The Mocksville Fire Department Mission Statement: The Mocksville Fire Department Members dedicate ourselves to the protection of our community’s quality of life through fire suppression, emergency medical care and hazardous materials response. We further strive to reduce losses from these events through community education, constant quality training and education.
Reminder ~ Check Your Smoke Detectors – Assistance Available
As summer ends and we approach the fall and winter season, the Mocksville Fire Department would like to remind you to check those smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are your first line of defense from the dangers of a home fire. It provides you early warning and may give you the few extra seconds to escape or prevent a small fire from escalating to a tragic end. Even though most homes have detectors in them, they must be checked and maintained to ensure they are working properly.
The Mocksville Fire Department would like to offer our assistance to you should you need help checking your smoke detector. If you feel you need assistance with your smoke detectors or would like a home safety check, please contact the fire station at 751-5782 or stop by and we will schedule a time to come out.
The Mocksville Fire Department is located at 335 Sanford Avenue.
The Fire Chief is Frank Carter.
Mocksville Fire Department: 751-5782
WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES
by Chief FB Carter | Mocksville Fire Department
When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? Last Year?
If you’re like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of U.S. households that they’re often taken for granted, and aren’t tested and maintained as they should.
However, working smoke alarms are a critical fire safety tool that can mean the difference between life and death in a home fire. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms can cut the chance of dying in a home fire in half. Meanwhile, NFPA data shows that home fires killed more than 2,300 people in 2012; many of these deaths could have been prevented with the proper smoke alarm protection.
As a member of the fire service for over 30 years, I’ve seen the devastating effects of fire first-hand; the burn injuries, the loss of homes and possessions are distressing. What’s even worse is witnessing a family’s anguish after a loved one has been killed in a fire. It’s heartbreaking.
As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, 2016, NFPA is promoting “DON’T WAIT CHECK THE DATE” Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older. To better educate the public about the true value of working smoke alarms. In support of these efforts, Mocksville Fire Department will be hosting local campaign activities throughout the week, stop by the station at 335 Sanford Ave. for station tours, fire safety tips and education.
My sincere hope is that all Mocksville residents participate in one or more of our Fire Prevention Week activities, and make sure there are working smoke alarms installed throughout their homes. These simple steps can help make a life-saving difference, and prevent the potentially life-threatening impact of fire.
Here are additional smoke alarm and fire safety tips to follow:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Test alarms each month by pushing the test button.
- Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or when they don’t respond during testing.
- To find out the age of your alarm, look on the back and find the manufacture date. It should be replaced if it’s older than 10 years from that date.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound and understands what to do when they hear the smoke alarm.
- ALWAYS know 2 ways out of your house or any building your inside of.
To learn more about the “DON’T WAIT CHECK THE DATE “campaign, visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.
Also if you’re looking for a great way to give back to your community and make a difference, the Mocksville Fire Department is always looking for dedicated volunteers to serve in the department. There are many jobs in the department that we need help with, if you would like more information check out or our website @ www.mocksvillefire.com stop by our station at 335 Sanford Ave in Mocksville, NC.