Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Throughout the year, the firefighters of The King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company are on call twenty four hours a day, every day, making themselves available to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice. And although our predominant obligation is to provide emergency firefighting and rescue services to the residents, visitors, commuters, and businesses of King of Prussia, there are numerous other responsibilities that fall on the members. Many of which occur when the alarm bell isn’t sounding. To name a few, duties such as station cleaning and maintenance; apparatus upkeep; and countless hours of training regularly take place. Another important function of the fire company that the members donate their time for is fire prevention. In the course of the year the firefighters visit homes and fit smoke alarms; visit schools, day care establishments, and businesses to give fire safety advice; host various community groups for station tours; and attend many community happenings. In 2013 the members of the KPVFC, while engaging with over 1000 adults and 2700 children, proudly contributed 115 hours of their time towards fire prevention activities. The volunteers at KPVFC play an important role in fire prevention and we rely on the public as well.
Please do not become complacent about fire safety! If you routinely complete the below seven fire safety steps, you can drastically reduce the risk of a fire in your home or could save another person’s life.
- Install a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home. If you already have smoke alarms, test them to make sure they are working. If the alarm does not “beep”, change the battery and retest. If the alarm doesn’t “beep”, now replace the smoke alarm with a new alarm.
- Make a fire escape plan, if you already have one make sure all family members known the plan.
Remember to be careful in how you heat your home, have your heaters, chimneys inspected by a professional service company. And if you use portable space heaters, remember to follow all manufacturers’ safety requirements.
- Use extension cord sparingly and temporarily. If you need to use an extension cord, make sure it meets the appliance electrical requirements.
- Never leave the range or stove unattended if you are cooking. Keep a 3 foot safety zone from the stove for children.
- Keep candles a safe distance from combustible items and never leave them unattended.
Take a Basic First Aid and CPR class this year.
Remember to make fire and life safety the one New Year resolution you never break – it could save someone’s life.
- We would like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2014!