As the temperature outside drops families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. Although cozy, this seasonal ritual can increase the risk of home heating fires. Nearly half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months & can be associated with structure fires, injuries & deaths. While this information can be frightening, nearly all these fires are preventable. Home heating fires can be reduced in the community by taking some simple precautions and using heating equipment properly.”
The Union Fire District recommend some simple home heating safety tips, so residents can help keep the community safe and warm this winter:
Stay safe and have a warm winter.
The Union Fire Protection District so enjoyed viewing all the Fire Prevention Week posters created by the school children. This years campaign message “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety, ”was the subject focus of the colorful hand drawn posters. The Fire District's Senior members had a challenging time picking out the winners of the poster contest. Winners of the contest were:
The contest winners posters will go on to be judged at the springtime FFAM convention.
The Union Fire Protection District encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme. Good luck to our local winners at the FFAM judging.
Please keep in mind the number of persons in the Community contracting COVID-19 is increasing every day. We all are trying to return to our normal daily routines however, more time is needed for a vaccine to be developed and administered.
In the meantime, continue to practice everyday preventive actions as recommended by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are working to help keep you and the community safe from the threat of a novel, or new corona virus. Take the following everyday steps to help avoid the spread of not only the Covid but all respiratory viruses:
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The Union Fire Protection District is asking residents to use caution when open burning on their property. Open burning of tree limbs and residential brush is allowed only outside the Union City limits. The open burning period is limited to the period beginning September 16th and ending April 14th. Brush piles are limited to 16 square feet and the burning may occur between the hours of 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
The Franklin County area has received favorable precipitation in the recent few weeks, yet conditions can become unfavorably dry in a matter of days. A resident who is burning on their property can quickly create an escalating out of control natural cover fire resulting in damage to others’ properties. Such fires have been known to spread to homes and structures destroying them.
Prior to open burning one should contact the Franklin County Communication Center at 636-583-2567 or Union Fire Protection District Station #1 at 636-583-2515 to confirm open burning will be allowed given the current or forecasted weather conditions.
Some guidelines to follow are:
· Burn piles should be limited to 16 sq. ft.
· Do not burn within 50’ of a structure
· Wind speed must be less than 10 miles an hour
· Humidity should be greater than 50%
· Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, dirt, or sand on hand as an extinguishing agent
All open burning should be constantly attended, and residents need to have the availability to call 911 if their open burning should get out of control. Household trash, tires, shingles, siding, and treated lumber should not be burned.
Daylight‐saving time ends on Sunday, November 7th. The day comes with a theme: Change Your Clock Change Your Battery®, sponsored by Energizer. The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery Program reminds us to change and test the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
The Union Fire Protection District reminds our residents that one simple step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. Everyone is encouraged to use the extra hour they “gain” from daylight saving time to change the batteries in their own smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test the alarms and remind friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.
The Union Community has been witness to tragic home fire deaths and with everyone working together we can help reduce the number of home fire fatalities.
Non‐working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide.
The most commonly cited cause of non‐working smoke alarms is worn or missing batteries. Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. It’s a statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program.
The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can provide the extra seconds needed to get out safely.
For more information about fire safety, call the Union Fire Protection District at 636-583-2515
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Fire Chief, Union Fire District
8212 / 1998 Pierce Quantum, refurbished in 2013, Quint, 1500 GPM pump, 500 gallons water, a full complement of ground ladders, 75 foot Aerial Ladder. Shown here in operation at a commercial building fire.