The Drexel Fire and the residents are all concerned about fire safety in our community related to open burning. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) has developed a permit process for all Open Burning in Pima County. In an effort to make the applications more readily available, Drexel Fire has obtained copies to make available to the public. The District cannot issue permits but we are able to distribute application forms for the convenience of our residents.
When a medical emergency strikes, help is only a call away. However, for those individuals who live alone or who may have special mobility issues, what happens when they can’t get to the door to let in the fire department personnel. Unfortunately, we have to make entry breaking the door/ jamb assembly, which in turn is costly to the owner in which we are trying to help. The enhanced Knox-Box Residential Program alleviates this problem.
DHFD is concerned both about the fire danger these fireworks pose, as well as the potential for devastating injuries. Nationally, in 2009, fireworks caused an estimated 18,000 reported fires, including 1,300 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That same year, 8,800 individuals were treated in emergency rooms across the country mostly to the hands or to the head and face. Males accounted for 73 percent of those injuries, says the NFPA. DHFD urges everyone to use fireworks in a safe and responsible manner. Remember these safety tips:
Fire kills more people in the United States annually than all natural disasters combined. In fact, more than 4,000 people perish in fires each year, an ironically, most fire deaths occur in the very place where we feel the safest–our own homes. Home fires often happen at night when people are sleeping. In ONLY three minutes, a room can be engulfed in flames before anyone awakens. Those at highest risk are the very young and older adults。