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Fire Safety & Education
Each year approximately 80% of all fire fatalities are the direct result of residential structure fires. The large number of fatalities in our country is the reason fire departments are alerting citizen’s to develop fire escape plans and practice fire drills in their home. Of these fire deaths, most are from smoke inhalation. Smoke or poisonous gases inhaled by someone sleeping can cause the person to become unconscious or pass out before they can escape. Super heated smoke and gases can also cause lung damage, obscure light, and totally block normal exit routes in your home. This is the reason to plan and practice fire drills, two ways to escape from all rooms of your home.
Residential Fire Prevention and Safety Guide
Planning For Fire Emergencies
The development and implementation of an escape plan for your home is one of the smartest steps taken to reduce the risk from fire:
- Develop a step-by-step fire exit plan with everyone who lives or stays in your home. This plan should include doors, windows, escape ladders, if needed, or anything that can be beneficial in emergency escape such as porch roof or balcony that could be utilized for escape.
- Plan and practice two ways to exit each room. Check to be certain that doors and windows are in working order; they unlock easily and are not obstructed or jammed.
- Establish a safe meeting area outside in front of the residence where everyone knows to meet after exiting the home.
- Install house numbers of size and color that are clearly visible from the street
- All family members should memorize the emergency phone number 9-1-1 and always call for assistance after leaving the residence.
- If possible, locate someone outside close to the street to flag down responders
- Practice your escape plan at least twice per year.
- Above all, do not ever return to a burning or smoke filled structure once you have escaped.
After a Fire
- Contact your insurance agent or carrier immediately for advice
- Secure the property before leaving the premises if possible
- Contact the post office (forward or hold mail)
If you are in need of assistance to obtain emergency shelter, food, clothing, basic hygiene or medical items contact the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 865-983-0821.
Fire Safety House
The mobile Scotty Fire Safety House can come to your location for fire safety or weather awareness training.
Imagine you or your child awakens one night to find your home filling with smoke. What do you do?
If you have visited the fire safety house, you will have the skills that can potentially save your life. Using our fire safety house, we instruct visitors on burn prevention, exit plans, smoke detector maintenance, kitchen safety and how to call for assistance in the event of an emergency.
The mobile classroom is specially designed to aid in the instruction of fire safety techniques through fun, safe simulation of common hazards. Our fire safety house is equipped with a kitchen, bedroom and living room complete with seating for approximately 20 students.
The fire safety house fills with nontoxic water based smoke. This realistic environment teaches students to crawl low to safety and have an exit plan. A heated door assists students in choosing the correct exit.
Severe Weather Programs
Severe weather programs are also conduced with a slight change in the fire safety house. During the weather simulation, students experience a real life tornado complete with lightning, sounds of the storm and power failure.
The City of Alcoa Fire Department provides public fire education to all groups in the community from preschool to senior citizen groups. All tours are fun and educational with each tour conducted at appropriate material for the age group.
To schedule a visit or request a visit for your group call 865-380-4999 or email Fire Marshal Darren Stinnett.