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Fire House Facts for 12/29/2019-1/4/2020
Smoke Alarms

From Sunday December 29, 2019 through Saturday January 4, 2020 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 266 emergency calls for service:

  • 14    General Fire Response
    Including: A garage fire, a cooking fire, a brush fire in a backyard, a tree fire, and various alarms                
  • 1     Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with an emergency medical call in the county
  • 13    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including: 2 involving pedestrians (1 of those hit by a train), and 1 involving at least 3 vehicles
  • 219   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 27 for difficulty breathing, 18 for chest pain, 30 for falls, 12 for unconscious people, 6 seizure cases, 3 possible stroke cases, 1 for a person under the influence of drugs, 1 drug overdose, 11 for people with psychiatric problems, 5 for medical alarms, 16 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 2 for fever, 10 for diabetic emergencies, 3 for man down calls, 2 for uncontrolled bleeding, 1 for bad headaches, 1 for a stabbing, 3 for gunshot wounds (1 involving 2 fatalities), 5 for assaults, 5 for back pain, 9 for abdominal pain, 2 pregnancy related, 1 for deceased person, 3 for lacerations, 1 for a child burned by a falling pan of hot oil, 1 for a person sleeping in a dumpster when they were dumped into a truck, 1 for a finger cut off while trimming trees, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 19    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 to assist YPD with a biohazard cleanup at a crime scene, 2 for dumpster fires, 1 for smell of gas, 1 for an unknown chemical smell, 1 for power lines down, 1 for a power pole on fire, 1 for a power pole sparking, 1 for a small brush fire, and various alarms

      It’s a New Year and a good time to replace the battery in your Smoke Alarms!

Every week YFD personnel respond to calls from residents whose smoke alarms are sounding. Fortunately, this doesn’t always involve a fire, often it just involves a resident needing assistance with the alarm. Frequently this is just a matter of the batteries needing to be replaced, and/or an alarm the resident is not familiar with. Often this is a late night disturbance for the resident (why does that always seem to happen at 2:00am?) that could have been avoided by regularly changing the batteries.

Every year 2000 to 3000 people die in fires here in the United States. It is estimated that half of those who died may have lived, if there had been a working smoke alarm in the home. Most homes these days are equipped with smoke alarms, but due to poor maintenance (often batteries are found to be dead or disconnected) many fail to work properly when a fire occurs.

Batteries should be replaced at least once a year and alarms tested monthly (and alarms replaced every 10 years). Combine these tests with doing home fire drills (your kids do them at school and they are just as important at home!) and your children will be more likely to recognize the sound of the alarm and take the proper action in a real emergency. Smoke alarms do save lives, and they are some of the cheapest insurance you can buy, but they will do no good if they are not working properly.

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