Tuesday, December 23, 2008
FIreman's Top Ten Holiday Tips
Fireman is home this morning from a busy shift. He tells me about his dispatches and I thought I'd compile some tips for my good blog friend readers. Many of you know these things, but I didn't know some of them.
#1 Know where to shut the water off for your whole house. If your pipes break as the weather gets a bit warmer, you need to shut the entire water system to your house off. (He quizzed me about where our shutoff was. I was right!) Then you call a plumber. Firemen are not plumbers when they are Firemen. Only on their off days!
#2 If your oven goes on fire, shut it off and keep the door closed. Then remove yourself from the house until the Fire Dept arrives. They will check the wall behind the stove for fire inside it.
#3 If your smoke alarms are chirping and not alarming, you probably have a drained battery. The fireman will come and look at your battery. Then they will hand it to you and tell you to install a new one. Of course, if they are all going off, odds are your builder filled them all on the same day many years ago and now they are all expiring together.
#4 The Fire Deptartment doesn't own your Fire Alarm system. You need to know how to operate it. You enter your own password to reset the alarm. Know your password from when you entered it at some point. The Fire Dept cannot reset the system if you dont know the password.
#5 Know what the low battery alarm is on your CO detector. The alarm may read LB for low battery. Some people read it upside down and think it is saying 78. Sometimes they say BAT and it looks like a number upside down as well when it is simply saying Low Battery.
#6 Make sure the FD can read your address. Simple, but a common issue and it saves everyone precious time if it is easily seen.
#7 Shovel around any fire hydrant that gets snowed in on our property or nearby. I am seeing more people do this. How nice.
#8 Pull to the right for sirens and lights! Don't stop with the firetruck behind you.
#9 If you call for the Fire Dept you can help by flashing your front porch lights and it is an immediate tip to the FD that you are the house in need.
#10 Prevent a chimney fire by having it cleaned.
(Fireman would have said this all much more diplomatically. I just get bossy when I write sometimes! From Bossy Kathy b)
I'll talk to you in the comments. :)