Message from the Fire Marshal

Community Risk Reduction (CRR) is a new concept that is firmly rooted in traditional fire prevention activities.  The main difference is the scope of prevention activities has expanded from fire to any and everything that ails our community.  In addition, we try to use data analysis along with anecdotal information to deploy resources to solve those problems.  We build partnerships within the community to avoid duplication of effort while getting the right tool for the job.  The result is a division that is committed to being efficient and effective in preventing harm to our citizens and community.

 

Tim Cortez

Fire Marshal/CRR Division Chief

Important Smoke Alarm Information

Facts and figures about smoke alarms

  •  In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
  • No smoke alarms were present in almost two out of every five (38%) home fire deaths. 
  • The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.

Source: NFPA's "Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires" report


Home Escape Plan


In addition to having working smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and out of every sleeping area another life saving measure to have in place in case of a fire is a home escape plan.


Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.


Fire moves quickly through the home giving you as little as two minutes to escape. Sleep with your doors closed to help slow fire spread.


Sit down with your family and make a plan. Know two ways out of each bedroom in your house and establish and meeting place. For more information on home escape planning please visit the National Fire Protection Association's website: www.nfpa.org


Senior Fall and Fire Prevention Initiative

The Natrona County Senior Fall and Fire Prevention Coalition is dedicated to preventing falls and fires in the senior population.  Public education efforts are conducted at various locations throughout the county.

The initiative is based on The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Remembering WhenTM: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults. The program was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.

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To learn more about the progress of the initiative please click on the link below.

Senior Fall and Fire Prevention Initiative