Fire

  Fire Departments respond to:

   Medical Emergencies
 Rescue

Fire


Spokane Fire Department
(City of Spokane)

44 W. Riverside
Spokane, WA   99201-0189
(509) 625-7000
http://spokanefire.org
Volunteer Coordinator:

   Brian Schaeffer
   (509) 625-7000

Spokane Valley Fire Depart.
10319 E. Sprague  
Spokane Valley, WA   99206-3627  
(509) 928-1700   (non-emergency)

Statistics
  • Wild fires are the 2nd most likely disaster to occur in the Inland Northwest.
  • Urban fires are the 5th most likely disaster to occur in the Inland Northwest.
  • 9 out of 10 wild fires are caused by humans—and are preventable!
  • Fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined.  85% of fire fatalities occur in residences, with cooking as the leading cause.  
  • Many home fires begin with hot dishes or ashes being put into paper bags, boxes, or trash cans.  

What You Can Do
  • Will your home survive a wildfire?  Be Firewise.  Contact SCD (Spokane Conservation District) for a free property assessment. 

    Spokane Conservation District
    210 N. Havana St.
    Spokane, WA   99202
    (509) 535-7274 
    http://www.sccd.org/

  • Fire Hydrants.  Residents and businesses should make sure the fire hydrants are shoveled out and accessible during the winter.  Fire response could be slowed if firefighters have to dig out a hydrant during a house fire.  It is the responsibility of residents to make sure hydrants are not buried in snow.  
  • Visible House Numbers.  Remove snow covering curb-painted house numbers, and see that house numbers are easily visible on your home.  
  • Smoke Detectors.

    • Install Smoke Detectors.   Install smoke detectors in the hallway next to the bedroom doors, and on every level in your home.  Test each detector monthly, and replace the batteries twice a year.  Completely replace the smoke detector every 10 years.

    • Sell Smoke Detectors.  Encourage fundraising organizations to sell smoke alarms instead of candy.  Most fire fatalities have no smoke alarms. 

    • Donate Smoke Detectors.  Find a corporate sponsor to buy a large quantity of smoke detectors and batteries to donate to needy families.  
  • Fire Extinguishers.  Have at least 2 fire extinguishers in the home, including one in the kitchen.  Check them monthly to ensure they are properly charged.  
  • Fire Departments can offer demonstrations of how to use a fire extinguisher and the different types of extinguishers.  
  • Teach children about fire safety.  Children set more than 100,000 fires per year, one every 5 minutes.  More than 4,000 Americans, including 600 children, die each year as a result of fire.  For more information, view the U.S. Fire Administration’s Web site at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/
  • Burning Wood.  

    • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, be extremely careful when disposing of warm ashes. 
    • Have your fireplace and furnace checked and cleaned regularly. 
    • Never leave a fire unattended—even a cigarette.  
  • Keep matches, lighters and lighter fluids out of the reach of children.
  • Clean your dryer’s lint filter after every load, and make sure the exhaust hose is not kinked. 
  • Practice escape plans with children in the event of a fire. 

    • Talk frequently about the family’s fire escape plan, and make sure children know of 2 exit paths, especially from their bedrooms.  Teach children how to open the window and remove or kick out the screen.  (If there is a significant drop, purchase a chain ladder to install at the window ledge.)  Teach family members that smoke will likely make it impossible for them to see.  Teach them to stay low to the floor and cover their mouth with a piece of clothing while escaping.   In addition, do the following:

    • Keep a flashlight in each room.

    • Plan 2 ways of escape from every room.  Feel all doors before opening them.  If the door is hot, leave it closed and find another way out.  Close the doors behind you as you leave a room. 

    • Teach your family to “Stop, Drop and Roll” in the event clothing catches  fire, and practice this with children.

    • Show children a picture of a fire fighter in full gear and oxygen mask, and teach children not to be afraid of and hide from firefighters.

    • Determine a safe place to meet outside to account for everyone.

Outdoor Fires

Protect your home from wildfires
(such as the one we had with Firestorm 1991).
  • Bans against open burning and recreational fires are ordered often within Spokane County, especially during the summer and fall months.  Backyard barbeques and other patio-type burners like chimeneas and patio/deck warmers are allowed provided the fuel is briquettes, propane or seasoned firewood.  Failure to comply with a burn ban when ordered to do so may result in a fine up to $1,000.   
  • Schedule a fire risk assessment of your property by contacting Garth Davis at the Spokane County Conservation District at (509) 535-7274, or email at forester@sccd.org.  That assessment will tell you what you are doing right, and what you need to do to improve the chances of your property surviving a fire.
  • Assess the safety and risks of your property by considering these questions:  
    • What kinds of fire-resistant materials are used in your house and outbuildings?
    • Are the gutters clean?  
    • Have you created a fire safety zone by removing combustible plants and  vegetation next to your home?
    • Are wood piles and other flammable materials stored well away from your buildings?  
    • Are trash and clutter picked up?  
    • Are pine needles, cones and leaves raked up and removed from near the house?
    • Have you replaced bark mulches with rock or hardscape?  
    • Are your trees “limbed up” at least 12 feet off the ground to reduce the potential of ground fire moving into the tree’s crown?  
    • Are deciduous shrubs cleaned up to remove dead and twiggy wood that could catch fire easily?  
  • Join a volunteer fire department.  There are far more volunteer firefighters in America than there are paid professionals. 
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