With a New Year comes time to take stock of one’s life and lifestyle and make amendments and resolutions. 2015 was a big year for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue as we eclipsed one thousand calls within a year for the first time in our history. We are proud of the commitment that our members have shown and are excited for the addition of over 20 new members joining our ranks as Firefighters and EMTs in 2016. Orcas Fire and Rescue will continue to deliver high quality service with cutting edge technique keeping safety at the forefront of our mission in 2016 and beyond.
We at Orcas Island Fire and Rescue would like to offer to you a few resolutions to aim for in 2016 to improve safety for you and our community.
Enroll in a CPR and First Aid class, or if you are already trained encourage a friend, family member, or your coworkers to take a class. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue offers CPR classes twice a month and First Aid classes once a month. Call 376-2331 to sign up.
Decrease clutter in and around the house, clutter contributes to slips, trips, and falls and good housekeeping reduces the risk of these events. Reducing clutter also reduces the amount of flammable materials that may build up and encroach too close to heaters and wood stoves.
Be mindful of portable heaters and where they are placed within the home. Give heaters and stoves a lot of space and unplug portable heaters when you are not home or when they are not in use.
Have a family escape plan: talk with your family about multiple ways to evacuate the home and agree on a place to meet up outside the house in an emergency. Practice this plan every few months and make sure that people in the house can give the address to 911 dispatchers in an emergency.
Check your smoke alarms and install Carbon Monoxide alarms if you don’t have them in the house already.