In case you missed the meeting, here is a recap, so you can participate in the Smoke Detector program.
The Fire Fighters of Station 34 sponsored our meeting and it was held at their firehouse. Major TJ Reed spoke to us about fire safety for the holidays and the smoke detector program.
Last year 22 people died in household fires. Nineteen of them could have been prevented if they had active smoke detectors. Mayor Holt changed the smoke detector program where you used to go and pick one up at the fire station, take it home and install it yourself. He created this new program, to provide smoke detectors to the public at no charge and have the fire department come out and install them for you. The battery lasts 10yrs and no more changing the batteries twice a year! If it ever goes out the fire department will come back out and install a new one.
To take advantage of this program, you can call the main number of 405-297-3584 and tell them you want them to come out and evaluate your home for smoke detectors. They will set it up with the station and fire fighters will come out and evaluate your home for the number of detectors and install them for you! Please take advantage of this program. We want you all to be safe!
Several questions were asked and here are some tips.
If you have smoke detectors installed 10+ years ago, are they still good if you are changing the batteries twice a year? Possibly, but you would be safer if they changed them out for you. Technology changes and it is free for them to do it for you.
They said to make sure you water your Christmas Trees regularly. When they get dried out, they can cause fires.
Be careful when frying turkeys. Do not put wet turkeys in hot oil. The water on the turkey will make hot oil spit and burn you.
Other questions that were asked.
What do you do if you are at a stop light and a fire truck comes up behind you? Do you run the light or let them around you? Answer: Look both ways go through the light honking you horn. The fire truck will also be honking their horns.
How long does it take to respond to a call? They respond within 4 minutes! While we were there they received a call and seven of the fire fighters went out on that call, taking two of the trucks. All seven were in their suits, on the trucks and heading to the fire location within 30 seconds.
They were very excited that we came to learn about what they do. We are welcome to come visit them at any time. They also said that if you don’t know what to do about something, to call them or stop by and they will help you. If you need assistance with a medical issue like needing to check your blood pressure, stop by and they can help.
Special “thank you” to all of you that donated water. They were extremely thankful!