We hope our senior population knows we care about their safety…

Fire service professionals recognize the elevated risks faced by older adults, and NFPA®’s innovative video starring Tom Bosley helps you deliver solutions to the community. We hope to teach seniors practical strategies for avoiding fires and falls — leading causes of preventable injuries for seniors. “I’ll bet you know someone who’s had a fire at home or been injured in a fall. I do. Almost everyone our age does,” says Bosley, an octogenarian himself. His engaging delivery makes it clear that a few basic precautions can reduce hazards and prevent injuries and fatalities.

Even a “minor” burn or fall can be life-threatening, which is why seniors need to:

  • Stay fit and maintain good balance, so they can get up and out quickly in an emergency.
  • Prevent fires with safe cooking techniques and be careful when smoking or using space heaters.
  • Avoid falls by getting rid of clutter and extension cords, and installing handrails.
  • Develop escape routes and plans that consider special medical conditions or circumstances.
  • Maintain smoke alarms and all safety equipment.
  • Make sure everyday hazards don’t go unrecognized.



… Using Space Heaters to supplement your home heating this year?

How to Use a Space Heater Safely

Half of all home heating fires happen during the months of December, January, and February. Our experts, as well as the pros at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the National Fire Protection Association, offer the following safety tips:

  • Place the heater on a hard, level, and nonflammable surface. They are intended to sit on the floor and not a table.
  • Establish a 3-foot kid- and pet-free zone around the heater, and never put a space heater in a child’s room.
  • Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from such combustible materials as furniture, bedding, and curtains.
  • Don’t use a heater in a workshop or garage near paint, gas cans, or matches.
  • Turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Unplug the heater when not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and don’t use it if it’s frayed or worn.
  • Don’t plug another electrical device or an extension cord into the same outlet as a heater, which can cause overheating.
  • Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and test them monthly.

The New Reality for Firefighters…

The world we live in today has changed the face of what it is to be a firefighter. In the photos below firefighters from the Iona McGregor Fire District took part in a multi agency drill in the City of Ft myers. The idea is to recreate a major incident in practice which gives our personnel opportunity to work with surrounding countywide organizations for potential response to emergency events which would otherwise overwhelm any one responding locality.

In these large scale mock exercises firefighters get the chance to combine their skill sets with other emergency responders; fire suppression, paramedic/EMT, haz-mat technician, active shooter advance teams, etc.

We also get the opportunity to pass along much needed experience to new firefighters just coming into the job. The volunteer on the backboard does not realize they are being carried by a seasoned veteran firefighter/paramedic and a new hire probationary firefighter. We use these practice events to help prepare a new generation of firefighters for this changing and often terrifying world of emergency responders.

Fire is Everyone’s Fight


PLEASE…. be careful when choosing and using a real Christmas Tree
Each year tragedy strikes when families become careless or
neglect simple safety rules for real trees.
Here are tips to prevent this very preventable type of residential fire.

Choose fresh over cheap and dry. The fresher the tree, the less likely it will pose a fire hazard. Look for flexible needles that don’t break, and a trunk with sap.
Keep the water coming. The tree stand should contain a continuous source of water and be sturdy enough to resist toppling by kids or pets.
Don’t choke the cord. Attach only three maximum strings of lights to any one extension cord, then place cords along walls to prevent a tripping hazard. Never run them under rugs or carpets.
Trees don’t need warmth. Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles and even a TV.
Not any lights will do. Use low energy, safe lighting that’s been certified by a safety testing lab. Don’t use damaged or frayed cords.
Shut the lights.Never leave the lights on overnight. Same goes for any appliances not in use when you are home or away.
Don’t keep a dry tree around. Dispose of it at this point properly. Don’t even keep it in the garage.
Artificial tree safety awareness. Artificial trees should be flame resistant and have a seal for an approved safety testing laboratory if the tree contains a built-in lighting set.
Death by artificial tree. If the tree is metal, never use electric lights, as they can charge the tree and lead to electrocution.
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure everyone knows its location and how to use it.

Iona Firefighters Training / Atrium 1

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