Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month: Protect Your Family From Fire! Being ahead of the game is the best way to protect your family from fire.

That’s why the The Lemay Fire Protection District is joining with the National Fire Protection Association during the month of October to let citizens know: “It’s Fire Prevention Month. Protect Your Family From Fire!”

This year’s campaign focuses on preventing the leading causes of home fires – cooking, heating and electrical equipment, candles and smoking materials. Additionally, citizens are encouraged to protect their homes and families with life-saving technology and planning.

Nearly all fire deaths can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions, like having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan, keeping things that can burn away from the stove, and always turning off space heaters before going to bed.

Fire is a dangerous opponent, but by anticipating the hazards, you are much less likely to be one of the nearly 13,000 people injured in home fires each year.

The Lemay Fire Protection District offers the following tips for protecting your home and family from fire:

  • Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.

While preventing home fires is always our number one priority, it is not always possible.  So it is imperative that you provide the best protection to keep your home and family safe in the event of a fire. This can be achieved by developing an escape plan, which you practice regularly, and equipping homes with life-saving technologies, like smoke alarms and automatic fire sprinkler systems.

The following pre-planning measures will help keep your family safe if there is a fire in your home:

  • Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home (including the basement).
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms in the home so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test smoke alarms at least monthly. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner, if they do not respond when tested.
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond if the smoke alarm sounds.
  • Have a family meeting and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible ways out.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

If you are building or remodeling your home, consider installing a home fire sprinkler system.

2017 Tax Rate

The Board Of Directors of the Lemay Fire Protection District has set the yearly tax rate for the up coming year.

Welcome to the Lemay Fire Protection District

The Lemay Fire Protection District covers approximately 4.5 square miles of unincorporated St. Louis County and the City of Bella Villa with a population of about 17,000.

Take Shelter

Taking appropriate shelter is critical for protection in times of disaster. When conditions require it, you may need to seek shelter in your home, workplace or school. Sheltering outside the hazard area could include staying with friends or relatives or at a mass care facility operated by disaster relief groups.
The safest location to seek shelter varies by hazard. For example, select a room in a basement or an interior room on the lowest level away from windows and outside walls if a tornado strikes.
Depending on the type of disaster, there may be times when it is best to “shelter in place” to avoid uncertainty outdoors. Some guidelines for sheltering in place include:
  • Bring your family and pets inside immediately;
  • Get your emergency supply kit;
  • Lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers; and
  • Go to an interior room with few or no windows.
If the need arises, you could be asked to create a barrier of protection between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside. Learn the steps required to “seal the room.” It could be a matter of survival!