Michael McLemore 05/04/11
According to the National Fire Protection Association, residential fires account for the majority of all fires in the United States and up to 75 percent of all fire deaths annually. This trend continues even though most of us have modern smoke detectors and fire alarm systems. The Sugar Land Fire Department continues to offer programs to reduce the number of unintentional fires. One such initiative is our “Home Safety Survey” program.
The Fire Department currently offers this program year round to the residents of Sugar Land and areas of service. The Home Safety Survey is strictly voluntary on the part of the home owner but offers them valuable and potential life-saving information at no cost.
The idea is simple; the homeowner calls and requests a home safety survey. The Public Education staff then schedules an appointment for an engine company to visit the residence non emergency.
During the survey, the fire crew will inspect each room in the home with the occupant and discuss such hazards as cooking fires. Matter of fact in 2010, the most common cause of fires in Sugar Land was from unattended cooking. Most of these home fires started around 6 p.m. After the survey, the occupants are given a form documenting the hazards found and suggestions on how to correct them. The residents are also reminded of the importance of having and practicing an emergency fire escape plan. The Home Safety Survey usually takes 30-45 minutes.
Some of the common hazards we look for include:
- Flammable liquid storage
- Breaker Panel Labeling
- Electrical hazards
- Water Temperature
- Matches & Lighters
- Smoke detector locations & operation
- Emergency supply kit
To schedule a Home Safety Survey, call the Sugar Land Fire Department at (281) 275-2177.
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