The Alum Creek VFD is more than just a group to call when there is an emergency. We have a strong desire to be involved in our community during non-emergency times as well. A few ways we are working hard to accomplish this are providing education and information for emergency planning. Installing smoke detectors in the home is the best advice, but there are many other things that need to be considered. We have included many links to websites that will provide a wealth of information ranging from local to federal agencies, and offered many suggestions and general ideas. Please check this page for updates as this information is subject to change without notice.
A home fire escape plan is critical and often overlooked. No matter how simple and elementary it may seem to create and practice, it is a proven fact these plans can save lives. A fire never happens on a schedule and always catches people by surprise. If your family will practice the plan monthly it becomes routine, but if you actually need to use it you will be thankful. It also helps to practice your plan at odd hours such as 2:00 AM. We realize this almost sounds crazy however, most fire deaths occur between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 AM. Most people are asleep during these hours, which can cause confusion and panic if woken up to the sound of a smoke detector. One final note: get out and stay out!
We can't possibly think of everything but you get the idea. Emergencies can and do happen when we least expect it. These can include extended power outages, extreme weather conditions, evacuations and acts of God. We suggest the storage of these and like items in your home just for the unknown. Remember to refresh water every few months and keep it in plastic containers.
For more information or if you have questions, please download the "Getting Ready" document.
These are just a few suggestions that may prevent a fire in your home. Just general common sense goes a long way, but there are some things that can not be prevented. The most important thing we can suggest is the use and care of smoke detectors. We recommend replacing detectors that are more than 10 years old. Over time the sensors become dirty and may fail or not alert you in time. Also, if you have natural gas appliances in your home, we highly recommend a carbon monoxide detector. Natural gas appliances can vent unburned fuel and vapors into your home, this is a tasteless, odorless and invisible vapor that can kill you. If you have questions about a certain item or need help, please contact us and we will help in any way possible.
We understand when disaster strikes a family and will do everything possible to minimize damage to your home. We also will help find and secure items at your request and attempt to answer any questions you may have.
To help you understand the dangers of fire and understand the actions we take when we arrive, please read the following document titled Facts about Fire.
For assistance on cleaning up after a fire, what items to keep and many other helpful ideas, please read the document titled After the Fire.
There are many more tips available on line, but these few seem to be the most common to causing accidents. Please drive carefully and considerate to others. Oops, we almost forgot, please stay back 500 feet from fire department trucks on the roadway. If you can't see our mirrors, we can't see you!