The City of Ramsey places a high priority on fire safety. Most fires are predictable and preventable. Because of this, we feel that education is the key to reducing the risk of fire from occurring. Today, we know that most of all fires in the country occur in a residence. We also know that most of all fire-related fatalities occur in the home as well.
It is sad to know that the place we are supposed to feel the safest is the deadliest when it comes to a fire. To reduce your risk of a fire or becoming a victim, you must prepare yourself and your family for a fire, should one occur. Make sure your smoke detectors are in place and that they are working. There should be one in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. This alarm is your alert that there is a fire and wakes you when most fires occur. It may be too late to respond if an alarm does not sound.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Effective August 1, 2008, a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is required in all existing single-family homes. Also, at least one approved and operational carbon monoxide alarm should be installed within 10 feet of each room used for sleeping purposes.
Fire Death Prevention
Practice makes perfect. There has never been a fire death in a school in Minnesota because the children practice getting out at least nine times a year. Do the same in your home and your chances of being a victim will significantly reduce. Plan an escape route for your whole family and agree on a meeting place so that you know that everyone is out. That is the first question firefighters will ask you when we arrive.
The City of Ramsey has a full-time Fire Marshal who focuses on fire safety. These duties include
- Fire Education
- Fire Investigation
Through investigation and inspection, we can see our fire problem and focus our education in this area. Those at highest risk are children 14 and under, adults 65 and older, and firefighters.