The North Aurora Firefighters Association would like to thank all of the individuals who applied for our annual scholarship award. Many individuals submitted applications this year and it proved to be a very difficult decision. After much consideration, we are proud to announce this year’s winners. Congratulations to Natalie Droeske, Alex Halterman, Elizabeth Aguilar and
Hailee Brauer. The association wishes each and every applicant the best of luck in their future endeavors and thanks you for your interest in our scholarship program.
The North Aurora Firefighters Association would like to extend a sincere thanks to Allstate and one of our local agents, Paul Collins. We are pleased to have received $1,000 from The Allstate Foundation in honor of Allstate Agent Paul Collins’s volunteerism. We are thrilled to partner with Allstate and their commitment to making our hometowns better, safer places to live.
Remember to test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clock to and from Daylight Saving Time. As a family, review your home fire safety plans and remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
What to do in case of a fire
In 2010, there were an estimated 369,500 reported home structure fires and 2,640 associated civilian deaths in the United States. Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning—a home fire escape plan
that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
Draw a home escape plan and discuss it with everyone in your household. Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily. Make sure everyone’s first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!
Practice the plan night and day with everyone in your home twice a year. Also keep in mind to:
• Always choose the escape route that is safest—the one with the least amount of smoke and heat— but be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit.
• Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
• In some cases, smoke or fire may prevent you from exiting your home or apartment building. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice “protect in place” as part of your home fire escape plan. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to keep smoke from coming in. If possible, open your windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in. Call the fire department to report your exact location. Wave a flashlight yell out the window, or toss a pillow/ stuffed animal out the window to let the fire department know where you are located.
Once out, do not re-enter for any reason. Go to your meeting place. Use a cell phone or go to your neighbors to contact 911 and be available to let FF’s know if everyone is accounted for.
Additional note: When out in the public always look for emergency exits and prepare an escape plan in your head just in case.
Firefighters plan visits
The North Aurora Firefighters will be visiting all the grade schools again this year during fire prevention week. We will be discussing fire safety issues and providing guidelines to the students for handling various emergencies.
National Fire Prevention Week is said to have begun after the Great Chicago Fire which occurred on October 8, 1871. This fire burned for over 27 hours and destroyed over 2000 acres, including 17,000 structures. The rapid spread of this huge fire killed over 300 people and left almost 100,000 residents homeless.
Every bedroom needs a workingsmoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42%) of approximately 36,000 respondents did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom of the home.
In an effort to better educate the public about this “sleepy” smoke alarm requirement, NFPA—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—announced “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. NFPA 72, national fire alarm code, requires a smoke
alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
According to NFPA statistics, half of all U.S. home fire deaths occur at night between the hours of 11pm and 7am, when people are most likely to be sleeping. Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half. These facts emphasize the extreme
importance of having working smoke alarms in all bedrooms.