- CHECK THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE ALARMS ONCE A MONTH
- CHANGE THE BATTERIES TWICE A YEAR, ( SPRING, FALL)
- PRACTICE HOME FIRE DRILLS
- KNOW AT LEAST TWO WAY S OUT OF YOUR HOME
- GET LOW AND GO! ALWAYS CRAWL BELOW THE SMOKE WHEN EXITING THE BUILDING
- GETO OUT AND STAY OUT! DON’T GO BACK IN FOR ANYTHING ONCE YOU GET OUTSIDE!
- ONLY HAVE ONE MEETING PLACE, AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS WHERE IT IS
- KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN THE KITCHEN IN A SAFE PLACE IN CASE OF A FIRE
- WHEN CALLING 911 BE PREPARED TO GIVE ADDRESS AND CROSS STREET.
The Anderson County Fire Protection Commission has been notified by ISO that the fire district’s ISO Public Protection Classification will be reduced in October 2017. The Anderson County Fire Protection Commission district was graded in March and has received a rating of 3/3y. The previous rating was a 4/4x. In this rating every citizen in the fire protection commission’s jurisdiction has the potential to receive a deduction in their insurance premiums. The grading process evaluates several areas including emergency communication, fire department capabilities, water supply, and community risk reduction.
We are pleased to announce the improvement in the ISO rating and are very proud of our team for achieving a valued benchmark. Anderson County citizens can be confident that the Anderson County Fire Protection Commission and the 900 volunteer firefighters are working for them to provide adequate fire protection.
With almost 900 volunteer firefighters in 27 locally organized fire stations Anderson Fire Protection Commission is one of the largest volunteer fire systems in the nation. The value of a volunteer fire service is seen every day in the commitment of volunteer firefighters that have signed up to protect their neighbors from fires and emergency situations. This reduction in ISO classification is another example of their commitment to the citizens of Anderson County.
On October 1, 2017 citizens should contact their insurance provider to advise them of the reduced classification to seek any premium reductions.
As Hurricane Activity Increases, So Does the Importance of Fire Safety
Tips for Safe Candle Use When the Lights Go Out
WASHINGTON, DC—Not only has hurricane season arrived, but severe weather all across the country can happen during the summer months, which often leads to the temporary loss of electric power. The U.S. candle industry and state fire marshals advise consumers to take critical safety measures if using candles or other open flames during a power outage.
An estimated 26% of fatal candle fires occur during the loss of electrical power. While flashlights and battery-powered lamps often provide a safe source of light during these power outages, candles are frequently utilized as a back-up source of light during lengthy periods.
Power outages as a result of hurricanes and severe weather cannot be avoided, but accidental candle fires can. The National Candle Association and the National Association of State Fire Marshals recommend the following precautions to keep your family and home safe:
- Pillar candles and container candles are a better choice during a power outage than taper candles. Broader-based candles are less likely to be accidentally knocked over. When possible, candles should be enclosed within glass globes for added protection from burns or fire.
- Place candles on a stable surface in a fire resistant holder that is at least 12 inches away from anything flammable, including upholstered furniture and window drapes. For added safety when the lights go out, a candle in its holder may be placed on a stable, nonflammable surface, such as a metal cookie sheet, frying pan or ceramic dinner plate.
- Avoid moving a burning candle during a power outage if possible. It is easy to trip in the dark or brush against something flammable. Container candles may be too hot to handle, causing you to drop the container, which could start a fire.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Try to restrict people and candles to one room in the house so the location of family members and candle flames always can be accounted for. Always extinguish candles upon leaving a room.
- Make sure the candles are well out of the reach of children and pets. Young children are especially apt to bump into things when a room is unfamiliarly dark.
- Don’t use candles to search for something in a closet or small confined space. Many items in closets like clothes, papers or boxes are flammable and could accidentally ignite.
- Never fall asleep while candles are burning. Extinguish all candles before going to bed, and never use a candle as a nightlight.
- Extinguish candles safely. Extinguish the candle by cupping your hand behind the candle flame before blowing it out – or, better yet, snuff out the flame with a metal candle snuffer. A spark or ember, if blown from the candle, could ignite combustibles nearby.
To learn more about candle fire safety, visit http://candles.org/fire-
If You Experience Any Of The Following Symptoms Seek Medical Attention Right Away
- Incredibly Hot and Red Skin
- Dizziness and Fainting
- Extreme Fatigue
- Rapid Heart Beat
- Mental Confusion
- Lack of Sweating
- Severe Headache
South Carolina’s child passenger restraint law requires that:
- Children from birth to 1 year old, or who weigh less than 20 pounds, must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat.
- Children 1 through 5 years old weighing at least 20 pounds and less than 40 pounds must be restrained in a forward-facing child seat.
- Children 1 through 5 years old weighing 40 to 80 pounds must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat.
- Children under the age of 6 are not required to be in booster seats if they weigh more than 80 pounds or if they can sit with their backs against the car’s seat and bend their legs over the seat edge without slouching.
- Children under 6 may not sit in the front passenger seat. However, this restriction does not apply if the vehicle has no rear passenger seats or if all other rear passenger seats are occupied by children less than 6 years old.
Violators are subject to a $150 fine. This law does not apply to taxis, church, school and day care buses, or commercial vehicles.
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