- Why do I need a carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide detectors are definitely worth the investment. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that combines with red blood cells 250 times faster than oxygen. It can affect pets, the young, elderly, or persons with health conditions much more quickly than a healthy adult. Without a carbon monoxide detector, there is no way for someone to know if the deadly gas is present.
- Where should I place a carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed according to the manufacturers recommendation, much the same as a smoke detector. You should avoid placing them next to gas fired appliances, keep them away from air vents, *keep them out of void spaces, place one on each floor of the home; they need to be near sleeping areas. Note:* Void spaces for this purpose include the area where the wall and ceiling meet. Keep smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least 18 inches out from where the wall and ceiling meet.
- I have heard that children may not hear smoke detectors while they are sleeping. Is this true?
Recent reports have shown that many times children do not hear smoke detectors whether their doors are open or closed. Studies have also shown that if children do wake up, they do not act in accordance with what they were taught. The only way to ensure a proper response from your children is to set up and practice Exit Drills In The Home. This would include setting off smoke alarms at night when children are sleeping as further practice. We recommend at least practicing your exit drill twice a year.
- Where should smoke detectors be placed in my home?
Outside each sleeping area, inside each bedroom, and on each level of the home. Smoke detectors should not be placed near air registers or vents and should be at least 18 inches away from void spaces i.e. where the wall and ceiling meet. If at all possible, smoke detectors should be hardwired together so that when one sounds they all sound.
- Is it true that sleeping with my door shut can give us an extra fifteen minutes to escape a fire?
Sleeping with your door shut can give you up to an extra fifteen minutes to escape a house fire. Having the door closed prevents smoke from readily entering your bedroom and acts as a short term barrier to the fire. In a fire situation, if you cannot get out the door, go to the window and yell or hang something out the window to attract attention. Additionally, placing sheets, towels, clothing, etc. at the bottom of the door will aid in keeping smoke out of the room while you are at the window awaiting rescuers.
- Where can I get information about home fire sprinkler systems?
Go to www.firesafehome.org
- Why do fire trucks respond to medical calls?
Fire trucks respond for a number of reasons:
1.The fire district is served by a private ambulance service that has only one ambulance regularly assigned to our area. This means if that ambulance is on a call, the next unit may be responding from Prescott, Prescott Valley, Williams, etc. leading to a significantly increased response time; minutes count during a medical emergency. In addition, they may only arrive with one paramedic on their unit. Our fire trucks are staffed by Nationally Registered Paramedics that are in fire stations strategically placed around the district. This equates to faster response times and more expedient access to appropriate advanced care. Depending on patient severity, one paramedic may not be enough to care for a seriously ill or injured patient. When this happens, a CVFD paramedic will assist the ambulance crew during transport to an appropriate medical facility.
2. No one truly knows how severe the call really is until they arrive on the scene. For your safety, we work from a premise that it's better to be safe and send apparatus than sorry that we don't have the man power on scene to take care of you.
3. Man power is another reason fire trucks respond. Many patients are in locations or are of such a size that two people cannot get the patient to the ambulance. The stretcher alone weighs 90 lbs. This is a concern for the safety of fire/rescue crews as well as the patient.
- What is the difference between a fire department and a fire district?
Fire Departments are part of a municipal government and are funded by the general revenue of the city. They are over seen by the same municipal council that over sees all city departments, and their service area falls within their municipal boundaries. Districts are special taxing agencies that service one or more municipalities as well as unincorporated county. Their funding is derived from property taxes collected within district boundaries. Fire Districts are over seen by a board of directors elected at large by the citizens of the district. A district is its own political subdivision not part of any municipal or county government.
- Why do firefighters perform business inspections?
Business inspections are performed in an effort to cut down on the loss of life and property. Additionally, inspections give firefighters an opportunity to become familiar with buildings in their areas before they respond to one for an emergency.
- What do firefighters do when they are not fighting a fire?
Fire/Rescue training, emergency medical services training, hydrant testing, fire hose tests, business inspections, station tours, community presentations and displays, and station maintenance to name a few things.
- Will the fire district provide a fire safety or disaster preparedness presentation to my business?
Yes, contact 928-636-2442 for information or to schedule a presentation.
- Will the fire department respond for a rattle snake?
Yes, we will respond and dispose of the rattlesnake appropriately. Do firefighters like rattlesnakes? No.
- Which way should I move if an emergency vehicle is approaching?
If you see an emergency vehicle approaching you should pull to the right shoulder of the road.
- Why are the firefighters at the grocery store?
Firefighters are on duty for 24hrs at a time so they cook and eat together at the station. While out doing inspections, hydrant testing, training, or returning from a call they will stop by the grocery store to pick-up food for their shift. In short, trips to the grocery store are scheduled while out on other departmental related business. At the same time, it is important for our crews to be accessible to the public. During their time at the grocery store they can be found talking to children and/or answering questions for our residents regarding any number of safety related topics. All crews are available to respond while at the store.