***According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), THANKSGIVING is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.***
As you prepare to welcome guest for the upcoming THANKSGIVING holiday, the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be safe, be careful in the kitchen when cooking this holiday season.
To reduce the risk of cooking fires this holiday, the Irving Fire Department recommends the following safety tips:
**Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.**
As the temperature outside drops, families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires. The Irving Fire Department wants residents to keep safe and warm this winter, please keep in mind these simple tips when using SPACE HEATERS in the home:
The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be aware of the dangers of CARBON MONOXIDE. Often called the silent killer, Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane and oil, burn incompletely. Carbon Monoxide enters the body through breathing. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning and other illnesses. Some symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, light headedness or headaches.
Carbon Monoxide is very deadly, please aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide if you have fuel-burning appliances in your homes. Please keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning:
The Irving Fire Department is seeking everyone’s help to remind the community to change the battery in their smoke detectors when changing the clock on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Send this e-mail to your friends, family, coworkers; post it on your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or any other social network.
Please help us spread the word because working smoke detectors do save lives!
We want everyone to help make this Halloween a fun and safe one.
The Irving Fire Department reminds residents to BE HALLOWEEN SAFE. Please keep these safety tips in mind:
The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone that we have a VIAL OF L.I.F.E. (Life-saving Information for Emergencies) program free of charge to Irving residents age 60 or older or for residents that have disabilities or medical conditions.
The Vial of L.I.F.E. program was designed to assist our paramedics when they enter a residence and the patient is unable to communicate, for any reason. Our dispatch office will mark the address as having a Vial of L.I.F.E., making our paramedics aware when they enter the residence they can look for the magnet on the refrigerator and the vial will be on the top shelf of the refrigerator. In the vial will be a medical form with all medical information pertaining to the person living there.
To apply for a kit, please complete an application which can be obtained by calling (972) 721-2651, or by visiting the Fire Department Web site at www.cityofirving.org/fire, Click on “Vial of L.I.F.E.” then “Vial of L.I.F.E.-Brochure” print and drop it off at Fire Administration or any Fire Station. Once you turn it in, you will receive a kit which contains a vial, a medical form and a magnet.
***According to the U.S. Fire Administration, every year almost 1,000 smokers and non-smokers are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials.***
Please keep these SMOKING SAFETY tips in mind:
The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone about FIRE PREVENTION WEEK and this year's theme is Prevent Kitchen Fires. People in the United States are most likely to experience a fire in their home than anywhere else and according to the National Fire Protection (NFPA), two of every five home fires start in the kitchen and more than 150,000 fires a year are related to cooking.
Please keep the following fire safety tips in mind to help PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES:
"Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2013 NFPA."
Flu season is here and the Irving Fire Department asks everyone to STAY INFORMED, GET VACCINATED AND STOP THE SPREAD. Flu is unpredictable and can happen at any time, so get ahead of the flu by getting a flu shot.
Please remember these simple tips to help prevent and stop the spread of flu:
For more information about flu season, go to: www.texasflu.org
The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone to be informed on WHAT TO DO IF YOU EXPERIENCE CHEST PAIN. Chest pain can come on suddenly at any time. If you experience any type of chest pain, please don't hesitate in calling 9-1-1....remember - it is better to be on the safe side.
If you, a family member or a friend experience the following symptoms please call 9-1-1 immediately:
The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone to be PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES AT HOME. We should all be prepared for any type of emergencies in the home by having the needed supplies and a family emergency plan. Disasters are unpredictable and can strike at any giving moment.
Please follow these simple steps to be prepared for any emergency:
Remember, September is National Preparedness Month. For more information about emergency preparedness go to: www.ready.gov