LIFE SAFETY IS EVERYONES RESPONSIBILITY
NOT JUST THE FIRE DEPARTMENT’S !
Because of the recent fires, in particular the fatal fires, taking the lives of not only civilians, but also many firefighters who gave their last measure of devotion and dedication attempting lifesaving, we as a society must identify and recognize the dangers that surround us every minute of every day. Firefighter training and public education brings to light many facts of that reality, the lack of understanding of FIRE, the origin of fires, and there are many, and the causes of fires also too many to list.
What we must realize is that if we expect to survive that once-in-a-lifetime event, we must begin right now to identify those hazards that surround us, select a means to deal with those hazards, design a plan(s) to eradicate those hazards, implement those plans, and lastly evaluate the process you have used for a successful outcome. Does that sound familiar? The five (5) step planning process, systematic (scientific) method.
Today’s technology has given us a means to detect and control fires, keeping the situation manageable until the arrival of firefighters and other emergency personnel. Sprinkler systems are not just for commercial and high-rise usage. Sprinkler systems have saved lives and protected buildings for decades.
And now technology has given us a relatively inexpensive sprinkler system for RESIDENTIAL use. Combined with smoke alarms properly installed and maintained for early warning, the system provides 24 hours a day fire protection. It is like having a firefighter on duty in your house. Existing houses can be retrofitted and new construction can have the systems incorporated while under construction. You will get wet, but your chance for survival is greatly increased.
Smoke alarms are manufactured in two operative styles. Ionization and photoelectric, get to know the differences and what you need for your application. They are also available to meet the needs of people with hearing and sight disabilities, flashing strobe lights and/or vibrators. Consult your local fire department or:
For additional information log onto www.usfa.dhs.gov
Ed Knight is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI/CFII) and a fire instructor; a retired municipal assistant fire marshal, forensic investigator having investigated several thousand fires and testified over 60 times throughout the United States and several foreign countries. He is Chairman of the Live Burn Facility, Pequea Lane, Lancaster, PA.