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Fire Safety and Prevention

Fire prevention is our goal! We'd much rather you never have a fire than need to call us to put one out. Through safety surveys, smoke alarms, common safety tips and a fire safety checklist, you can prevent fires from becoming your reality. Refresh your memory on home fire safety with a sheet of smoke alarm tips.Tip Sheets reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, ©2013 NFPA.

Did you know... Cara Erwin, Fire and Life Safety Educator for the Springfield Fire Department has collected data to idendify common factors of fatal fires in Springfield from 2003-2012? Below is a summary of the findings:

 Summary of Fatal Fires in Springfield (click on the link to view the full document).

Total number of fire fatalities: 35

Total number of fires resulting in at least one fatality: 30

Months during which most fatal fires occurred: February and June

Time of day when most fatal fires occurred: 11 pm-7 am

Hour of day when most fatal fires occurred: 4-5 am

Average response time to fatal fire: 4 minutes, 17 seconds

Fatal fires in which a smoke alarm failed to alert residents: 63%

Fatal fires in which a smoke alarm is known to have been present and working: 16%

Most common property use type: 1-or-2 family dwelling (69%)

Average age of victim: 43

Most common area of origin: Living room (40%)

Most common cause of death: Smoke inhalation/asphyxia (68%)

Most common heat source: Smoking-related (46%)

Fatal fires in which human factors contributed: 96%

Most common cause of ignition: Accidental (83%)

Fatal fires that were preventable: 100%

Do you know... the recommended placement for smoke alarms and batteries?

Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protection.

For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound.

An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) are recommended.

Install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling.

Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested

Did you know... Springfield, Nixa, Willard, Ozark, Logan-Rogersville and Branson are among the fire departments that have joined to form the Southwest Missouri Youth Fire Intervention Coalition in an effort to curb youth fire setting?
The Youth Fire Intervention (YFI) Coalition will receive referrals from a number of sources about juveniles who are known to play with fire or set fires, including parents, teachers, juvenile officers, fire officials, hospitals and others.  Members of the YFI team will conduct assessments to determine the child’s level of repeat fire setting risk.  Based on the assessment, the child will be referred to the YFI education program, counseling or both.  The YFI education program will be conducted by local departments and include age-appropriate lessons on fire safety and prevention. You may click on this link to see the flow chart outlining the process.
For more information on the Southwest Missouri Youth Fire Intervention program or to make a referral, call (417) 864-1699 or click on this link to get the confidential information referral form.

Did you know... If you are a homeowner and live within the city limits, the Springfield Fire Department will install a new smoke alarm at no charge? Call 864-1500 to schedule an appointment.

If you rent, your landlord is responsible to provide a working smoke alarm on every floor. If you need a 9 volt battery replaced in an existing smoke alarm, this service is provided free of charge to renters and home owners by calling 864-1500. We also provide hearing impaired smoke alarms at no charge.

Smoke Alarms for Deaf or Hearing Impaired

Smoke alarms save lives. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may not be able to depend on the traditional smoke alarm to alert them to a fire. If you live within the city limits, give the Springfield Fire Department a call at 864-1500 to ask about hearing impaired smoke alarms. Get more information with a disability safety tips flyer.

Did you know... the Springfield Fire Department offers FREE HOME SAFETY SURVEYS? Just call 864-1500 to schedule your safety survey.

Remember to test your smoke alarms monthly!

KNOX-BOX for Rapid Entry

The KNOX-BOX® Rapid Entry System provides non-destructive emergency access to commercial and residential property. More than 9,000 fire departments and government agencies use KNOX-BOX key boxes and other products for safe and secure rapid entry.

If you're using a KNOX-BOX, call 864-1500 for the system code.

What If I've Had a Fire?

Unfortunately, fires do happen, but we can help point you toward recovery. Things to consider after a fire include:

  • property damage not caused by the fire, water, or smoke
  • insurance issues
  • utilities and construction