Fire Safety TipsFIRE SAFETY Storms and floods are not the only disasters you should protect your family from. Fires account for billions of dollars in damage each year and take hundreds of lives. Fires produce toxic gases, blinding smoke, and deadly heat. These gases travel upward until they reach the ceiling then roll over and bank down toward the floor. Unfortunately, most fire deaths occur in residences during the night when most people are asleep. Many people believe the smoke and heat will wake them. The deadly truth is the carbon monoxide produced lulls the victim into a deeper sleep and room temperatures don’t raise very fast during this beginning stage of fire. However, once flames are produced, the temperature can quickly rise to over 1,000 degrees (F) and studies have shown the average person has less than 4 minutes to escape. FIRE FACTS Each year, there are nearly 17 million kitchen fires. Use these tips to protect you and your family:
- Unattended pans start the most fires. Watch your cooking!
- Turn pot handles in so they can’t be knocked off the stove.
- Keep the stove and oven clean of grease.
- Unplug appliances and keep them clean and dry.
- Don’t leave pot holders and towels around the stove.
- If a fire starts, use a fire extinguisher, not water.
- If your clothing catches on fire, immediately stop drop and roll on the ground to smother the flames.
Public Safety Annex
Groveland’s new Public Safety Annex located off Wilson Lake Pkwy and Cherry Lake Rd held a joint Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony Saturday, Nov 3rd. The annex houses both Fire/Rescue and Police personnel in the northeastern section of the City. The annex was dedicated to our Fire Chief Willie Morgan. Willie grew up in Groveland and starting serving as a volunteer fire fighter in 1974. While being a general contractor he sat on the City Council for 10 years. In 1999, Willie became the Fire Chief and has been working diligently to build and improve our fire department and the emergency services it offers. He has brought us from one small fire truck to two full size fire trucks, a small fire truck, a rescue vehicle, a brush truck, and a rescue boat. He has ensured that his staff is fully trained and up-to-date on all rescue techniques including diver certifications. Chief Morgan has built more than a beautifully functional building at the annex. He has built a Fire Department that the citizens of Groveland can be proud of. So if you see Chief Morgan, quietly going about his day, be sure to stop and congratulate him. Because of him and his staff you can rest easy knowing that if you are ever in need of their assistance they will be there for you.