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Auto Fire on Yellow Springs Rd

On Sunday evening, Paoli Fire Company was dispatched to the 1500 block of Yellow Springs Rd for an automobile fire.  Chi...

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Berwyn House Fire

On Monday, December 26th, 2016 to Oak Knoll Dr to assist Berwyn Fire Company.  Engine 3-5 assisted Engine 2-3 with water...

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On Saturday night at approximately 8:40pm, PFC was alerted along with Berwyn Fire Company to assist Newtown Sq...

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Special assignment for a Special boy.

On Thursday, Dec. 22 members responded to a special call to the residence of 6-year-old Jayson Norris and his family. Jayson ...

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Fire truck ride to school

The Paoli Fire Company made the day for some lucky students last week. Engine 3-5 picked up 6 kids from their home in Malvern...

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Years of Celebration

On Nov. 5th, Paoli Fire Company honored two life members who have both made tremendous contributions to the company during a ...

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Paoli Fire Company
69 Darby Rd
Paoli, PA 19301
Non-Emergency: 610-644-1712
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Fire Prevention

The Paoli Fire Company is Dedicated to keeping our community safe.  For your assistance, the Paoli Fire Company has put together some important facts for your and your family's personal safety.  If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the company, and we will be more then happy to help you out. 

 

Some “Alarming” Statistics:
  • 96% of U.S. homes have smoke alarms but…..
  • 19% of these smoke alarms do not work and…..
  • 80% of fires are in homes without working smoke alarms and…..
  • 83% of civilian fire-related deaths are from home fires and…..
  • 80% of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
Although smoke alarms are present in 96 percent of American homes, 19 percent do not work, mostly because of dead or missing batteries. This means roughly 25 million homes are at risk because of non-working smoke alarms and an additional 4.5 million homes are at risk by not having smoke alarms. This prevents the U.S. from achieving the full potential of increased fire safety from smoke alarms.
Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths.  Education is key.  Less than one-fourth of U.S. homes had smoke alarms in 1977. Although several factors such as safer products, building codes and life safety education played important roles, increased smoke alarm usage played a major role in the nearly 50 percent drop in home fire deaths since that time.
Developing a family emergency escape plan can be crucial to everyone’s safety.  In the U.S., roughly 80 percent of fire deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. Half of the home fire deaths resulted from fires in the small percentage of homes (five percent) without any smoke alarms.  83% of all civilian fire-related deaths are a result of home fires.
The National Fire Alarm Code recommends a minimum of one smoke alarm on each level of a home, including one inside each bedroom for new construction and one outside each sleeping area. Homes should also have at least one working carbon monoxide detector.  In addition to changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide batteries, smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years.  Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape.

Commemorating a conflagration
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
read more about the origin of fire prevention week here……
 

Fast facts about fire
Cooking
  • Cooking fires are the #1 of home fires and home fire injuries.
  • In 2005, cooking equipment was involved in 146,400 reported home structure fires, the largest share for any major cause. These fires resulted in 480 civilian deaths, 4,690 civilian injuries, and $876 million in direct property damage.
  • The majority of home fires – 40% – start in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor contributing to ignition in home cooking fires, accounting for one-third of such fires. More than half of all cooking fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Most home cooking fires (67%) in 2005 started with the range or stove.
  • Electric ranges or stoves have a higher risk of fires, deaths, injuries and property damage, compared to gas ranges or stoves.
Electrical
  • Electrical distribution and lighting equipment were involved in an estimated 20,900 reported home fires in 2005. These fires resulted in 500 civilian deaths and 1,100 injuries, with an estimated $862 million in direct property damage per year.
  • Lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs accounted for the largest share of 2002-2005 non-confined fires among major types of electrical distribution equipment, while cords and plugs accounted for the largest share of civilian fire deaths.
  • Extension cord fires outnumbered fires beginning with attached or unattached power cords by more than two-to-one.
  • Cords and plugs were involved in one-eighth (12%) of the 2002-2005 home electrical distribution and lighting equipment fires, but roughly two-fifths (39%) of associated civilian deaths.
Smoking materials
  • Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. Roughly one of every four fire deaths per year in 2002-2005 was attributed to smoking materials.
  • In 2002-2005, there were an estimated 82,400 smoking-material fires per year in the United States. These fires caused 800 civilian deaths and 1,660 civilian injuries.
  • Older adults are at the highest risk of death or injury from smoking-material fires even though they are less likely to smoke than younger adults.
  • The most common material first ignited in home smoking-material fire deaths were mattresses and bedding and upholstered furniture.
  • In Canada, there were 7,700 fires in 2002 associated with smoking materials. These fires caused 140 civilian deaths, 470 civilian injuries and direct property damage of $132 million Canadian ($84 million U.S.).
Candles
  • During 2005, an estimated 15,600 home structure fires started by candles were reported to local fire departments. These fires resulted in an estimated 150 civilian deaths, 1,270 civilian injuries and an estimated direct property loss of $539 million. Homes include dwellings, duplexes, manufactured housing and apartments.
  • Although home candle fires fell 8% from 2004 to 2005, more than twice as many were reported in 2005 as in 1990.
  • Candle fires accounted for an estimated 4% of all reported home fires in 2005.
  • The top five days for home candle fires were Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and Halloween. 
But there's even more to learn!
Here's more information on 
home firesheatingsmoke alarmshome escape planning, and home fire sprinkler systems .
Home fires
  • In 2007, there were an estimated 399,000 reported home structure fires resulting in 2,865 civilian deaths and 13,600 civilian injuries and $7.4 billion in direct damage in the United States. Home fires caused 84% of civilian deaths and 77% of injuries.
  • Heating equipment and smoking are the leading causes of civilian home fire deaths.
  • January and December were the peak months for home fires and home fire deaths.
  • More than half of all home fire deaths result from incidents reported between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., but only 20% of home fires occur between these hours.
  • Children under 5 and older adults face the highest risk of home fire death, but young adults face a higher risk of home fire injury.
Heating
  • Heating fires are the second-leading cause of home fires.
  • In 2005, heating equipment was involved in 62,200 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 670 civilian deaths, 1,550 civilian injuries, and $909 million in direct property damage.
  • Nearly half (44%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February in 2002-2005.
  • Heating equipment fires accounted for 16% of all reported home fires in 2005 (second behind cooking) and 22% of home fire deaths.
  • Space heaters, excluding fireplaces, chimneys, and chimney connectors, were involved in one-third (32%) of the home heating fires but three-fourths (73%) of the deaths in 2005.
  • Between 2002-2005, the leading factor contributing to home heating fires (27%) and deaths (53%) was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding. This excludes fires reported as confined fires.
Smoke alarms
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home structure fires in half.
  • A 2004 U.S. telephone survey found that 96% of U.S. households had at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2000-2004, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in almost half (46%) of the reported home fires.
  • An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.
  • 65% of reported home fire deaths in 2000-2004 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • The fire death rate in homes with working smoke alarms is 51% less than the rate for homes without this protection.
  • In one out of every five homes equipped with at least one smoke alarm installed, not a single one was working.
  • When smoke alarms fail it is most often because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Nuisance activations were the leading cause of disabled smoke alarms.
Home escape planning
According to a 
2004 NFPA survey , two in three (66%) Americans have actually developed a home fire escape plan to ensure they could escape quickly and safely.  Of these, only about one third (35%) have practiced their plans.
  • More than one out of every four American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. 
  • People under the age of 34 are less likely than those who are older to have escape plans.
Home fire sprinklers
  • When sprinklers are present, the chances of dying in a fire are reduced by more than one-half and the average property loss per fire is cut by one-third to two-thirds, compared to fires where sprinklers are not present.
  • There is approximately a two-thirds reduction in death rate per thousand fires if sprinklers are added to dwellings.
  • NFPA has no record of a fire killing three or more people in a completely sprinklered building where the system was properly operating, except in an explosion or flash fire or where civilians or firefighters were killed while engaged in fire suppression operations.

Smoke detectors save lives!
    • They provide early warning to occupants faced with a fire emergency, especially during sleeping hours.
    • Location:
      • Place detectors in/near EACH occupied bedroom, AND on every level of the living space.
      • Mount detectors on or as close to the ceiling as possible, preferably in the center of the room.
      • Hallway detectors should be placed close enough to bedrooms so that the alarm can be heard when the bedroom door is closed.
    • Maintenance and testing:
      • Change the batteries twice a year! A good rule is to change the batteries when the clocks are changed for Daylight Savings Time.
      • Test each detector frequently.
      • NEVER disconnect/disable detectors because of nuisance alarms.
If your clothes catch on fire...
    • STOP moving,
    • DROP to the ground covering your face with both hands,
    • and ROLL over and over until the flames are smothered (coats, rugs, blankets or other heavy cloth can be used if someone else is present to help).
    • Once the fire is out, cool the areas with cold water.
    • Call 911 immediately
Home safety practices
    • Keep bedroom doors closed during sleeping hours - Provides valuable time for escape by blocking smoke and fire.
    • When possible, have two (or more) escape routes from every room.
    • Make sure that windows can be opened by all family members - This allows a person to get fresh air, alert outside people, and escape to safety.
    • Practice the use of fire escape ladders.
    • Teach children to alert other family members if awakened by the smell of smoke.
    • Roll out of bed onto floor if awakened by a smoke detector alarm.
    • Stay low when escaping - Dangerously heated gases and smoke rise to the top of the room.
    • Crawl to the door and feel the door with your hand. If you feel heat, use a different escape route (such as a window).
    • Establish a meeting place OUTSIDE of the home to account for all residents.
    • Call 911