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Calls for May 2018

2018-05-19: Wildland Fire
2018-05-26: Medical
2018-05-22: Medical
2018-05-17: Medical
2018-05-16: MVC
2018-05-14: Mutual Aid for Oakhill
2018-05-04: Medical

Fire Prevention

Some Things To Know In the Case You Have To Make An Emergency Call to 911

Dayspring fire prevention

Before that time occurs make sure your civic sign can be clearly seen in the front of your property so Fire, Ambulance and Police can find you day or night.

If it is a fire call that is made have your family stay in a safe place away from the fire and out of the way of the responding fire trucks.

Meet with the Chief or the officer of the first fire truck arriving to give additional information.

When you make a medical call to 911 for an ambulance the fire department is also dispatched to assist the Paramedics and to provide assistance before their arrival. The Paramedics will need a list of the patient's prescription and their Medical Card to take with the patient.

Safety Tips & Links

Tips

1. Change batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year. It is a known fact that smoke detectors save lives. Many people take it for granted that an installed smoke detector works. A weekly push-button test is recommended to ensure your detectors are working. We suggest changing batteries in your detector spring and fall. Properly dispose of old batteries.
2. Have an evacuation plan and meeting place. Regularly review and practice it with all family members.
3. Clean chimneys and pipes often. Most chimney fires occur after mild weather because of low-burning temperatures and the build up of creosote. Have your furnace cleaned and maintained regularly by a qualified person.
4. Place Civic numbers in easy to see locations within 1 meter of your driveway entrance. Civic numbers should be displayed horizontally with white reflective lettering and blue background. (For more information, please click here).
5. Do not dump the ashes that have been cleaned from your stove directly into a green bin as there may be some hot coals still remaining. Coals can last up to a week. Store your green cart away from your home or garage.
6. Safe cooking practices.

Cooking Safety Tips NFPA safe cooking tips
7. Burning candles unsafely can cause fires.

Candle Safety Tips NFPA candle safety tips     Religious Candle Safety Tips NFPA religious candle safety tips
8. Electrical fires are high on the list as a cause of fires. All the breakers in your electrical panel should be switched off and on twice a year to assure they will work.

Electrical Safety Tips NFPA electrical safety tips    Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips NFPA outdoor electrical safety tips
9. Portable space heaters should have a CSA or ULC rating and should be used away from flammable materials. Refer to the manufacturers manual for safe use of the appliance.
10. If a smoker, smoke outside. Keep lighters, matches and other smoking material high and out of reach from children. Use a fire proof ashtray and never discard your butts in vegetation.
11. Grease fires are still an ongoing cause of residual fires. When deep-fat frying use only a thermostatically controlled electric appliance that is approved by CSA or ULC.
12. Gasoline should be stored in an approved container that will tolerate pressure of expansion as temperature changes. Never put away a hot gasoline powered equipment such as a lawn mower or snow blower.
13. Never overload electrical outlets. Only insert the number of devices as there are outlets. Inspect extension cords for damage before use.
14. Home security owners should check with the security companies regularly to ensure that the proper address and contact information.
15. When using a fire extinguisher remember PASS. Pull the pine, Aim low, Squeeze the handle and Sweep from side to side.
16. Always check ice thickness before heading out. A rule of thumb, 15cm for walking or skating, 20cm for skating parties, and 25cm for snowmobiling.
17. Clothes dryer safety. Never use without a lint filter and clean it after each load, use metal venting material and vented directly outside unobstructed, and turn your dryer off when leaving your home.

Safety Links

1. National Fire Protection Association – Public Education
2. Fire Prevention Canada
3. Government of Canada – Fire Safety In Your Home
4. St. John's Ambulance &$0150; Summer Fire Safety
5. Fire Safety
6. Campfire Safety
7. Wildfire Prevention
8. Prepare For Emergency

Links

1. National Fire Protection Association – Safety Tip Sheets
2. Office of Fire Marshal
3. Red Cross
4. St. John Ambulance
5. MODL
6. ULC
7. CSA
8. Canada Safety Council
9. Emergency Management Office Nova Scotia
10. Canadian Hurricane Centre
11. National Fire Protection Association
12. Emergency Health Services

Safety/Prevention Articles

Clean Chimneys to Prevent Fires

The Dayspring & District Fire Department urges homeowners to ensure their wood-burning stoves, fireplaces or pellet stoves are working efficiently and chimneys are clean.

Lunenburg County fire departments respond to scores of chimney fires every year.

Chimney fires can easily spread to adjacent parts of the structure, sometimes resulting in a total loss of the home, and displacement of entire families.

Some minor chimney fires happen without homeowners even knowing about them. Others are evident the second they occur. Observers report flames shooting out of the chimney, or dense black smoke. There is often a loud roar or rumble that sounds like a jet plane flying directly overhead.

A chimney fire can be caused by a build-up of creosote on the chimney lining. Over time, this creates a thick, gooey substance that is highly flammable. It's just a matter of time before it flares up.

The remedy is simple. Use only seasoned, dry wood, and clean your chimney regularly. There's no set timeframe, but if you burn a significant amount of wood during the winter, clean the chimney more often than you would if you burned just an armful of wood a couple times a week.

Contact a certified chimney technician if you aren't up to performing the maintenance yourself.

If you suspect you have a chimney fire, call 911 and exit the home. Firefighters will soon be on their way. If you are confident you are not in immediate danger, you could attempt to minimize the fire's air supply by quickly closing the wood stove doors and shutting the damper.

After extinguishing a chimney fire, the fire chief is likely to condemn your chimney, preventing you from using your wood stove or fireplace until your system has been inspected by a qualified technician, and all damage repaired and any deficiencies rectified to current standards.

A clean chimney won't ignite. Inspecting and cleaning your chimney regularly will prevent problems. It might save your home, or your life.

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