The Rural Retreat Volunteer Fire Department has been providing fire protection and prevention since 1925. Our firefighters are dedicated to the protection of life and property of the citizens, businesses, and visitors to the Town of Rural Retreat, Wythe County, and Smyth County. When the Rural Retreat Volunteer Fire Department was established, it was comprised solely of volunteers and still is to this day. Not only does our department provide fire protection, but we also assist rescue and law enforcement at motor vehicle accidents, search and rescue operations, provide mutual aid to rescue, respond to hazard materials incidents. The dedicated volunteers of the Rural Retreat Volunteer Fire Department remain ready to respond to any emergency at a moments notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Through dedication to our community and training, our volunteer firefighters strive to provide first class emergency response.

Fall Fire Safety Tips

Fire Kills- You Can Prevent It

As the season changes and summer turns to fall, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips. Many safety tips are the same regardless of the season, however, many safety concerns are seasonal, especially those that involve keeping your home warm.

Home Heating Tips

No matter what heating source you use to heat your home, making sure all your heating devices and/or systems are in good working condition is an important part of learning some fall fire safety tips. Many problems can arise with heating equipment during the spring and summer months. You want to verify that your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order prior to the first cold snap of the season.

Central Heating System Safety Tips:

  • Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) contractor every year before using it.
  • If you have a gas heater, make sure that you have a sufficient quantity of fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.

Space Heater Safety Tips:

  • Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
  • Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry.
  • Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.
  • Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.

Fireplace Safety Tips:

  • Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe.
  • Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
  • Repair any cracks in fireplaces.
  • Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and fire debris inside the fireplace.
  • Do not ever use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace.
  • For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season.
  • Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them.

Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Decorations and Costumes:

  • Do not use candles in Halloween jack-o-lanterns. Flashlights are much safer.
  • Make sure that children's costumes are made with fire retardant materials.
  • Use only fire retardant holiday decorations.
  • Verify that all holiday lights and extension cords have been tested by an organization such as Factory Mutual or Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

Outdoor Fall Fire Safety Tips:

  • Clear your roof and gutters of unnecessary build up of debris, such as pine needles and leaves.
  • Learn the outdoor burning regulations in your area, and do not engage in illegal burning of leaves and other outdoor debris.

Information gathered from the LoveToKnow Corporation

Posted: September 8, 2013

Family Fire Safety Tips

You should discuss fire safety tips with everyone in your home, family and friends outside of your home and your neighbors. It is always a good idea to review these tips several times each year, especially with children and those who may be unsure of what to do encase of a fire. Practicing mock scenarios may be beneficial when reviewing fire safety tips throughout the year.
Listed below are safety tips that you should always follow to help reduce the risk of fires:

  • Teach your kids how to respond in the event of a fire.
  • Make sure young children know how to dial 9-1-1.
  • Practice stop, drop and roll with your children so they learn how to escape beneath a fire.
  • Teach everyone in your family multiple ways to escape from every room in the event of a fire.
  • Make sure that there is a sufficient quantity of smoke detectors in your home.
  • Verify each month that smoke detectors are in working order.
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Do not place lit candles where they can be reached by children.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Do not leave candles burning when you go to sleep.
  • Don't leave cooking food unattended on the stove.
  • Keep everything that might be flammable away from your stove.
  • Make sure all flammable substances are properly stored in safe containers and out of reach of youngsters.
  • Prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you. For more information on smoke alarms, fire escape planning, and fire prevention, visit the USFA website.

Information gathered from the LoveToKnow Corporation

Posted: September 8, 2013