Training & Tips
To All Home Owners and Businesses in Falls Township
If you have a fire hydrant in close proximity to you property, please help your local volunteer fire company by keeping it clear of snow and drifts. Because trying to clear a hydrant of snow, or finding one that is buried wastes valuable time, the chance of having much higher damage to your property due to lack of sufficient water is greatly increased. Please help us to help you.
If you need assistance replacing the battery in your smoke detector please call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 215-949-9000 ext. 255 and they will dispatch someone to help you. You MUST supply the battery.
The Simple Facts on Smoke Detectors
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home structure fires in half. A 2004 U.S. telephone survey found that 96% of U.S. households had at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2000-2004, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in almost half (46%) of the reported home fires.
An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms. 65% of reported home fire deaths in 2000-2004 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. The fire death rate in homes with working smoke alarms is 51% less than the rate for homes without this protection. In one out of every five homes equipped with at least one smoke alarm installed, not a single one was working.
When smoke alarms fail it is most often because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Nuisance activations were the leading cause of disabled smoke alarms.