Norwalk Fire Department: Give The Gift Of Safety

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The Norwalk Fire Department recommends gifts that can help keep people safe in the event of an emergency.
The Norwalk Fire Department recommends gifts that can help keep people safe in the event of an emergency. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice (file)

NORWALK, Conn. – This holiday season, the Norwalk Fire Department is recommending that you give the gift that everybody wants: safety. In the wake of storms such as Sandy and Irene, the Department assembled a list of gifts that increase emergency preparedness.

“Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere and the holiday season provides a great opportunity to ensure that you and your loved ones are taking simple steps to be prepared,” said Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy.

As families and friends gather for the holidays, they should take a few minutes to discuss what they would do in case of an emergency. This includes developing a family communication plan and identifying how you will get in touch with loved ones and where to meet in case you are separated during an emergency.

Gifts can be opportunities to stock up disaster supply kits and to help people stay informed about emergencies in their area. Some gifts that the Norwalk Fire Department recommend include:

  • Disaster kits for homes, offices and vehicles that include first aid kits, food, water, prescription medication for 72 hours and items such as extra clothing, blankets and flashlights,
  • NOAA weather radios with extra batteries. The Fire Department has two models of multipurpose radios with flashlight and cell phone chargers. Call 203-854-0238 or email to learn more.
  • Enrollment in a CPR or first aid class,
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors,
  • Foldable ladders to help with second-story escape in the event of a fire,
  • Fire extinguishers,
  • Car kits that include emergency flares, shovels, ice scrapers, flashlights and fluorescent distress flags,

The department has also assembled a list of holiday safety tips to ensure that people can avoid risks when decorating, cooking and setting up their Christmas trees.

“The community is the most important member of our nation’s emergency response team and the more residents are prepared, the more successful this team will be,” McCarthy said.

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Foldable ladders to help with second-story escape in the event of a fire,

This one is important the new Ladder truck Norwalk purchased doesn't fit a lot of residential areas access to fire is somewhat limited so by all means get your own ladder and maybe if Santa decides you have been good ask for a fire truck and just put it out yourself.

While I continue to be critic of the NFD its not the those men who respond observe and react its the leadership.Then maybe again its still time to warn others about dangers in the household
New: Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010)
Findings from this report:

An estimated average of 50,100 heating fires in residential buildings occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an annual average of approximately 150 deaths, 575 injuries, and $326 million in property loss.
Heating was the second leading cause of all residential building fires following cooking.
Residential building heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This 4-hour period accounted for 30 percent of all residential building heating fires.
Residential building heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point during the summer months from June to August.
Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues, or fuel burners, accounted for 87 percent of residential building heating fires.
Thirty percent of the nonconfined residential building heating fires occurred because the heat source was too close to combustibles.

Lets help McCarthy out he is busy with the new Fire boat etc.

Annually, an estimated 23,600 fires in residences are caused by candles and result in 1,525 civilian injuries, 165 fatalities, and $390 million in direct property loss.
Women are more likely to be injured or killed in residential structure candle fires.

December has the highest occurrence of candle-ignited residential structure fires.Over one-third of residential structure candle fires begin in a bedroom.Over half of all residential structure candle fires were started because the candle was placed too close to combustible materials.

Retail sales of candles are growing each year. β€œIn the last 10 years, the increase in candle sales has been at least 700 percent,” noted Valerie Cooper, executive vice president of the National Candle Association, in a 2004 interview.1 The National Candle Association estimates that candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households with annual candle sales averaging $2 billion.2 Nearly 2,000 varieties of candles are on the market, ranging from small votive warming candles to those used for religious purposes and holiday decorations.3
Candles, though, are responsible for an estimated 23,600 residential structure fires each year and cause 1,525 civilian injuries, 165 fatalities, and $390 million in direct property loss.4 5 6 This topical report examines the causes and characteristics of these candle fires, based on 3 years of fire data (2002–2004). 7

This stuff is on the desks of the NFD its put out by Homeland Security they are the ones who gave us a boat with strings no reason we can't help out everyone and do something extra to help our department out assisting in getting the word out about fire safety including the media.