IFD Safety Topic week of 4/11/14:

Carelessly discarded cigarettes, whether tossed from car windows or dropped on the sidewalk, start many fires. ***According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Smoking is the #1 CAUSE OF HOME FIRE DEATHS in the United States. 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:

  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Safely dispose of cigarettes in ashtrays.
  • Wherever you smoke, use deep, sturdy ashtrays.
  • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Be alert!

IFD Safety Topic week of 4/4/14:

When we hear the words public health we think about nutrition and disease prevention, but PUBLIC HEALTH also includes taking Safety Precautions and Preparing for Emergencies in the home. 

Here are some points to remember:

-According to FEMA, Each year, more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually. Remember: home fires can be prevented
  1.  Respect fire and teach your children to respect it too
  2.  Install smoke alarms, outside bedrooms and on EVERY LEVEL OF THE HOME
  3.  Test and maintain your alarms as if your life depends on it. IT DOES!
  4.  Make sure everyone can clearly hear the sound of your smoke alarms from their bedrooms
  5.  Make an escape plan with two ways out of every room and practice it with your family

-Be Prepared for Emergencies not only in your community, but also when you travel to other areas

  1.  Gather your household for a night of emergency preparedness
  2.  Make plans for putting together an emergency stockpile kit
  3.  Create a crisis communication plan
  4.  Designate an emergency meeting place
  5.  Hold household emergency drills

IFD Safety Topic week of 3/28/14:

The change to spring season brings change to weather patterns. Spring brings sunny days but also brings storms and rain. The Irving Fire Department would like everyone to be prepared for this unpredictable SPRING WEATHER.

Please plan ahead and have the following items on hand for unexpected thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and floods:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
  • An emergency evacuation plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
  • A list of important personal information
  • A first aid kit
  • A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • An emergency kit in your car

For more information go to: http://www.cdc.gov/features/SpringWeather/

IFD Safety Topic week of 3/21/14:

As the weather gets nicer, children begin to play outdoor sports. ***According to Safe Kids USA, in 2012 more than 1.35 million children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to 14 commonly played sports.***

Please keep these safety tips in mind to keep children safe when playing a sport or participating in any type of physical activity OUTDOORS:

  • Make sure children always wear appropriate protective gear for the activity.
  • Make sure responsible adults know and enforce the safety rules of the sport, are present to provide supervision, and are trained in first aid and CPR.
  • Have children wear SPF 15 or higher sunscreen.
  • Make sure children STAY HYDRATED - Children can easily become dehydrated while playing a sport or participating in any type of physical activity. Dehydration can make a child more susceptible to a heat-related illness, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.
  • Please be aware of the signs of dehydration:
      -  Thirst
      -  Dry or sticky mouth
      -  Headache
      -  Muscle cramping
      -  Irritability
      -  Extreme fatigue
      -  Weakness
      -  Dizziness
      -  Decreased performance

IFD Safety Topic week of 3/14/14:

Finally, spring is here! Before you jump into spring cleaning this year, remember to make safety a top priority. ***According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are over 29 million emergency department visits for unintentional injuries in the U.S. These injuries result in over 120,000 deaths per year -- many resulting from the kinds of activities conducted while spring cleaning. ***
  • Did you spring the clock forward? When doing so, did you make sure you also changed the batteries in your smoke alarm?
  • Remember to use a ladder to reach the top shelf and don’t go above the safe standing level.
March 16 – 22 is National Poison Prevention Week
  • Always follow the safety instructions when using harsh cleaning products and wear gloves and masks as instructed.
  • Read the labels of the cleaning products you use.
  • Look for the words “Caution,” “Warning,” “Danger,” “Poison,” or “Keep out of Reach of Children.”
  • Lock these products up after you are finished using them to prevent poisonings.

IFD Safety Topic week of 3/7/14:

The Irving Fire Department would like to remind the community to change the battery in their smoke detectors when changing the clock on Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014. Please help us spread the word, tell your friends, family, coworkers; post it on your Facebook, Twitter or any other social network. Remember, working smoke detectors do save lives!


No Safety Topic for the week of 2/28/14.

IFD Safety Topic week of 2/21/14:

The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be informed on what to do if someone is having a SEIZURE. ***According to the Epilepsy Foundation: Epilepsy affects 2.2 million Americans of all ages and one in 10 people have had a seizure.***

What is a Seizure?
"Seizure" is a general term that refers to a sudden malfunction in the brain that causes someone to collapse, convulse, or have another temporary disturbance of normal brain function, often with a loss or change in consciousness. Symptoms may vary depending on the part of the brain involved, but often include unusual sensations, uncontrollable muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.

What do you do if a family member or friend experiences a seizure?
First aid for seizures involves responding in ways that can keep the person safe until the seizure stops by itself. Here are a few things you can do to help someone who is having seizure:
  • Call 9-1-1 and keep calm.
  • Prevent injury by clearing the area around the person of anything hard or sharp.
  • Ease the person to the floor and put something soft and flat, like a folded jacket, under their head.
  • Remove eyeglasses and loosen ties or anything around the neck that may make breathing difficult.
  • Do not hold the person down or try to stop their movements.
  • Turn the person gently onto one side. This will help keep the airway clear.
  • Stay with the person until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns.

IFD Safety Topic week of 2/14/14:

The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to remember the importance of TURNING OFF AND/OR UNPLUGGING HEATING DEVICES like curling irons, coffee makers and clothing irons before leaving the home. 

***According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), over 968 fires occur annually due to these heating devices causing over 31 million dollars in damage.***

We are all in a rush in the morning getting ready for work or school, we need to slow down and keep safety in mind before we leave our home. A faulty device can cause an electrical fire that can be devastating.  Get into the habit of unplugging, just to be safe.

IFD Safety Topic week of 2/7/14:


The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be aware of the importance of knowing how to perform CPR. According to the American Heart Association, 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Do you know what to do if a family member or friend suddenly goes into cardiac arrest and collapses?

We all think we will never have a need to use CPR, but the fact of the matter is, cardiac arrest can affect anyone at anytime, including family members and friends. That is why the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to learn how to use Hands-Only CPR.

Hands-Only CPR, performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as “conventional” CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public. There are only two steps to remember when performing Hands-Only CPR:

       1)  Call 911
       2)  Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think.

  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
  • Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
  • Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.
  • For every minute that CPR is not being done, your loved one has an additional 10% chance of not surviving.
For more information about the importance of knowing how to perform CPR and to view an instructional video on how simple it is to do, go to: www.handsonlycpr.org or www.heart.org/cpr

IFD Safety Topic week of 1/31/14:

According to the American Heart Association, about 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people new CPR, more lives could be saved. That is why the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to know what CPR is.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. The use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans don’t know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims CPR can save lives. The purpose of CPR is to keep the heart pumping and provide a continuous flow of oxygen to the lungs and brain until emergency care arrives.

What is Cardiac Arrest?
Cardiac arrest is when your heart stops beating. If cardiac arrest occurs, blood will stop circulating around the body. Breathing will also cease as well though it may not stop completely for several minutes. Without a supply of oxygen, the cells in the body start to die. Brain cells are incredibly sensitive, after about 4 – 5 minutes of no oxygen brain cells will begin dying leading to brain damage and death.

Learn CPR and help make a difference!

IFD Safety Topic week of 1/24/14:

Did you know that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them? Many of us do not think about a fire starting in our clothes dryer, but it is very important to keep it clean and free of lint buildup to prevent this from happening.

The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to KEEP YOUR CLOTHING DRYER CLEAN AND FREE OF LINT BUILDUP. Please keep these safety tips in mind the next time your drying your clothes:

  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter and make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
  • Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Dryers should be properly grounded.
  • During the winter months, check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Do not overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  • Keep dryers in good working order.
  • Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.

Remember, always call 9-1-1 even if the fire is a small fire.

IFD Safety Topic week of 1/17/14:

Does your home or business have a fire extinguisher? Do you know how to use it? The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to have and know how to use FIRE EXTINGUISHERS at home and at your business.

Please remember to only use a fire extinguisher when:

  • The fire is confined to a small area
  • The fire is not growing
  • Everyone has exited the building
  • The fire department has been called or is being called
  • The room is not filled with smoke

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
  • Make sure you keep your back to a clear exit when using an extinguisher so you can make an easy escape

Remember, fire extinguishers have limitations. Always call 9-1-1 even if the fire is a small fire.

IFD Safety Topic week of 1/10/14:

While removing holiday lights or decorations or doing work around your house or business, the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to be safe when CLIMBING LADDERS. There are so many injuries every year from the improper use of ladders, just one simple mistake has the potential of causing serious injury or even death.

Please keep the following safety tips in mind when using a ladder:

  • Place ladder on level and firm ground
  • Set ladder locks
  • Don't climb to high (two rungs below top)
  • Face ladder as you climb up and down
  • Watch doors as you climb (make sure people know if you are climbing a ladder near a closed door)
  • Use a safe shoe while climbing
  • Don't reach out, instead move the ladder
  • If working outdoors, watch overhead for power lines

IFD Safety Topic week of 1/3/14:

The Irving Fire Department wants to remind everyone that conducting a HOME OR BUSINESS FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION is very important. Looking for fire hazards and having the appropriate fire preventative devices in your home or place of business can help avoid a fire tragedy.

Here is a list of the top ten things to look for when conducting a fire safety inspection:

  1. Have working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives, make sure you test them once a month and change the batteries twice a year when changing the clock for daylight savings.
  2. Have an appropriate size fire extinguisher for your home or business and know how to use it.
  3. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. Create and practice a fire escape plan and make sure all exits are marked and unobstructed.
  4. Is there an address visible from the street or fire lane? Emergency personnel should to be able to see your address from a distance to quickly identify where help is needed.
  5. Inspect your electrical cords. Make sure they are not damaged or in an area where they can be damaged. Do not run cords under a rug or carpet or through doorways and use the proper size.
  6. Regularly check electrical outlets to ensure that they are not overloaded and make sure to have electrical covers when outlets are not in use.
  7. Make sure all areas in and around your home or business are kept free from accumulated materials, paper, trash and other combustible materials.
  8. Use an approved container when storing or handling flammable and combustible liquids. Do not store anything that will burn in a central heat or water heater closet.
  9. Keep or maintain a three-foot clearance between all heating equipment and anything that can burn.
  10. Safely dispose of cigarettes in ashtrays or designated containers. Carelessly discarded cigarettes start many fires.

Remember early notification can make all the difference — in case of fire, call 911 even if the fire is a small fire.