State Fire Marshall Warns The Public To Beware Of Fire Danger From Alternative Heat Sources
Heating Equipment:  Leading Cause of Home Fatal Heating Fires in U.S.
 

SPRINGFIELD - The Office of The Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is raising awareness about winter fire risks, especially with use of space heaters and fire places as alternative sources to heat homes.  Nearly half of all home heating related fires occur between the months of December and February, according to the National Fie Safety Association.

"This is very dangerous time for fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.  During this rough winter it is imperative to remind the public of the proper use of space heaters and other ways to stay warm," said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. "Although space heaters provide heating, they could also bring major safety concerns if adequate safety precautions are not followed."

In Illinois in 2012, 67 home fires were caused by alternative heaters and 67 other fires were linked to chimneys and fireplaces.  The OSFM recommends giving heating equipment three feet of space between the device and anything that can burn, including people.  It is also important to make sure there is adequate overhead clearance for space heaters.

The OSFM also reminds residents about the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by many furnaces, fireplaces and kerosene space heaters.  It is important to keep all systems and fireplaces well maintained and clean.  If a kerosene space heater is used, make sure it is vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Illinois Carbon Monoxide Detector Act (430 IL CS135) requires that every dwelling unit shall be equipped with at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm in an operating condition within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes.  Every structure that contains more than one dwelling unit shall contain at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm in operating condition within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes.  Working smoke alarms must be place at a maximum of 15 feet from sleeping quarters, at least one on each level (including basements).

Remember the following regarding when using space heaters/fireplaces:          

  • All heaters need space.  Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, such as furniture, bedding, paper or other flammable items.

  • Have a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.  Pets should also be kept away from them.

  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.

  • When using electric space heaters, make sure they are UL rated.

  • Plug space heaters directly into the wall outlet, not to extension cords.

  • If kerosene space heaters are used, look for UL rated labels.  Make sure the heater is vented to avoid carbon monoxide problems.

  • Turn off space heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.

  • Wood burning fireplaces should only be used by adults.

  • Wood fireplaces should always be kept clean to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or smoke inhalation.

  • Light the fireplace using a utility lighter or long match.

These are reminders, we have done this before.  Be smart and fire safe.  For more information on fire safety please visit OSFM website www.sfm.illinois.gov or www.nfpa.org/safetytips.

 

Emergency Board Up Rotation Program
 
The Lockport Township Fire Protection District has adopted an emergency board up service rotation program to assist in getting emergency board up services to the scene of an incident in a quick and efficient manner.
 
The program is designed to have a list of board up companies called out by our dispatch service provider on a rotation basis as needed. This list will have a maximum of five (5) companies on the list and will be valid for a one (1) year period running on a calendar year basis.  The list for the first year will be valid from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
 
If your company would be interested in applying to be on our rotation program, please click here to obtain the policy and procedures along with the forms you will need to complete and submit to the Lockport Township Fire Protection District on or before December 18, 2013.
 
Your completed forms should be mailed to:
 
Fire Chief David Skoryi
Lockport Township Fire Protection District
19623 W. Renwick Road
Lockport, IL 60441
 

 

 
 
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Our Fire Service Dog
 
Many people when they think of a dog associated with the fire department automatically picture a Dalmatian.  However, when you think of Lockport Township Fire District's dog, think "golden" - a golden retriever that is.  Meet Fire Service Dog Samuel, a sixteen month old (born January 2012) golden retriever who has been specially trained and certified as a comfort dog.  He works with our Fire Chaplain, Pastor Mark Hein, helping people who are dealing with tragedies and other difficult situations in their lives such as a house fire, serious accident or death in the family.
 
 
Samuel is also part of a special team of Comfort Dogs with Lutheran Church Charities (http://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org) that travels to disaster scenes locally, regionally and nationally to bring comfort and aid to victims and their families.  Samuel recently returned with the team in helping out after the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, which claimed the lives of eleven firefighters.
 
You can follow Samuel and what he is doing on his Facebook page (Samuel Comfort Dog).  In addition to turning out to fire and other disaster scenes, as time allows, Samuel also visits schools, nursing homes and hospitals and makes special appearances at community events.
 

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50 Years Ago

Engine #5 was purchased by the Fire District was Delivered February 12th, 1963.

April 15, 1963 One FF to man Station #2 at Sweetbriar and Lynwood Sts. five days a week.

25 Years Ago

 Ambulance #1114 was purchased by the Fire District in 1988.

 

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A Virtual Tour of  Engine #4 and Ambulance #4 on the Virtual Tours page!!!!!!

 


 

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