Today's Safety Tip

 
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July 25, 1918 - The first paid, full-time fire department in Kirkwood went on duty. A volunteer bucket brigade served the City beginning in 1853. A volunteer fire company was set up after a huge fire wiped out the City armory on April 30, 1904, while most of the citizens were attending opening day at the World’s Fair.

Fire

Fire Prevention & Safety

What To Do In An Emergency?

1. STAY CALM!
Stop. Think. Then act.

2. SURVEY THE SCENE.
What happened? Is it safe? You can't help someone if you become a victim yourself.

3. SURVEY THE VICTIM.
Tap on the shoulder and shout "Are you okay?"
If they answer, ask them where they hurt and what happened. If they don't, open the airway, and look, listen, and feel for breathing. If none, give two full breaths. Check for circulation.

4. GIVE FIRST AID AND CARE.
Have the victim lie still. If they are standing, have them sit down or lie down. Keep the victim calm. Maintain the victim's temperature.  If it is cold out, keep them warm.  If it is hot out, move the victim, if possible, to a cooler location or make shade for them.

5. CALL FOR HELP!
Dial 9-1-1. Stay on the line. DO NOT HANG UP! Remain calm and report:  Who, What, Where, How many, and When.

If you have never taken a CPR class, now is the perfect time. Call the Kirkwood Fire Department at 314-822-5883 to find out when the next class is taking place.  Or call the local chapter of the American Red Cross. You never know when you might need to help someone in need.

Basic Fire Tips

HOME ESCAPE FIRE TIPS
  • Install a smoke detector on each level of the home and outside sleeping areas.
  • Check your smoke detector battery monthly to make sure it is working properly.
  • Change the batteries at least twice a year - when you set your clock (Spring & Fall).
  • Plan to assist family members that are unable to escape on their own.
  • Practice your primary and alternative escape routes.
  • Check to make sure all windows open easily.
  • Yell or pound on wall to notify your family members of a fire.
  • Never waste time getting dressed or gathering valuables.
  • Always test the door for heat before opening.
  • Crawl on the floor or stoop low to avoid smoke.
  • Exit quickly and calmly.
  • Go to designated meeting place outside.
  • Make sure everyone is out of the house.
IF YOUR CLOTHES CATCH FIRE, STOP, DROP & ROLL