Fire Prevention Week

 

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.

Motor vehicle flipped over on Westminster Pike

Just after 5pm today a fire was reported in Owings Mills’s area and Engine 413 responded to that.  Several minutes later a report of a motor vehicle accident with rescue was put out for Westminster Pike near Gores Mill road.  Squad 414 responded along with Special Unit 418, Engine 401, Tower 323 and Medic 56.  One patient was found 40 feet down from the vehicle with only minor injuries.  The ambulance checked him out and was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

National Night Out

The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company was out at the National Night Out in Reisterstown at Chartley Plaza with both Engines, Squad, Special Unit, Utility and Ambulance.  Juniors from our Junior program showed kids around the apparatus.

2nd Alarm Apartment Fire in Randallstown

Around 1am on Sunday July, 15,2012 Baltimore Co. 911 center received a call for an apartment fire 8504 Glen Michael Lane.  A few minutes later Engine 18 from the Randallstown station arrived reporting heavy fire on the third floor and possible people trapped.  Rescue Squad 414 was alerted to respond on the working fire assignment.  Engine 18 later requested the 2nd alarm and all firefighters were evacuated from the building.  Upon arrival Rescue Squad 414 was assigned to RIT.

Rescue on Tufton Ave.

Around 1 am, units from Chestnut Ridge were alerted for an accident on Tufton Ave and Mantua Mill Rd.  While enroute, the call was upgraded to a rescue.  Engine 501 and Medic 505 arrived to find a vehicle 300′ off road in the middle of the field with one occupant trapped.  Rescue tools from Rescue Squad 414 and Special Unit 418 were utilized to extricate the patient.

Severe Storms Hit Northwest Baltimore County

Just before midnight on Friday, severe thunderstorms worked their way across Carroll County into Baltimore County.  The hardest hits areas were south of the Reisterstown area.  During the peak of the storm, Engine 412 and Rescue Squad 414 were first due on an apartment fire in Randallstown from quarters.  Power outages in the Pikesville area have caused water pumping station outage.  As water towers empty, the Reisterstown area will notice a significant drop in water pressure.  Residents are asked to conserve water until the water towers are refilled.  Full water service is expected to be restored by Sunday morning.