After A Fire: Things that you should do after you have had a fire.
- If you are not the building owner, notify the owner or agent.
- Notify your insurance company or agent if you have coverage on furniture, possessions, merchandise or other contents.
- Make sure the building or area is secure from looting, vandalism or the elements after the Fire Department leaves.
- Remove valuables from the building if there is doubt that it is secure. Notify the officer in charge of the fire if there are valuables in an unsafe or burned out area of the building and ask assistance in retrieving them.
- Notify the proper utility company if utilities have been disrupted or turned off. They will turn on gas and re-ignite pilot lights for gas furnaces, water heaters and stoves, if that service is in order. They will restore electrical service to the electric meter, if it is possible. You must engage your own electrician for the extension of electrical services within the building or for temporary wiring. Water is often turned off because of damaged soldered joints caused by heat of the fire. A plumber may have to be called to make repairs before water and/or gas service can be restored.
- Get a furnace service person to restore heat if this is necessary or possible.
- If freezing weather is imminent, drain the water system, including toilets and sink traps, or safeguard them from freezing with salt or antifreeze if heat cannot be restored.
- If the building is going to be occupied, be sure the fire alarm systems and fire protection systems are fully restored and the fire extinguishers are recharged.
- Call the American Red Cross for assistance should temporary housing or clothing be required. 237-599. (The Fire Department officer in charge of the fire will make this call for you if requested.)
- If the fire has caused more than furnishing or smoke damage, please call the Community Development Department (580-234-0400 ext. 345) for information. An inspector will provide information on how to proceed.
A fire investigator from the Fire Department may make a further investigation into the cause of the fire; please cooperate and answer all questions. The officer's job is to determine the cause of the fire so measures can be taken to prevent a recurrence to you or someone else.
CPR is for Everyone! There is a very good chance that you know someone with heart disease. It is also quite likely that you will personally witness a heart attack in your lifetime. Without Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), a person with a heart attack may have as little as a 1 in 20 chance of survival. If you perform CPR until a properly equipped team from the Enid Fire Department (or your local Emergency Medical Service) arrives, that person's chance of survival may increase to as much as 1 in 4.
Use the Correct Fire Extinguisher: Virtually all fires are small at first and might easily be contained if the correct type of extinguisher is readily available and properly used. Fire extinguishers are the first line of defense against unfriendly fires and should be installed in all homes and businesses.
Extinguishing and Preventing Cooking Fires: Two out of three residential fires begin in the kitchen. Most fires start between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., when many families are preparing dinner. And 90% of these household fires will be put out by a family member, most often a woman.
Fire Safety Tips for Computers: The Enid Fire Department brings you these Fire Safety Tips for Computers with the hope that they might prevent loss of life or property.
Electrical Heat Tape: Safety Advisory
Helpful Hints: The majority of fatal home fires strike while people are sleeping. Poisonous gases can spread quickly through a building, killing victims before they wake up. You need smoke detectors outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home - including the basement.
Holiday Safety Tips: As the holiday season approaches, we are all looking forward to special gatherings and celebrations with friends and loved ones.
Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Tips: Planning a trip soon? A vacation somewhere away from it all or perhaps to a resort that is exciting and filled with all those luxuries that will spoil you for a short time.
Babysitter Safety Fire and Life Safety Tips: Babysitters are given a lot of responsibilities. But the most important is the responsibility for the lives and safety of children. And fire safety is a big part of that job. Prevention is always the best cure.