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Posted on: October 1, 2020

West Fargo Fire Department reminds community to be fire and heart safe in October

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The West Fargo Fire Department is reminding the community to be ready for the unexpected during October’s Fire Prevention Month. 

“Fire prevention is as simple as taking the necessary safety steps to keep you and your family protected from a possible fire,” said Dan Fuller, Chief of the West Fargo Fire Department. “I encourage residents to practice fire and home safety like testing alarms, changing batteries and making an escape route plan.”

Fire prevention at home, including escape plans, smoke alarms and safe practices, is an important topic for the community to focus on. First Alert says only 43% of homeowners have an escape plan, which is a critical element in surviving fires. Also critical is the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms. According to First Alert, three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.  

During fire prevention month, the West Fargo Fire Department will spend a week bringing safety awareness to the kitchen because unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. 

“In 2019, we responded to 16 building fires, 9 of which originated in the kitchen,” said Chief Fuller. 

Below are a few safety tips you can do to be ready for the unexpected:

  • Have functional smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms installed throughout your home.
  • Change batteries in both smoke and CO alarms frequently.
  • Make a home escape plan with your family. 
  • Place fire extinguishers on every level of your home. 
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Remember to use safe cooking practices.

For more fire safety tips, check out the West Fargo Fire Departments video tab on their website here

October is also Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Cardiac arrests outside of the hospital kill 350,000 people a year, nearly 1,000 people a day.

In September, the West Fargo Fire Department and West Fargo Police Department saved an individual who was having a cardiac arrest due to a fast response, CPR and the use of an AED. The individual made a full recovery with no brain damage. 

During the month of October, the fire department is encouraging the community to learn the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond. Signs of sudden cardiac arrest include chest pain or discomfort, rapid or irregular heartbeats, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or dizziness, and near fainting. 

“Survival of these situations depends on the quick actions of people nearby,” said Chief Fuller. “If you see someone exhibiting cardiac arrest symptoms, call 911, start CPR and use an AED as soon as possible.”

CPR and AED training are available through the F-M Ambulance Service. For more information on how to sign up for trainings, go here

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