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Know your fire district OAK HARBOR Four public fire departments protect Whidbey Island and its citizens. Whether it’s a car accident, injury or fire, volunteers and career firefighters will be there to help.

South Whidbey

South Whidbey Fire/EMS was established as Island County Fire Protection District #3 by local community volunteers in 1950. It serves 15,000 residents and an estimated daily population of 25,000 within 66 square miles of South Whidbey Island. The district houses six stations and has nine engines, five water tenders, one medical support vehicle, one light rescue, three EMS response vehicles, one rescue boat, one personal watercraft, three support vehicles, three utility vehicles and five staff vehicles. In 2016, the district responded to 2,600 calls.

Central Whidbey

Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue (CWIFR) serves approximately 8,264 residents and many visitors within 50 square miles of Central Whidbey Island from three fire stations. CWIFR’s response stretches from just south of Libby Road to just north of Mutiny Bay Road and spans the breadth of the island. This predominantly rural area includes the Town of Coupeville and the unincorporated community of Greenbank. The district is predominantly rural with an average population density of 165.28/square mile.

North Whidbey

Established in 1950, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue provides fire services for North Whidbey Island, outside the city limits, from Deception Pass Bridge to Libby Road. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue has grown to include seven fire stations, an administrative headquarters, 15 pieces of apparatus, two basic life support ambulances and three command vehicles, to cover 55 square miles and a population of over 15,000. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue provides services to the community, by organizing, coordinating, and directing available resources to respond to the event and bring the emergency under control. The goal of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is to protect public health by minimizing the impact of the event on the community and environment.


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Oak Harbor Fire Department (OHFD) serves the City of Oak Harbor. OHFD protects the 9.714 square mile city (including several miles of shoreline) and an estimated population of 23,000. OHFD is a combination fire department with one station staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by career and paid-on-call firefighters. In 2016 OHFD responded to 1,177 emergency incidents. Station 81 houses four fire engines, one ladder truck, one rescue unit, and various support vehicles.


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Change the batteries in smoke alarms at Daylight Saving Time While there are numerous ways to improve home safety, fires are a common threat that you have the power to prevent with preparation. The International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer team up each fall to educate the public about how to improve in-home safety. The “Change Your Clock Change Your Battery” program reminds everyone to replace the batteries in their home’s smoke detectors when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time so they have functioning smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cut nearly in half the risk of dying

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n U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 166,100 home cooking-related fires between 2010-2014 resulting in 480 civilian deaths, 5,540 civilian injuries and $1.1 billion in direct damage. n Two of every five (43 percent) home fires started in the kitchen. n Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires. n Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials. n Ranges accounted for three of every five (62 percent) home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 13 percent. n Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking and hot food and drinks than of being hurt in a cooking fire. n Children under five accounted for 30 percent of the 4,300 microwave oven scald burns seen in hospital emergency rooms during 2014. n Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1 percent of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths. n More than half of people injured in home fires involving cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves. n Frying is the leading activity associated with cooking fires.

n The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean. This usually involved creosote build-up in chimneys. n Portable or fixed space heaters, including wood stoves, were involved in two of every five (40 percent) of home heating fires and accounted for 84% of the home heating deaths. n Over half (56 percent) of home heating fire deaths resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding. n In most years, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths and fire injuries.

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Home fire sprinklers n If you have a reported fire in your home, the risk of dying decreases by about 80 percent when sprinklers are present. n Sprinklers reduce direct property damage by about 70 percent per fire. n Research shows that when sprinklers were present during a fire, the fire is kept to the room of origin 97 percent of the time. n Roughly 85 percent of the time, just one sprinkler operates during a fire. n Each individual sprinkler is designed and calibrated to go off only when it senses a significant heat change. n Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire.


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Emergency Checklist If the unthinkable happens, your children will look to you to know how to react and respond. Use the checklist below to help your family prepare and keep children safe in a disaster. Make a family plan and determine: n The facilities that will be used as shelters in your community in case of emergency n A designated meet-up location if your family is separated n An emergency contact outside of your area who would not be affected by a local disaster Teach your children: n Basic personal information to identify themselves if separated from you



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n How to dial 911 n Your family’s meet-up locations n How to reach your family’s out-of-town contact

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Have a communications strategy: n Program all family cell phones with “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) contacts n Include all family phone numbers plus out-of-town contacts n Remind family members that text messages often get through in an emer­-gency, even when a phone call can’t

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Fast facts about fire Home fires n Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours. n One-quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den. n Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. n In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 365,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,560 deaths, 11,075 civilian injuries, and $7 billion in direct damage. n On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day. n Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.

n Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths. n Most fatal fires kill one or two people. n During 2010 — 2014, roughly, one of every 338 households reported a home fire per year.

Escape planning n According to an NFPA survey, only onethird of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. n Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half ever practiced it. n One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8 percent said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out. (National Fire Prevention Association)

Stay safe this holiday season The holiday season is full of family, friendship and good cheer, but it’s important to keep in mind that this time of year can also pose specific safety risks, particularly around the use of candles, fire and heating products. In 2015, one home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle associated with this time of year may mean you are paying less attention to safety precautions. To protect your family and home, check out these tips.

Safety Devices

Double check all of your home’s safety devices, including carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms for functionality and to ensure batteries are still working. Doing so will offer you greater peace of mind during a time of year with additional fire risks.


Nothing beats the charm and warmth of a fireplace, particularly around the holidays when the family is gathered together, but consider these tips to keep your fireplace safe: n Ensure gas fireplaces are outfitted with safety screens. n Never leave children or pets unattended near a lit fireplace or one that was recently turned off. Safety screens are meant to protect against contact with hot glass, but remember that the metal can also heat up, and your heating equipment — fireplaces, stoves, inserts and their surrounding material — will remain hot for some time after use. n Ensure gifts, trees, and holiday decor are all placed a safe distance away from the fireplace.

n Consider annual maintenance for both wood-burning and gas fireplaces, as recommended by experts.


Candles can be a feast for the senses, but they are also a major cause of accidents and house fires, especially when your home is decked out with extra combustible decore. Don’t burn candles near curtains, trees and other flammable objects. Never leave candles unattended. Ensure all flames are extinguished before leaving a room and before going to sleep. If you have pets or children, make sure any open flames are well out of their reach and consider alternatives such as candle warmers. The greatest holiday gift you can give this season is the gift of safety. (StatePoint)

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What you should know about Smoke Alarms Save Lives

The most important things you need to know are smoke alarms save lives and they should be in every home. Follow these important smoke alarm safety measures: • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. This means testing smoke alarms monthly, replacing batteries once a year or when a low-battery alarm chirps and performing other maintenance as NFPA and your smoke alarm manufacturers recommend. And of course, a smoke alarm disabled because of nuisance alarms provides no protection at all. • It is important to have not just one smoke alarm but smoke alarms in every location required by NFPA standards. (On each level of your home, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom.) Tens of millions of U.S. homes are estimated to have smoke alarms but not enough smoke alarms to meet the standards and protect their homes. • Interconnect your smoke alarms so that a fire detected by any smoke alarm will sound an alarm at every location where a smoke alarm is installed. Interconnection can be done using hard-wiring or wireless broadcast technology. Interconnected smoke alarms provide early warning of fires that are still far away or are located on the other side of a door or wall that may block sound. • Develop and practice an escape plan so that everyone in the home knows what to do if the smoke alarm sounds. That includes planning a second way out from every room in your home. Every household that develops and practices an escape plan with two ways out from every location improves its time to escape in every type of fire.

There Are Different Types of Smoke Alarm Technologies—Ionization and Photoelectric

The two most commonly recognized smoke detection technologies are ionization smoke detection and photoelectric smoke detection. Ionization smoke detection is generally more responsive to flaming fires and photoelectric smoke detection is generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called “smoldering fires”). For each type of smoke alarm, the advantage it provides may be critical to life safety in some fire situations. Home fatal fires, day or night, include a large number of smoldering fires and a large number of flaming fires. You can not predict the type of fire you may have in your home or when it will occur. Any smoke alarm technology, to be acceptable, must perform acceptably for both types of fires in order to provide early warning of fire at all times of the day or night and whether you are asleep or awake.


The best evidence has always indicated that either type of smoke alarm will provide sufficient time for escape for most people for most fires of either smoldering or flaming type. However, research is ongoing, and standards are living documents. If at any time, research points to a different conclusion, then that will lead to proposals for changes in the NFPA standard or the closely related Underwriters Laboratories standard for testing and approving smoke alarms. Both organizations currently have task groups looking at smoke alarm performance in the current home environment.

For Best Protection Use Both Types of Smoke Alarm Technologies

For best protection, it is recommended both (ionization and photoelectric) technologies be in homes. In addition to individual ionization and photoelectric alarms, combination alarms that include both technologies in a single device are available.

Nuisance Alarms Can Be Minimized

Ionization type smoke alarms are more susceptible to nuisance alarms due to cooking, the leading cause of nuisance alarms, but both types have some susceptibility to nuisance alarms from cooking fumes, and both have susceptibility to nuisance alarms from the steam from a hot shower. In the past decade or so, a number of steps have been taken to reduce the likelihood of nuisance alarms, including hush features and refinements to installation rules that include guidance on safe distances from nuisance sources.

TV Demonstrations of Smoke Alarm Performance Can Be Misleading

Informal demonstrations, such as ones done for TV news shows, of smoke alarm performance can seriously mislead the viewer and do not provide a sound basis to assess performance. These demonstration tests are not performed in a controlled or scientific way that compares the time of smoke alarm operation to the time when occupants would be incapacitated. The selected fire scenarios may not be representative of real fatal home fires. Passing or failing a “test” of this sort may have nothing to do with performing well or badly in the wide range of real fires. A valid engineering analysis must select fires that are realistic and analyze them accordingly. In an informal demonstration, the eye reacts to conditions that look dangerous, mostly visible smoke and visible flame. However, most people are killed by invisible gases, which do not necessarily spread at the same rate as smoke or flame. A valid engineering analysis must measure conditions caused by fires and assess them according to their real danger. For more information go to www.nfpa.org/smokealarms

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