Hero Helpers are monthly reminders on how you can participate in keeping your family and local firefighters safe by following five easy steps. Firefighters and the public can work together to keep their communities safe.

2015 Hero Helpers

December 2015: Holiday Fire Safety

Check your holiday lights.
Use flameless candles.
Do not burn wrapping paper.
Discard fireplace ashes in a metal can with a lid.
Include a fire safety message in your annual holiday update letter or email.

July 2015: Summer Fire Safety
  • Leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use any fireworks.
  • Keep any barbeque grills at least 25 feet away from your house.
  • Don’t squirt charcoal lighter on hot coals.
  • Let charcoal coals cool overnight before disposing. Place discarded coals in a metal can with a lid.
  • If you need to relight a gas grill, turn off the propane and wait at least 5-10 minutes before relighting and keep the lid open.

Download: Hero Helpers_July 2015

June 2015: Lawn Care Safety
  • Start and refuel mowers outdoors, not in a garage or shed.
  • When refilling your mower’s fuel tank, use a funnel and pour slowly.
  • Keep equipment clean and free of flammable materials.
  • Wipe up all fuel spills. Remember that one gallon of gasoline combined with the correct amount of air is equivalent to 83 pounds of dynamite.
  • Don’t wear sandals or flip-flops when mowing the lawn. Steel-toed shoes are the safest.

Download: June 2015: Lawn Care Safety

May 2015: Family Escape Plans
  • Create a family escape plan and practice it twice a year.
  • All family members should know two ways to escape from each room in their house or apartment.
  • Time your family fire drills. Everyone should get to the agreed upon meeting space within 2-minutes.
  • Practice low crawling in your home in case the home is filled with smoke.
  • Take the time to teach your children about calling 9-1-1.

Download: May 2015: Family Escape Plans

April 2015: Cooking Fires
  • Keep children at least 3-feet away from the stove. Let them help in other ways.
  • Don’t leave the stove or oven on when you leave the house-even if it’s for a short amount of time.
  • Keep oven mitts and kitchen towels away from the stove. Don’t leave kitchen towels on the stove handle.
  • Don’t ever put water on a grease fire. If the grease fire is in the stove, keep the door closed.
  • Get rid of clutter blocking doorways or windows.

Download: April 2015: Cooking Fires

March 2015: Spring Cleaning
  • Vacuum around the cover of your smoke alarm and then test your smoke alarm.
  • Review and practice the family escape plan.
  • Make sure your home’s street number can be easily seen by emergency responder by clearing siding or mailboxes of plants, bushes, and ornamental grasses.
  • Properly dispose of old paints, solvents and cleaners.
  • Get rid of clutter blocking doorways or windows.

Download: March 2015: Spring Cleaning

 

2014 Hero Helpers

December 2014: Holiday Safety
  • CHECK YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS to ensure cords are not frayed and plug prongs are not loose and sockets are not cracked.
  • IF SENDING A FAMILY UPDATE NEWSLETTER, include information on the Alarm Pledge to show your commitment to keeping your loved ones safe.
  • EMPTY FIREPLACE ASHES into a metal can with a top. Place the can at least 25 feet away from your house.
  • USE FLAMELESS CANDLES, especially if children or pets will be in your home during the holidays.
  • NEVER PLUG AN ELECTRIC SPACE HEATER INTO A NON-COMPLIANT EXTENSION CORD, make sure the extension cord is rated for the product being connected.

Download: December 2014: Holiday Safety

November 2014: Fall Safety
  • TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS and if they are ten years old or older, consider replacing them with an updated model with sealed/tamper proof, long-life batteries.
  • IF YOU ARE BURNING LEAVES, check with your fire department about ordinances and consider composting if leaf pick-up is not available.
  • ONLY BURN SEASONED WOOD or approved materials in your fireplace or heating stove. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected.
  • DEEP FRYING TURKEY should only be done away from the house following manufacturer’s instructions.
  • REVIEW YOUR HOME ESCAPE PLAN with your whole family and make sure they know the location of your family meeting place.

Download:  November 2014: Fall Safety

October 2014: Fire Prevention Week
  • Install, test and properly maintain at least one smoke alarm on every level of your house.
  • Place smoke alarms inside the bedroom door rather than on the outside of the door.
  • Install smoke alarms at least 20 feet from cooking appliances to prevent nuisance alarms. Never disable a smoke alarm if a nuisance alarm is activated.
  • If you don’t know how old your smoke alarm is, you should probably replace it.
  • Test your smoke alarm monthly by pressing the “test button” and while you have the ladder out, vacuum the smoke alarm to prevent dust from blocking the sensor.

Download: October 2014: Fire Prevention Week

September 2014: Back to School Safety
  • Make sure you and your kids know what the emergency plan is for your day care provider/school.
  • Remind kids that if they see another kid with matches or lighters, they should report it to an adult immediately.
  • Mark a day each month on the family calendar to check the smoke alarms in your home.
  • When you test your smoke alarms, teach your kids how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm.
  • Practice your home escape plan with your family and include what to do if your kids are at home unattended.

Download:September 2014: Back to School Safety

August 2014: Summer Storm Safety
  • Create an emergency kit. http://Ready.gov is a great source for what should be in your kit.
  • During thunderstorms, unplug your TV, computer, radio, and phone chargers.
  • Stay away from downed power lines, report them to 911.
  • Keep flashlights with extra batteries on hand in your emergency kit. Never use candles for light if your power is out.
  • Most hard-wired smoke alarms have a back-up battery; if yours doesn’t replace it with one that does.  Check your smoke alarms once a month.

Download:August 2014: Summer Storm Safety

July 2014: Summer Fire Safety
  • Leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use any fireworks.
  • Keep any barbeque grill at least 25’ away from your house. Don’t squirt charcoal lighter on hot coals.
  • Let charcoal coals cool overnight before disposing. Place discarded coals in a metal can with a lid.
  • If you need to relight a gas grill, turn off the propane and wait at least 5 minutes before relighting and keep the lid open.
  • Test your smoke alarms by pushing the test button.

Download: July 2014: Summer Fire Safety

June 2014: Lawn Care Safety
  • START AND REFILL MOWERS, not in a garage or shed. Mowers should be refueled with the motor turned off and cool.
  • WHEN REFILLING YOUR MOWER’S FUEL TANK, use a funnel and pour slowly.
  • Let your mower cool 30 MINUTES after mowing and before stowing.
  • WIPE UP FUEL SPILLS. Remember that one gallon of gasoline combined with the correct amount of air is equivalent to 83 pounds of dynamite.
  • TURN OFF gas-powered edgers, trimmers and other yard tools before inspecting, cleaning, adjusting, or replacing the blade.

Download: Hero Helpers_June 2014 Final

May 2014: Spring Cleaning Safety
  • VACUUM AROUND THE COVER OF YOUR SMOKE ALARM.  Then test your smoke alarm by pushing the test button.
  • REVIEW AND PRACTICE the family escape plan.
  • WHEN DOING YARD WORK, be sure to keep the fire hydrant clear of plants, bushes and ornamental grasses.
  • WHEN CLEANING OUT THE GARAGE OR BASEMENT, properly dispose of old paints, solvents and cleaners.
  • IF YOU ARE IN THE WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE, ensure your defensible space around your house is cleared.

Download: May 2014: Spring Cleaning