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The U.S. Fire Administration reports that in 2011, 364,500 fires were credited for 2,450 deaths, 13,900 injuries, and $6,651,400,000 in loss.
Make it Easy to Find Your House in an Emergency
The Village of Berkeley Fire Department asks that all residents mark their homes with the correct street address in a highly visible area. Responding emergency personnel can often times see addresses that are no less than 4" tall from the street, so be sure that those numbers are in contrasting colors to the backgrounds they are posted on for the highest degree of visibility. By making sure the address of the home can be found in an urgent situation, residents increase the likelihood that the call for help can be answered quickly.
Smoke and Fire Detectors
Smoke and Fire Detectors are designed to offer an early warning in the event of a fire. Detectors should be placed outside of bedrooms and on each floor of the residence. The Berkeley Fire Department suggests that residents check detector batteries regularly, using Daylight Savings Time as a reminder for fire safety. Residents should check detectors at least once a month, keep them clean and replace detectors every ten years to ensure the best possible outcome should a fire break out in the home to escape loss of life and or property.
Dialing 9-1-1 for Fire, Ambulance, or Police
These are the only numbers residents need to remember in an emergency. Dialing 9-1-1 provides emergency dispatchers with a name, address and phone number right on a computer screen as soon as the call is made, leaving the caller the task of remaining calm to describe the situation as best as possible. For all emergencies, dial 9-1-1, be it for fire, medical or police emergencies.
Through fire prevention and safety education programs aimed to reduce the loss of life and damage from fire related hazards, these numbers can be greatly reduced starting with simple safety tips.
Have a Plan for Safety
Don't wait for a fire to happen to develop a plan should one ever occur. It is important to know the exits for every room in the house, know where they lead, and determine a safe location to meet members of the household once a safe escape has been made. Know where safety detectors are in the house and what they sound like. Each detector should have a distinct noise (i.e. Smoke, Fire, O2, etc.)If a detector should activate, stay calm. The primary effort should be to get everyone to safety away from the house. Crawl below the smoke line if needed, knowing that cleaner and cooler air can be found nearest to the ground. If a safe escape plan has been created prior to this event, it is best to practice it so that all can move quickly and decisively toward safety. Once out of the home, stay out and DO NOT return to the home until the Fire Department approves it.