- Calls Responded - 06/05/2015
Number of calls Central Fire has responded to for the year 2015 is at 1024. Click here for more info and graphs
- Kidde Recall: Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers Due to Failure to Discharge - 02/13/2015
Click here to read about the Kidde Recall
- Burn Ordinance - 11/05/2014
It is illegal to burn in East Baton Rouge Parish. Section 5:35 from (Ord. No. 8094, 1-22-86; Ord. No. 11723, § 3, 4-26-00)Read the details »
It gets HOT, HOT, HOT inside a vehicle!!!
Never Leave children unattended in vehicles.
Please remind all caregivers to LOOK before they LOCK the car.
As parents and caregivers we have a lot on our minds, rushing out of house in the morning, making sure the stove is turned off, kids have lunch packed, but please slow down when you arrive at your destination and make sure you did not over look you sweet passenger in the back. Heatstroke can happen quickly inside vehicles because temperature inside a vehicle rises quickly even if you crack the windows or park in shade.
Find a trick that reminds you that the baby is in the back. Some people use a stuffed animal that rides upfront while child is in the back and then moves the stuffed animal into child seat once child is dropped off. Some parents have been known to always put their purse or briefcase in the backseat. Some have even taken off left shoe and put it in the backseat. For more information click on the below links.
Heatstroke and Other Heat – Related Illness
Heat stroke happens with the body is unable to control its temperature. The sweating mechanism fails and the body is unable to cool down. A person with heat stroke may have a temperature above 104 degrees and will continue to rise rapidly.
Heatstroke can happen quick and is very serious requiring immediate medical attention when problems begin.
Other Types of heat related illness can be: Heat Stress, Heat Syncope, Heat cramps and Heat Exhaustion
Warning signs vary, but symptoms of heatstroke may include:
- red, hot, and moist or dry skin
- no sweating
- a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse
- a throbbing headache
- being grouchy or acting strangely
Water safety should be a main priority while enjoying time around pools and other bodies of water. Following some simply steps should reduce the chance of you or someone you know from becoming a drowning victim.
- Never Swim Alone
- Pay close attention to those around you in the water.
- Drowning can occur quickly for both children and adults. Remove pool toys not in use, children may try to reach for the toys and fall into the water.
- Learn to swim, many facilities offer swimming courses for people of all ages and abilities.
- Learn to help a drowning victim without entering the water. Practice the Reach, Throw, Don’t Go Method
- Swim in designate swim areas and when needed always wear a coast guard approved life jacket that fits correctly.
They make a difference!
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Captain Derek Glover. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
Your life and property are worth more than the time and cost of smoke detector maintenance. We urge all homeowners to keep and maintain smoke detectors! Smoke alarms have to have batteries to work. Change the batteries every six months and perform a monthly alarm check .
Make sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm.
Fire Safety for Older Adults
We tend to think that fire safety is just something we need to teach to kids, that is extremely important, but also we need to reach out to older adults. People are living longer and people age 85 and older die in fires at a rate 4.4 times higher than the rest of the population. Call us if you would like set up an escape plan. Below are some precautionary steps to help older adults:
Don’t leave smoking materials unattended and never smoke in bed.
Never leave cooking unattended, use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Place smoke alarms on every level of your home.
Know at least two exits from every room
Check that all doors and windows that lead outside have a clear path to get to them and that they open easily.
Let a close neighbor or relative know if you have special needs that may be important information for the fire department to know.
Special fire safety devices are available for people with special needs, such as: smoke alarms with flashing light or some that connect to a strobe light outside of house to let other see.
Daily, the Central Fire Department responds to emergency situations when the public calls for help. Last Saturday, however, the tables were turned and the Central Fire Department had to ask for assistance. The assistance needed was in the form of a 4.25 tax millage. As in the past, citizens in the Central Fire Protection District rose to the occasion and overwhelmingly passed the millage. The revenue generated by this tax will increase personnel to respond to your emergencies and will provide for a safer work environment for firefighters.
To members of the fire department, passage of this millage was most gratifying. The public sent a clear message that they trust us, and that they support what we do. In today’s political climate, for a government agency to receive a vote of confidence such as this is rare and most humbling. In return, we have a clear message to the citizens of the Central Fire District, we appreciate your support and we shall spend your tax dollars wisely, professionally and ethically. The service we provide to you comes from the heart. We are here for you and we deeply appreciate you supporting us. Thank you.
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