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Fire House Facts for 2/11/2018-2/17/2018

From Sunday February 11, 2018 through Saturday February 17, 2018 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 292 emergency calls for service:

  • 7    General Fire Response
    Including: An illegal trash fire in a yard, a small chemical spill, and various alarms
  • 2    Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with 2 medical emergencies in the county
  • 18   Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a train (fatality), 1 involving a tree, 1 involving a wall, and 1 involving a pedestrian
  • 249  Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 24 for difficulty breathing, 23 for chest pain, 39 for falls, 20 for unconscious people, 10 seizure cases, 4 possible stroke cases, 3 for intoxicated persons, 2 for a persons under the influence of drugs, 2 drug overdoses, 10 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for a medical alarm, 1 for a child locked in a vehicle, 2 for allergic reactions, 2 for choking, 11 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 1 for broken bones, 6 for diabetic emergencies, 2 for man down calls, 1 for uncontrolled bleeding, 5 for bad headaches, 4 for assaults, 6 for back pain, 18 for abdominal pain, 2 pregnancy related, 1 for deceased person, 3 for lacerations, 1 for a person burned by fireworks, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 16    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 for power lines down, 1 to assist YPD with photos of a crash scene, 1 to rescue a cat on a fence over a bridge, 1 for a brush fire started by a transient’s cooking fire, and 1 for illegal burning,

This time of year, Yuma’s weather is almost always much better than that being experienced in other parts of the country. That does not mean that temperatures can’t dip down low enough to make things uncomfortably cool. When that happens, sometimes alternative heating sources are used. Improper use of heating equipment can have serious results. Space heaters accounted for two out of every five home heating fires.

Every year, tens of thousands of heating related fires occur, causing hundreds of deaths. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2009 to 2013 there was an average of 56,000 home heating fires per year. and an average of 470 people who lost their lives in those fires. Better designs and more attention to safety have been reducing the number of heating fires. Prior to 1990, heating related fires were the leading cause of home fires. Since then it has been cooking related fires. Here are some tips:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment (furnace, wood stove, portable heater, fireplace, etc.).
  • Only use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory. And follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make sure your space heater is a modern variety that will automatically shut off if it tips over!
  • Never use your oven for heating.
  • Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Make sure all fuel burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Test smoke alarms at least monthly.

For more information about fire and injury prevention classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept