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PUT A FREEZE ON WINTER FIRES - PART 3: THANKSGIVING SAFETY
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 
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Part 3 of the "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires" series focuses on Thanksgiving safety. With family over for celebrations, the kitchen can become a crowded place. Before letting children and other family members help, set some ground rules to keep everyone safe.

- Stay in the home when cooking - check on items frequently

- Stay in the kitchen when you are using the stovetop

- Make sure children stay away from the stove and oven. Children should be at least 3 feet away.

- Hot foods and liquids, even if they are not on the stove, can cause serious burns - ensure children are supervised near anything that could harm them.

- Keep knives, including electric knives, out of the reach of children. Talk to older children about how to stay safe around knives.

- Use extreme caution if you intend to fry a turkey and NEVER fry a turkey inside your home. The National Fire Protection Association recommends you leave turkey frying to professionals all together. Please consider reading their safety tips here:

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking/safety-with-cooking-equipment/turkey-fryers

As always, ensure your smoke alarms are in working order and ensure you have a functional fire extinguisher handy.

Stay safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 


 
PUT A FREEZE ON WINTER FIRES - PART 2: HEATING SAFETY
   
Saturday, November 15, 2014 
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Part 2 of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” focuses on heating safety.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that faulty or improper use of heating equipment was the cause of 53,600 home fires in the United States in 2011.  Follow these tips to keep your home and family safe from heater related fires:

- Have your furnace serviced and inspected by a qualified professional every year

- Ensure any portable space heaters are at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn

- Confirm space heaters have a built in automatic shut-off

- Always plug space heaters directly into an outlet, never an extension cord

- If you’re heating your home with a wood burning stove only used wood that has properly seasoned (dried & prepared for burning)

- Ensure your chimney has been cleaned and inspected

- Never use your oven to heat your home

- Test your smoke alarm and CO alarms to ensure operation (ensure each level of your home has at least one smoke and CO alarm)
 


 
PUT A FREEZE ON WINTER FIRES - PART 1: CHIMNEY & FIREPLACE SAFETY
   
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 
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As the temperatures cool, the O'Fallon Fire Department will present a short series of articles to raise awareness on how to keep your family safe from chimney fires, heating fires, Thanksgiving safety and Holiday safety.

Week 1 - Chimney Fires

Cooling temperatures mean an increase in fireplace usage. To keep your home safe during fireplace season, the U.S Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association recommend the following tips:

- Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.

- Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.

- Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.

- Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening, to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted material from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants.

- Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.

- Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.

- Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel. A spark from the fireplace could easily ignite theses materials.

- Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out. NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.
If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package. NEVER break a synthetic log apart to quicken the fire or use more than one log at a time. They often burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide.

For more information, please visit the National Fire Protection Association.


 
JOIN US FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK & OPEN HOUSE
   
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 
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The O'Fallon Fire Department will be hosting 3 nights of open house on October 7th, 8th & 9th to share the 2014 National Fire Protection Association Message:
"Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month!"

Join us at Engine House #2 (located at the corner at 3rd Street and Highway 50) from 6:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m on October 7th, 8th & 9th

We'll have fire truck rides, smoke house tours for the kids, educational materials and other family fun! Stop by and meet your firefighters!


 
TAKE THE 2014 SMOKE ALARM PLEDGE
   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND California Resort launched the 2014 Smoke Alarm Pledge. Between September 2nd and October 5th, anyone who fills in the form through the link below agrees to take the “Smoke Alarm Pledge” which states that you will test each of your home’s smoke alarms each month to ensure they are working. The downloadable and printable Smoke Alarm Pledge is a helpful reminder for you and your family members.

By taking the Pledge, you will be entered into the NFPA, LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND California Resort Sweepstakes. One randomly selected grand prize winner will win a trip for four to either LEGOLAND Florida or LEGOLAND California Resort (winner’s choice), including admission tickets, airfare and hotel accommodations. Ten randomly selected runners up will win four admission tickets to their choice of park. Please see official rules for details:
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/partners-in-safety/legoland/take-the-2014-smoke-alarm-pledge
 


 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY PROMOTED OFFICERS!
From left: Director of Public Safety Eric Van Hook, Lieutenant Jon Williams, Captain Shawn Miller, Deputy Chief Tim Claxton and Fire Chief Brent Saunders
   From left: Director of Public Safety
      Eric Van Hook, Lieutenant Jon Williams,
      Captain Shawn Miller, Deputy Chief Tim
      Claxton and Fire Chief Brent Saunders
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 
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At the end of July, Deputy Chief Gary Stein stepped down from his position. Gary remains an important asset and member of the department and will continue to serve the community as a firefighter. We're grateful for the leadership Gary provided in his tenure as Deputy Chief and we extend our gratitude for his hard work, attention to detail and commitment to excellence!

Filling the vacancy left by Gary will be Tim Claxton. Tim most recently held the rank of Captain and brings more than 15 years of firefighting experience with him to the position. Please join us in congratulating Tim as he dons a white helmet!

We're also pleased to announce that Shawn Miller has been promoted to Captain and Jon Williams has been elevated to the position of Lieutenant. Congratulations Shawn and Jon!

 
CHIEF SAUDERS RECOGNIZED AS ILLINOIS FIRE CHIEF OF THE YEAR
Chief Saunders (center) receives his 2014 Illinois Fire Chief of the Year award.
   Chief Saunders (center) receives his
      2014 Illinois Fire Chief of the Year
      award.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 
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The O'Fallon Fire Department is proud to announce that Chief Saunders recently received the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Fire Chief of the Year award!

This award recognizes Chief Saunders' fire service accomplishments including public education and life safety advancement, innovative and entrepreneurial efforts and accomplishments, education and scholastic achievements, significant public service performance, and contribution to the Illinois Fire service.

Chief Saunders was presented with this award at the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Annual Symposium in East Peoria, Illinois on May 15th, 2014.

Congratulations Chief - we couldn't agree more with their decision and we're proud to work alongside you!


 
JOIN US FOR THE 15th ANNUAL SPRING GOLF CLASSIC
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 
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It's that time of year again! Dust off your golf clubs and join us Friday, June 6th, 2014 at Tamarack Country Club in Shiloh for a day of great golfing!

Your generous support has made this event a success for 15 years and we're once again asking for your help! There are several ways in which you can assist - tiered hole sponsorships, forming a team of four golfers, donating attendance prizes or by purchasing raffle tickets.
 
 Tax deductible hole sponsorships are available the following donation levels:
 ~$500 (or more) - Chief Sponsor
 ~$250 -499 - Deputy Chief Sponsor
 ~$100 -249 - Assistant Chief Sponsor

If you're interested in hole sponsorships, donating attendance prizes, forming a team or purchasing raffle tickets, please contact Firefighter and Golf Committee Chair, Jeff Talley  at 618.624.4500 ext. 5013 or via e-mail  jtalley (at) ofallon.org

 Thank you for your continued support!


 
EXPLORER POST 4300 CAR WASH
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 
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Explorer Post 4300 is holding a car wash and cookout on Saturday, May 31st from 10:00am - 3:00pm!

This fundraiser will help send the Explorers to Fire College at the Illinois Fire Service Institute. Stop by and have a snack while the Explorer's wash you car!


 
HELP US FILL THE BOOT FOR MDA
   
Friday, April 4, 2014 
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Join us at Syberg's on Monday, April 7th to fill the boot for MDA.  If you plan to cheer the Cardinals on during their home opener, come to Syberg's to watch the game and support a great cause! In addition to the firefighters  taking donations in their boots for MDA, Syberg's will be donating 10% of sales between 4:00pm - 8:00pm to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Be sure to mention "dine to donate" when it's time to pay your bill!

See you Monday night!


 
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