being shut down for several months due to the pandemic.

Every year in the United States there are 17,000 office and store fires that cause over $800 million in direct property damage.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Cooking is the leading cause of office and store fires.  In 2018:

  • 33.2% of office and store fires were caused by cooking,
  • 10.9% were due to electrical malfunction,
  • 8.7% were due to heating,
  • 7.6% were caused by other unintentional reasons or carelessness, and
  • 7.1% were caused by appliances.

Many causes of office and store fires are the same as those for home fires.  Since emergencies happen when we least expect them, prevention and escape planning is essential.

The good news:  Modern building design and fire codes protect most offices and stores from fire.  However, according to ESCAPE Fire Safety, there are important fire safety practices that employees and employers should follow to help prevent workplace fires, keep workers safe and keep offices and stores open.

Employees should:

  • Check for damaged electrical cords and cables.  Don’t overload outlets and power strips.
  • Keep anything that can burn away from electrical equipment.
  • Never leave portable heating devices unattended.
  • Keep your workspace and equipment clean, dry and well ventilated.
  • Plan and practice multiple escape routes in case one is blocked.
  • Ensure windows can be opened and screens can be removed.
  • Remove any obstacles from exits.

Employers need to prepare for emergencies.

  • Make sure smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are properly installed and working.
  • Post clear fire escape plans on every level of a building.
  • Teach employees about exit locations, escape routes and fire protection equipment.
  • Check the condition of fire ladders and escapes.
  • Conduct regular emergency drills.

If there is a fire, building workers should:

  • Call 911.
  • Notify co-workers of the fire.
  • Never use the elevator if there is a fire or during a fire alarm activation.  Walk, don’t run, down the stairs.

If workers can’t evacuate, they should:

  • Seal door gaps with jackets.
  • Wait at the window.
  • Remain calm.

For more information on fire safety in a variety of workplaces, visit www.osha.org or www.escapeinc.org

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Photo courtesy of the West Bend (WI) Fire Department

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Using oxygen increases the risk of fire and burns.  When oxygen is used in the home, the amount of O2 in the air, furniture, clothing, and hair goes up, making it easier for a fire to start and spread.

The West Bend (WI) Fire Department responded to a residential fire alarm on Saturday July 25th.  The occupant had dropped a cigarette onto the oxygen tubing where it subsequently started on fire.

If you or a loved one uses home oxygen

  • Do not smoke
  • Make sure the home has working smoke alarms.  Test them monthly.
  • Have a home fire escape plan with a minimum of 2 ways out of every room and an outdoor meeting place.  Practice the plan at least twice a year.
  • Keep oxygen and tubing 10-feet away from heat sources such as candles, matches, lighters, heaters, wood stoves, electric razors, hair dryers, cooking stoves, and smoking materials.
  • Do not use petroleum-based products such as oil-based lip balms or lotions.  They catch fire easily.

Here is the entire post from the West Bend Fire Department’s Facebook page:

***Smoking while using oxygen is dangerous!***

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At 3:29 a.m. on Saturday, July 25th, 2020, the West Bend Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire alarm in the City of West Bend. A West Bend Police Department officer, Engine 1, Truck 2, and Battalion 1 responded to a two family side by side residence. A family member of the occupant was outside speaking to the officer upon arrival of fire department units.

The occupant had dropped a cigarette onto the oxygen tubing where it subsequently started on fire. The occupant stomped out the fire with their feet. While there were burn marks on the socks, luckily the occupant did not suffer any burn injuries. The occupant refused medical attention on the scene.

Please do not utilize smoking materials while using oxygen. The end result of this incident could have been a disaster. UW Hospital Burn Center in Madison had two admissions for burn injuries in March and April of 2020 for people who were burned while smoking and using oxygen. These incidents really do happen, they really cause damage, and they really do cause harm.

 



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With the recent increase in youth-set fires throughout Michigan and across the country, Firefighter Michael McLeieer, president and founder of E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc. spoke with Jim McKinney on the WKZO Morning Show on Monday July 27th at 9:10 a.m. about the dangers of youth firesetting.

Listen to the interview here:

For more tips on Youth Firesetting, visit:  http://escapeinc.org/safety-for-you-youth-firesettingwhat-you-can-do/

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Getting the right turnout gear for your department is critical, but it is just one component of firefighter health and safety. Firefighters need to understand not only the performance of their gear and proper donning and doffing techniques, but also the limitations of the gear. Today’s three-layer ensembles feature advanced protection using the most technically advanced materials; but the human body has not changed.

The 3-Layer System

A typical turnout has an outer shell, a moisture barrier, and then one, two, or three layers of fabric that make up the thermal lining package. Air is trapped in these thermal layers to insulate the firefighter from heat.

Outer Shell

The main purpose of the outer shell is to protect the firefighter from direct flame and heat; it also contributes to abrasion and cut protection as well as some thermal protection. Flame resistance is commonly measured by the Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI), which is the amount of oxygen required to make the material burn. Outer shells are blends of man-made petroleum products that have different LOI values. Many outer shells are blends of KEVLAR®, which has a low LOI, and PBI® or PBO, which have higher LOIs – the blend creating a synergy that enables the shell fabric to work at a higher temperature. The different mills that manufacture outer shell fabrics from these products also engineer additional attributes into their materials, such as strength, flexibility, and abrasion resistance.

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Embrittlement is a total breakdown of the outer shell. Even with the highest level of flame resistance, an outer shell will eventually break down when exposed to flames and could result in serious burns.

Dye sublimation occurs when the dye in an outer shell fabric dissipates in heat, generally at about 450°F. This discoloration does not automatically mean the outer shell is compromised, but it is a warning that all three layers of the garment must be inspected to validate whether the garment is safe to remain in service. Another cause of dye sublimation is exposure to ultraviolet rays, which is an indication that the garment is being stored improperly and could eventually lead to a complete loss of tensile strength.

Moisture Barrier

The primary purpose of the moisture barrier is to protect the firefighter from what NFPA 1971 refers to as the “common liquids”: swimming pool chlorine, battery acid, aqueous film forming foam, surrogate gasoline, fire-resistant hydraulic fluid, and automobile antifreeze fluid. Additionally, the moisture barrier provides protection from blood borne pathogens; it should be noted, however, that these tests are performed on as new fabric and for a limited period of time. The other purpose of the moisture barrier is to allow perspiration to move away from the wearer, also referred to as “breathability.”

The moisture barrier is typically a bi-component membrane bonded to a lightweight fabric substrate.

Thermal Liner

The thermal liner provides a majority of the thermal protection from the ambient heat in the room. Thermal liners consist of a face cloth and batting. The face cloth can be spun fiber or a blend of spun and filament fibers. The filament adds slickness to the face cloth, which makes it comfortable to wear and work in. A spun fiber means that the mill converts bales of fiber by spinning them into yarns. The yarns have protruding random fibers, which help wick moisture off the skin. The batting is typically NOMEX® and/or KEVLAR® fibers and can be a single-layer product like a felt, called needlepunch, or multiple layers of spun lace, which is produced by using water jets to entangle the filaments of the fiber.

Performance Testing

NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, has established minimum performance levels for personal protective equipment (PPE). This standard defines structural fire fighting as “the activities of rescue, fire suppression and property conservation in building, enclosed structures, vehicles, marine vessels, or like properties that are involved in a fire or emergency situation.’’ Fire departments respond to all types of activities and emergencies which is why NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, requires every fire department to perform a risk assessment in order to determine the appropriate gear for their specific firefighting tactics. This risk assessment should include, but not be limited to, the hazards that can be encountered by firefighters based on the following:

  1. Type of duties performed
  2. Distinguishing response activities for different potential incidents
  3. Organization’s experiences
  4. Incident operations
  5. Geographic location and climate
  6. Specific physical area of operation
  7. Likelihood of or response to CBRN terrorism incident
  8. Need for two sets of ensemble elements or spare ensemble elements

Structural turnout gear must pass numerous performance tests outlined in NFPA 1971, a few of which are:

  • TPP (Thermal Protective Performance) ‒ is used to measure the insulating performance of the three-layer system by evaluating how quickly heat is transferred from the outside of the garment to the inside when exposed to both convective and radiant heat.
  • THL (Total Heat Loss) ‒ is used to evaluate the amount of heat that can be transferred out of the garment composite via both sweat evaporation from the wearer’s skin and conduction through the garment to the outside environment.
  • Flame Test ‒ specifies time in seconds for materials used in construction to self-extinguish after exposure to direct flame, as well as allowable char length.
  • Heat and Thermal Shrinkage Test – is a 500°F for 5 minute oven exposure which is used to evaluate specific materials for shrinkage, melting, separation, ignition, or dripping. Hardware evaluated against this test must also remain functional following the exposure.
  • CCHR (Conductive, Compressive Heat Resistance) ‒ specifies minimum protective insulation in knees and shoulders, which are more likely to become compressed; thermal insulation is reduced under compression.
  • SET (Transmitted and Stored Thermal Energy Test) – is used to evaluate the ability of sleeve enhancements to store and then transfer heat through the composite to the skin.

Seconds vs. Minutes

All testing to the NFPA standards is intended to help keep firefighters protected in perilous and volatile environments where conditions can change in seconds. As explained above, one measure of turnout gear performance is the TPP test, which simulates a flashover condition.

If you take the TPP value of the garment composite and divide it in half, the result is roughly the number of seconds before a second-degree burn would occur. With a minimum requirement of 35, anything beyond 17.5 seconds (minimum TPP value ÷ 2) is sufficient to meet the standard. But firefighters cannot assume they have 17.5 seconds to escape a flashover. TPP testing is conducted in a controlled laboratory environment with an ambient temperature of 70°F. When a firefighter becomes trapped in a burning room, how hot is that fire? How hot is it when crawling on the floor? It is literally hundreds of degrees and getting hotter by the second. Additionally, during the time the firefighter is in that room, the gear is absorbing heat. A firefighter in a flashover might have only seconds before suffering second-degree burns because the temperature in the room is constantly escalating.

Visit the Globe website for more educational resources on turnout gear care, maintenance, materials, and more. You are also encourage to visit NFPA.org and review the NFPA standards for a complete listing of all of the multiple tests and requirements that gear must be evaluated against in order to be labeled as NFPA compliant.

Globe is located at 37 Loudon Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263.


 

 

 



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by:  Firefighter Michael McLeieer, President and Founder, E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety

Wednesday, July 15, is National Pet Fire Safety Day and Jake the Fire Safety Dog is teaching kids and adults how to stay safe in the event of an emergency!

Get Low and Go is what children and families learn when they watch demonstrations by Jake the Fire Safety Dog, a black Labrador retriever service canine dedicated to teaching fire safety techniques.

Jake was introduced in June of 2007 at the Maranda Park Parties and he was the newest addition, at that time, to the E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety program.  E.S.C.A.P.E. stands for Education Showing Children and Adults Procedures for Evacuations and this year marks the 25th anniversary for the non-profit fire safety charity.

Each year, children are seriously injured or killed in home fires.  Jake is able to bridge the educational gap, engage children and teach the traditional fire safety messages in the classroom and at large community events in a non-traditional way through his vivid demonstrations.

Some of the techniques Jake performed include:

  • Crawl Low Under Smoke
  • Get Out and Stay Out from a smoke-filled building
  • Assemble at a meeting place away from the home
  • Children should never go up to a strange animal without a trusted grown-up’s permission

“All kids love animals so when they see Jake the Fire Safety Dog come into the classroom and perform his demonstrations and crawl low under the smoke and fire, it just hits home more with them and they remember what to do in an emergency,” said Adam Munoz, a West Michigan elementary school teacher who has seen Jake in action in his classroom many times.

For more information about fire safety and Jake the Fire Safety Dog, visit:  https://www.woodtv.com/wotv4women/maranda/escape-fire-safety/animals-teaching-important-life-saving-practices/ or www.escapeinc.org.

Remember to practice fire safety with everyone in your family everyday Where You Live!