Fire Prevention and Safety Tips
- Make sure your family has an escape plan. You can contace the Fire Prevention office at 210/653-9140, ext. 2241 for more information on developing a plan
- Sleep with the bedroom door closed. Closed doors provide protection against heat and smoke.
- Teach everyone in your household to recognize the sound of your smoke alarm.
- Test doors before opening them. Heat, smoke or flames can easily overcome you when you open a door to an area where fire has spread.
- Use windows as alternate exits.
- Crawl low under smoke. During a fire, super heated air and toxic gases fill the room from the top down. This leaves a "safety zone" of breathable air about 12-24 inches above the floor.
- If your clothes catch on fire: Stop, Drop and Roll
PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Consider the following: Each day, an average of three kids die in home fires - 1,100 each year. About 3,600 children are injured in house fires each year. 90 percent of child fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors.
- Change your smoke detector batteries (change annually)
- Check your smoke detectors (push the safety test button)
- Count your smoke detectors (at least one on every level of your home, and most importantly outside each bedroom)
- Vacuum your smoke detectors
- Check or change your flashlight batteries
- Install fire extenguishers (in or near the kitchen)
- Plan and practice a fire escape
- Change your clock, change your battery
- Everyone who enters the pool area should know how to swim. Please call 210/653-9140, ext. 2235 for swimming lesson information from our Recreation Department.
- Never leave a child unobserved around water. Your eyes must be on the child at all times.
- Keep a phone nearby so that you can quickly call 911 in an emergency.
- Learn CPR and insist that everyone who cares for your child knows CPR. Please contact the Fire Department to request CPR training infomration 210/653-9140, ext. 2243
- Post CPR instructions and local emergency numbers in the pool area.
- Enclose the pool completely with a self-locking, self-closing fence.
- Make sure children cannot climb over the fence
- Always keep basic lifesaving equipment by the pool and know how to use it. Pole, rope, and personal flotation devices are recommended.
- Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use. Toys can attract young children into the pool.
- Pool covers should always be completely removed prior to pool use.
- If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom, and surface, as well as the surrounding area.
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