Fire AND HOME SAFETY

The Falcon Fire Protection District is ready to help you ensure that your family and your home stay safe. The resources below provide a wealth of information on fire and home safety. You can also call us at 719-495-4050 with any questions or concerns.

FIRE & LIFE SAFETY SELF-EVALUATION 

Don't wait until an emergency happens - use this handy checklist to make your home safer today!

Fire & Life Safety Self-Evaluation Checklist

HOME ESCAPE PLAN

If a fire occurred in your house tonight, would you and your family know what to do?

Every family should create and practice a home ecape plan that identifies at least two ways out of every room in the house and designates a meeting place outside. 

Home Escape Planning Tip Sheet - Explains what should be included in a home escape plan.

Home Escape Plan Grid - Sparky the Fire Dog helps you draw an escape plan for your family.

SMOKE ALARMS 

Smoke alarms are a vital part of home safety plans and home escape plans. Smoke spreads quickly during a fire, and these alarms provide critical early warning so that you and your family can safely get out of the house. The National Fire Protection Association estimates three out of five home fire deaths occur in buildings with no smoke alarms, or alarms that didn't work.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, and inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area.
  • Change batteries at least twice a year.
  • Test alarms monthly.
  • Smoke alarms have different sounds for actual alarms and trouble signals that mean low battery/end-of-life. Know the difference. 
  • Replace alarms that are more than 10 years old. 

Learn more about installing and maintaining smoke alarms by clicking the links below.

Home Smoke Alarm Tip Sheet - Explains proper location of smoke alarms in the home, monthly tests, and replacement of alarms older than 10 years.

Smoke Alarms for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing - Provides available options and resources for people with hearing impairments.

NFPA Smoke Alarm Video (1 minute, 50 seconds) - In less than two minutes, learn about smoke alarm placement, testing, replacement, and different types of alarms.

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

Carbon monoxide (CO) is often described as a "silent killer" because it is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. It is created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, natural gas, and propane burn incompletely. 

  • Install CO alarms on every level of your home, and outside of each sleeping area.
  • Change batteries at least twice a year.
  • Test alarms monthly.
  • CO alarms have different sounds for actual alarms and trouble signals that indicate low battery/end-of-life. Know the difference. 
  • Replace alarms according to the manufacturer's recommendation (listed on the back of the unit) or when they are more than 5 years old. 

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Tip Sheet - Explains placement, testing, and maintenance of CO alarms. 

Carbon Monoxide Q & A from the Consumer Product Safety Commission - A comprehensive look at CO, its causes, symptoms of CO poisoning, and more.

KITCHEN SAFETY

Did you know the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking? Check out the video below to learn what to do - and what not to do! - if a fire starts on your stove.

Kitchen Fire from Falcon Fire Department on Vimeo.

Cooking Safety Tip Sheet - Tips to have a safe cooking experience as well as what to do if a fire starts.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS 

Fire extinguishers can help keep small fires in check, but only if they are properly maintained and used.

Inspection/Service: The Falcon Fire Department does not inspect, recharge, or dispose of fire extinguishers. For inspection and service, please contact a fire extinguisher service company.

Disposal: The El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 3255 Akers Drive accepts fire extinguishers for disposal.

Fire Extinguisher Information from NFPA - Complete information about fire extinguishers and their use. 

Fire Extinguisher Tutorial - Nothing beats hands-on training, but this free tutorial offeres good information to get you started.

 

Residential Fire SprinklerS

NFPA Home Fire Sprinkler Information - The National Fire Protection Association separates the facts from the myths about residential spriklers.

Orange County Fire Authority's Residential Sprinkler Demonstration Video (9 minutes, 33 seconds) - This video shows the effects of residential fire sprinklers during a live burn.

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition - http://homefiresprinkler.org 

Home Fire Sprinkler Facts - http://www.falconfirepd.org/library/documents/Home_Fire_Sprinkler_Facts.pdf

MISCELLANEOUS 

After the Fire - If you experience a fire in your home, this guide will walk you through the initial steps to recovering from the incident.