Working Smoke Detectors Saves Lives
One of the most important things you can do to ensure that you and your family can get out of your home safely in the event of a fire is to have working smoke detectors in all sleeping areas.
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Make sure your property address signs are easily readable.
Make sure access roads are clear for fire apparatus.
Identify and mark any water supply locations on your property that firefighters could use in case of fire.
Defensible space- create 30 ft of defensible space around structures that will help you and firefighters defend your home in case a fire moves through.
Plan Prep Go- familiarize you and your family with the Plan Prep Go plan. Evacuation-Guide
For more information on preparing for a wildfire please go to the following websites:
FireFree Week at the Knott Landfill in Bend
Free disposal of plant debris
May 6th through 14th 7am-5pm
Please Install CO (carbon monoxide)
With our homes closed up for warmth and heaters running we would like to remind everyone of the dangers of Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and the very simple ways to prevent it.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced when the following items are used and must be properly vented to the outside:
- Gas heaters
- Water heaters
- Fire places
To help prevent CO from building up in your home or work space :
- Make sure all of the above equipment is operating and venting properly
- Only operate vehicles and generators in well ventilated areas
By installing a CO detector you will be alerted to the presence of CO. These are battery operated, simple to install and can be purchased from any home improvement center.
For more information please go to the fire safety section of this site
Fire prevention is the best way to reduce the likelihood of a fire in your home.
Things YOU can do to prevent a fire:
Keep combustibles away from all heat sources such as water heaters and space heaters
Clean build up of lint in your clothes dryer
Do not overload electrical outlets
Keep flammable liquids such as gasoline stored properly and away from all heat sources
Have your chimney cleaned and inspected yearly
Do not leave cooking food unattended
It is important to be prepared in case you do have a fire.
Have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to alert everyone of a fire
Fire extinguishers or garden hose for small fires
Home exit plan- what to do and how to get out of house if a fire occurs
Outside meeting place- meeting place outside the home to make sure everyone is out of the house
Discuss and practice this plan especially with children
For more information please go this Oregon State Fire Marshal link:
The AFD would like to thank Larry McCormack of Crook County for his generous donation toward the purchase of two Automated External Defibrillators (AED). These are used to help cardiac arrest patients and are a valuable tool for our medical responders and firefighters to use until paramedics arrive.
Thank you to Bend Fire Captain Hossick and Amber Hossick from Code Ready Training for providing our CPR/AED
training and certification.
The Alfalfa Fire District would like our residents to be aware of a public alert system that is provided by Deschutes 911 to alert the public by cell phone of important emergency information such as:
Hazardous materials incidents
Please use the following link to get more information and to sign up.
The BLM taught the S-130 and the S-190 wildland fire safety and fire behavior class this weekend. It was essential training for our Firefighters so that we can effectively and safely fight wildland fires. A big thank you to the BLM!
Please take a look at the latest newsletter from the Alfalfa Fire District.
AFD Newsletter july16