“Excellence in the Face of Adversity”
Our mission at St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District No. 2 is to preserve the quality of life of the people we serve and those people passing through the Fire District. We will respond safely and expeditiously with professionalism, skill, and compassion within the confines of the boundaries we serve and beyond if called upon. We will utilize the best training, equipment, and resources on hand to neutralize fire, rescue, and emergency situations. We have set in place ongoing aggressive planning and pre-response preparations. St. Tammany Parish Fire District No. 2 continues to reach for newer goals in fire education, community outreach programs, as well as community interaction in hopes of preventing the need for emergency services. Our promise is to deliver our services through dedication, passion, and a drive to exceed the needs and expectations of those we serve day or night, rain or shine. We strive to save lives and to protect property.
WINTER FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Winter is here and so are the holidays! It’s the time of year where people enjoy family and friends cooking, and decorating. But unfortunately, it is also the time of year when a risk for fire increases.
Be observant and inspect all electrical cords and Christmas lights to see if any are frayed, cracked or damaged. Follow the manufacturer recommendations concerning the maximum number of light sets that can be connected together. Use only lights and extension cords that are labeled "For Outdoor Use"
Discard anything that is damaged. Do not overload electrical outlets. Be sure to turn off all interior and exterior Christmas lighting before going to bed.
If you are going to purchase a live tree, make sure the tree is fresh. Check this by insuring the needles are soft and not hard and brittle. Make sure that you keep a live tree watered throughout the time you have it.
When purchasing an artificial tree, look for a "Fire Resistant" label. If you have a metallic tree, never use electric lights on it. You could be electrocuted.
HEATERS AND FIREPLACES
Before starting the fireplace, make sure the flue is open and remove all items hanging from the fireplace such as stockings, papers, etc. be sure to use a fireplace screen when lighting the fireplace. Do not burn anything in the fireplace except approved wood.
Make sure that when using a space heater, that the heater is the only thing plugged into the electrical outlet. Keep all items at least a minimum of three feet away from all heaters in all directions. If using a heater that requires fuel, make sure it is the correct fuel for that heater and follow the manufacturers recommendations on the proper operation of the heater.
Do not wear loose clothing while cooking. Keep all loose items away from the cooking area such as pot holders, papers, rags, etc. Do not leave cooking foods unattended. Turn off all cooking food if you have to leave.
Turn all pot handles towards the back of the stove. For a grease fire, cover the pan/pot with a lid. Do not attempt to remove the pan while on fire. If available, use the properly rated fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire.
SMOKE DETECTORS/CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR
Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home and inside each sleeping area. Test them at least once a month. Keep the detector free of dust, dirt, etc. Batteries should be replaced at least twice a year or when the detector "chirps" which is signaling a low battery.
Install a Carbon Monoxide detector especially is you have any appliances that require a flame; Hot water heater, stove, space heater, etc.
GENERAL FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Keep matches, lighters, etc. out of the reach of children, preferably in a locked area.
Make sure you have large, deep, non-tip ashtrays for smokers. Empty ashtrays often, wetting the contents before dumping them into wastebaskets.
If a fire occurs in your home, "Get Out, Stay Out, and Call For Help!!
Create an ESCAPE PLAN". Practice the Escape Plan with your family.
Never open doors that are warm to touch.
Crawl low under smoke.
Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy.
Stop, Drop, Cover Your Face and Roll if your clothes ever catch on fire.