Fire Department -- Public Fire Safety Education
In 2013, the Ottawa Fire Department (OFD) was very active in Public Fire Safety Education. Our firefighters made 136 presentations, from employee in-service trainings and elementary classroom visits to apparatus displays and booths at fairs. There were approximately 4848 contacts made by Ottawa firefighters during 2013.
Our busiest time of year is in October. Fire Prevention Week takes place every year in October during the week of the 9th. October 9th is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, which indicates the start of the OFD's visit to K-5 classrooms. The topics covered included: Firefighters are your friends; Stop, Drop, and Roll; Crawl low under smoke; Matches and lighters are tools for grown-ups; Exit drills in the home; Call 911; and Identifying and correcting fire hazards at home.
Throughout the year we do many in-service trainings for businesses in our community. The topics usually requested are: fire extinguisher training, fire safety in the workplace, and fire safety at home.
We also make our firefighters available to speak at civic and youth group meetings. You can always see us at McGruff Club, Health Fairs at Ransom Memorial Hospital, and Ottawa High School Career Fair.
The OFD has two stations, 720 West 2nd and 219 East 14th. Station tours are available at both. We like our jobs and enjoy sharing our knowledge and experiences.
We can provide certification training to the public in CPR and First Aid.
The OFD also provides Juvenile Firesetter Intervention. This is a program that screens and educates children that have set fires.
If you would like a presentation, tour, or equipment demonstration, call the OFD at 229-3700. One of our firefighters will take down information about what, when, where and to who. Please make your request as far in advance as possible.
Fire Department -- Smoke Detectors
Smoke from fire kills. Most fire victims typically die from smoke inhalation before the flames ever reach them. Most tragic home fires occur between 2 AM and 6 AM when you are sleeping. Many people believe they will wake up if there is a fire in their home; unfortunately this is false. The toxic gasses produced by a fire actually put people into a deeper sleep.
How Many Smoke Detectors?
The National Fire Protection Association and the Ottawa Fire Department recommend installing smoke detectors:
- On each level of your home
- In every bedroom
- In corridors and hallways outside your bedrooms
- Above stairwells
Every home should have at least two smoke detectors.
Where Should Smoke Detectors Be Installed?
For best performance, follow these installation guidelines:
- Mount smoke detectors in the middle of the ceiling if possible. If not, mount them on the wall at least three feet from any corner and six inches from the ceiling.
- Do not install smoke alarms where drafts from fans or air ducts could blow smoke away from the alarm's sensor.
- To avoid "nuisance alarms" keep smoke detectors at least ten feet from stoves and showers.
The Ottawa Fire Department can advise you on the proper location of your smoke alarms and will also assist with the installation of smoke detectors you provide. The Ottawa Fire Department can also give you smoke detectors if you live in Franklin County.
Caring For Your Smoke Detectors is Simple.
The main reason for smoke detectors not working is dead or missing batteries.
- Test your smoke detectors every week.
- Replace the batteries every six months. Change the batteries when you change your clocks.
- Vacuum the outside cover regularly to remove dust.
- Replace you smoke detectors every ten years.
Fire Department -- Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide is sometimes referred to as the "silent killer". Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning fuel. In the home, dangerous levels of CO can occur if fuel-burning appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly.
Each year, hundreds of people in the U.S. die from CO poisoning in the home. Thousands more become ill and require medical treatment. Many suffer lasting harm.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent CO poisoning in the home.
* Maintain your fuel burning appliances.
* Have your heating system inspected and cleaned each year.
* Check your chimneys and flue pipes often.
* Be alert to the Signs and Symptoms of CO poisoning.
* Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors in hallways near sleeping area.
* Additional alarms on each level of your home provide extra protection.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
* Trouble Breathing
* Loss of Consciousness
If a member of your family has symptoms,
GET HELP IMMEDIATELY!
Everyone should get out of the building
at once and call 911 for help.
American Red Cross www.redcross.org
United States Fire Academy www.usfa.dhs.gov
Home Safety Council www.homesafetycouncil.org
National Fire Protection Agency www.nfpa.org
Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office www.accesskansas.org/firemarshal
United States Fire Academy www.usfa.dhs.gov/kids
Home Safety Council www.coderedrover.org
Fire Education Association of Kansas http://ksffa.com/feak/kid_korner.htm