Station 41 was fully staffed during Hurricane Sandy to repsond to calls in Reisterstown and surrounding areas. Thankfully it was a relatively quiet few days.
Today there was a motor vehicle collision at Glyndon at Sacred Heart Lane. It originally came out as an MVC but when IV415 arrived they requested a Rescue Assignment as one was trapped in the vehicle. S414, and others, were dispatched to extricate the patient from the vehicle.
Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company organized a fire safety demonstration for the kindergarten classes at Glyndon Elementary school. They did well as they new what to do if their clothes caught on fire (stop, drop, and roll) and what to do if there was smoke in the house (get down low on the floor and move out of the house). They got to go through the engine and one of the teachers donned our bunker gear.
A worker was cutting up a tree with a chainsaw and cut his leg. Carroll Medic 139 and Squad 414 were called to the scene to tend to the injuries. A trooper was called given the location and depth of the injury. Engine 413 handled the landing site.
It’s 3 a.m. You and your family are sound asleep and awake to the beeping smoke alarm. You are tired and confused from the effects of the smoke. You know you need to get to safety, but when you head for the front door, you find that escape route is blocked by fire that is spreading by the second. What do you do?
While this scenario is one I hope you never have to encounter, the statistics tell us that many people do every day. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. That added up to 369,500 home structure fires, which caused 13,350 injuries and 2,640 deaths. We also know that most fatal fires kill one or two people. However, in 2010, 19 home fires killed five or more people, resulting in 101 deaths.
The numbers are scary, but there is something you can do to help ensure your family’s safety should a fire break out in your home: Have Two Ways Out!
The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company is teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012, to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
Only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. And of the three-quarters of Americans who do have an escape plan, less than half actually practiced it. As we saw in the scenario above, fire is unpredictable. Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death. We want to ensure that Reisterstown residents know what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Preparation is an important part of being able to deal with an emergency and it is crucial you take steps to prepare your family for the potential of a home fire by having an escape plan and practicing it.
Although preparing for the unexpected is difficult, reviewing the information below and taking action based on it to plan for a fire could save lives. Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:
If you have children and want to make this a family activity
- Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
- Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
- Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
- Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape drill with everyone living in your home.
- Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the drill twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.
If your family is all adults:
- Walk through you home and identify two ways out of each room.
- Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped.
- Make sure everyone knows the emergency number for your local fire department.
- Practice your escape drill twice a year.
To learn more about “Have Two Ways Out!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.