Central New York

Practicing Fire Safety

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Three Syracuse fires have some people in the Central New York Community focused on fire prevention

Aaron Scheinblum – Syracuse, NY

After three recent Syracuse fires, some people are thinking about fire safety. And we’re all reminded that a little mistake is all it takes.

A look inside the Liverpool Fire Department, a group of 86 volunteer firefighters between three Salina districts.

Syracuse Fire Officials fortunately report that there were no major injuries in either of the three fires over the weekend, but it provided an excellent reminder how people should best be prepared. I spoke with the Liverpool Fire Department and some local Syracuse residents to remind us how to best protect ourselves from fires at home.

“What they should have is an escape plan from their home,” says Cpt. Craig Griffin of the Liverpool Fire Department. “Have at least two ways out of the residence, whether it’s an apartment or it’s a home.”

Two Syracuse residents, Stephen and Kyle, seem to have come up with a very simple escape plan: “Down the stairs and out… there’s really only one way out of the house.”

And when a simple plan seems like an obvious plan, fire officials recommend thinking a little more outside the box.

“They have windows,” assured Griffin. “You may not be able to get down, (but) go to the window, hang a blanket or sheet out the window so we can recognize that somebody’s in danger in that apartment, and we’ll ladder the windows to get you out.”

According to the American Red Cross, one of the most important things you can do in regards to fire prevention are to make sure your smoke detectors work. The Red Cross also suggests if a fire starts, get out and stay out! And put a smoke detector in every bedroom, but don’t sleep on testing your alarms.

“They should be tested at least monthly,” says Griffin. “And the batteries are suggested to be changed once a year, but I change mine out every six months.”

Cpt. Griffin also says that it’s important to establish a meeting place outside with your family or roommates to ensure everyone has gotten out safe.

Daylight savings time is this coming weekend and fire officials recommend everyone change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks.