THIS IS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is joining fire officials across the country to increase awareness of home cooking fire dangers during national Fire Prevention Week October 8-14. Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, resulting in hundreds of deaths nationally and nearly 4,000 injuries. In Illinois, cooking fires were the number one cause of house fires in 2005.
Illinois State Fire Marshal Dave Foreman points out that many home cooking fires could be prevented if people simply stayed in the kitchen while food is cooking on the stovetop. He also recommends that when children are in the home, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible, and turn pot handles back to reduce the risk that pots with hot contents will be knocked over.
The fire marshal also reminds everyone that a new law goes into effect January 1, 2007, which will require carbon monoxide detectors to be placed within 15 feet of sleeping areas in all Illinois homes.
NEW GFPD FIRE TRUCK MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE
If you attended Saturday's Li'l Pig and Apple Day, you probably got a glimpse at the Greenville Fire Protection District's new pumper/tanker truck. The truck was on its way to Greenville from the manufacturing plant in Wyoming around six weeks ago when the delivery service driver was involved in an accident in St. Louis. The repairs to the truck were recently completed and it finally arrived last Thursday.
The truck has a 2500-gallon tank and a six-man cab. It also can deliver both Class A and Class B foam. Class A is used in structure fires while Class B is designed for flammable liquids in vehicle fires and fuel spills. The truck must be outfitted with a radio communications system before it can be put into service.
The Shoal Creek Fire Department has purchased Greenville's old tanker and pumper trucks that were replaced with the new rig. However, the Shoal Creek district will not receive those trucks until training is complete and the new pumper/tanker is in service. Assistant Chief Denny Wise told WGEL that he hopes the department will be using the truck in two weeks.
FIRE CALLS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Greenville firemen were called to Blue Street at Friendly City at 3:33 AM Saturday to a report of a trailer on fire. The trailer belonged to John Smollinger but was not occupied at the time. There were no injuries due to the fire and firemen were on the scene for about an hour and a half. The State fire marshal was called to help determine the cause of the blaze.
Greenville Firemen were called again at 9:57 AM Saturday to 2nd street in Greenville. Apparently a pan of grease caught fire on a stove causing some damage to the range hood and filling the main hallway of the building with dense smoke. Firemen were on the scene for about half an hour using fans to ventilate the building clearing out the smoke.
The Smithboro Fire Protection District was called to a hay bale fire Sunday afternoon south of Mulberry Grove Road. Smithboro Fire Chief Dale Deverick told WGEL that four bales were on fire on the Todd Goodin property. Deverick said two teenagers admitted to setting the bales on fire with a lighter.