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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!


 
CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES
   
Saturday, March 8, 2014 
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With the beginning of daylight saving time approaching on Sunday March 9, the O’Fallon Fire Department would like to remind everyone to CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS / CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES.

The O’Fallon Fire Department actively supports the Change Your Clocks/Change Your Batteries program. The program promotes the changing of all household smoke detector batteries twice a year in order to raise awareness of the importance of properly working household smoke detectors. It is proven that working smoke detectors save lives.

The O’Fallon Fire Department offers the following tips for making sure the smoke alarms in your home are maintained and working properly
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
- If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
- The manufacturers recommend that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are replaced every 10 years.  Carbon Monoxide detectors may need to be replaced   every seven years.  Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the back.
- Reminder:  Electric wired smoke detectors in residences have battery backups.
- Compressed air can be used to blow out detectors and reduce the chance of false alarms by removing foreign debris that can activate the detector.

Visit NFPA’s Web site at www.nfpa.org/smokealarms  for more information.


 
THE O'FALLON FIRE DEPARTMENT TAKES DELIVERY OF A NEW 100' PLATFORM
Saturday, March 1, 2014 
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You may start noticing new fire apparatus around town in the next few weeks! One of the new Engines we received back in late November is already running frontline calls out of Engine House 3 in Shiloh. The other is expected to be in service soon.

In addition, our new 100' Ladder/Platform was recently delivered and crews are beginning to train on it, while members of the truck committee work to get it outfitted with all the needed tools and equipment. New 4329 should be in service soon. Old 4329 and old 4311 are moving on to serve new departments - we're grateful for the 30+ years of service 4329 gave us, (and 4311's tenure as well) and happy to report both apparatus will continue fire and rescue activities!

Look for new photos to be added once the weather becomes more spring like!


 
TIPS FOR CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY
Friday, February 14, 2014 
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Carbon monoxide, often called the silent killer, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane, burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

Here are some tips for making sure the carbon monoxide detectors in your home are installed, maintained and working properly:

- Choose a carbon monoxide detector that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Before installation, read the manufacturer’s instructions on the back of your carbon monoxide detector.
- Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all carbon monoxide alarms throughout the home.
- Test all carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month. If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. A single beep or chirp can indicate that the battery is low and needs to be replaced. If the battery has been replaced and the detector continues to sound, the detector may be faulty.
- Many carbon monoxide detectors carry a seven year life-cycle from the date they were powered up. Please make sure that you replace old detectors. 
- If the carbon monoxide detector alarm sounds; in most cases the detector will beep four times, pause, then continue the four beep cycle to indicate the presence of carbon monoxide; immediately move to a fresh-air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone in the building is accounted for. Call 9-1-1 for help from a fresh-air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.
- If you are unsure about the possibility of carbon monoxide within your residence after reviewing detector instructions, please contact the fire department.

We would also like to provide the following tips to help reduce or eliminate dangerous levels of carbon monoxide from forming near you and your loved ones:

- If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if the garage door is open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow or debris.
- During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
- If you are using a generator, make sure it is in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
- Gas or charcoal grills can produce carbon monoxide, make sure to use them outdoors only.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the O’Fallon Fire Department at 618.624.4515. For Emergencies, always dial 9-1-1.


 
BURN AWARENESS WEEK: FEB. 2ND - 8TH
Sunday, February 2, 2014 
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The American Burn Association estimates that over 250,000 people in North America receive medical treatment for scald injuries annually. Scald injuries affect all ages and many can be easily prevented. The two most common type of scald burns are tap water and cooking related. 

The American Burn Association recommends the following simple safety tips to decrease the risk to yourself and those you love from tap water scalds:

    - Set home water heater thermostats to deliver water at a temperature no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. An easy method to test this is to allow hot water to run for three to five minutes, and then test with a candy, meat or water thermometer. Adjust the water heater, wait a day to let the temperature drop, re-test, and re-adjust.
    
    - Provide constant adult supervision of young children or anyone who may experience difficulty removing themselves from hot water on their own. Gather all necessary supplies before placing a child in the tub, and keep them within easy reach.
    
    - Fill tub to desired level before getting in. Run cold water first, and then add hot. Turn off the hot water first. This can prevent scalding in case someone should fall in while the tub is filling. Mix the water thoroughly and check the temperature by moving your elbow, wrist or hand with spread fingers through the water before allowing someone to get in.
    
    - Install grab bars, shower seats or non-slip flooring in tubs or showers if the person is unsteady or weak.

    - Avoid flushing toilets, running water or using the dish or clothes washer while anyone is showering.
    
    - Install anti-scald or tempering devices. These heat sensitive instruments stop or interrupt the flow of water when the temperature reaches a pre-determined level and prevent hot water that is too hot from coming out of the tap.

Cooking-related scalds are also easy to prevent. Some things you can do to make your home safer from cooking-related burns include:

    - Establish a “kid zone” out of the traffic path between the stove and sink where children can safely play and still be supervised. Keep young children in high chairs or play yards, a safe distance from counter or stovetops, hot liquids, hot surfaces or other cooking hazards.
    
    - Cook on back burners when young children are present. Keep all pot handles turned back, away from the stove edge. All appliance cords should be coiled and away from the counter edge. During mealtime, place hot items in the center of the table, at least 10 inches from the table edge. Use non-slip placemats instead of tablecloths if toddlers are present.  Never drink or carry hot liquids while carrying or holding a child. Quick motions may cause spilling of the liquid onto the child.

“Although anyone can sustain a scald burn, certain people are more likely to be scalded - infants, young children, older adults and people with disabilities. These high-risk groups are also more likely to require hospitalization, suffer complications and experience a difficult recovery,” says Fire Chief Brent Saunders.  “Most burn injuries occur in the person’s own home and the vast majority of these injuries could have easily been prevented.”

For more information about preventing scald burns, please contact the American Burn Association at 312.642.9260 or visit www.ameriburn.org. O'Fallon-Shiloh Valley-Caseyville Township Fire Protection District residents with questions and/or concerns may also contact the O’Fallon Fire Department at 618.624.4515. 


 
MOURNING THE LOSS OF JERRY GASS
Saturday, February 1, 2014 
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 It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of fire district trustee Jerry Gass on Thursday, January 30th.  Jerry has been the treasurer for the O’Fallon, Shiloh Valley, Caseyville Fire Protection District for over 20 years. The department mourns the passing of Jerry and sends our deepest sympathies to his family and all his friends.  We're grateful for the many years of service that Jerry gave to the department and the rural district. Services for Jerry will be:

Visitation: Monday 4pm - 8pm at St. Nicholas Church
Funeral: Tuesday 10am at St. Nicholas Church


 
TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HOME SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Friday, December 6, 2013 
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With the recent snowfall it's difficult not to be in the Holiday spirit! So if you've begun to decorate your home for the Holidays please keep a few safety tips in mind:

- Water live trees often & be sure to keep them at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces or space heaters.

- Be sure lit candles are safe distances away from curtains & decorations, when possible consider using battery operated flameless candles.

- Check your holiday lights to be sure they've been tested by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as UL.

- When using a wood burning fireplace, be sure to use properly seasoned firewood and keep a screen in front of the firebox to contain any embers.

- It's not too late to have your chimney cleaned & inspected! 
 
Happy Holidays from the O'Fallon Fire Department!


 
THE O'FALLON FIRE DEPARTMENT TAKES DELIVERY ON TWO NEW ENGINES
   
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 
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The O'Fallon Fire Department recently took delivery of two new engines from Smeal Fire Apparatus in Snyder, Nebraska. The two engines were built to the following specifications:

Chassis and Cab:   Spartan Metro Star

Engine: Cummins ISL9 - 450 hp

Transmission: Allison 3000 EVS

Pump: Hale, QMAX, 2000 gpm

Water Capacity: 600 gallons

Foam System: Hale 5.0 Single Foam

In addition, these two new engines have shorter wheelbases and higher ground clearance which will help the department access properties in the surrounding rural fire protection district.


 
CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES!
Daylight savings time is here again! We would like to remind everyone to CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS / CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES.  The CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS / CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES slogan promotes the changing of all household smoke detector batteries twice a year.  The slogan was created in order to raise awareness of the importance of properly working household smoke detectors.  It is PROVEN that working smoke detectors save lives.

Here are some tips for making sure the smoke alarms in your home are maintained and working properly:

- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
- If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
- The manufacturers recommend that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are replaced every 10 years.
- Reminder:  Electric wired smoke detectors in residences have battery backups.
- Compressed air can be used to blow out detectors and reduce the chance of false alarms.
 
O'Fallon-Shiloh Valley-Caseyville Township Fire Protection District residents with questions and/or concerns about the updated smoke alarm requirements may contact the O’Fallon Fire Department at (618) 624-4515. You can also visit  the NFPA’s Web site at www.nfpa.org/smokealarms  for more information.


 
JOIN US FOR FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE!
   
Autumn is in the air, which means it's almost time for National Fire Prevention Week! This year's theme is "Prevent Kitchen Fires!" While we always strive to promote fire safety, we'll be spending the entire month of October visiting schools and talking with kids about how they can be fire safe!

In conjunction with our school visits, we'll be hosting open house for 3 nights in October! Bring the family to Engine House #2 (at the corner of Hwy 50 and 3rd Street) October 8th, 9th and 10th between 6:30pm - 8:30pm to learn how to protect yourself and your family from the dangers of kitchen fires.

During open house you can see the fire trucks, learn about the importance of having an escape plan & meeting place, take a ride down the slide pole, meet the firefighters and experience the child safety smokehouse!


 
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