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The Oronoco Fire Department and Oronoco First Responders spend hours each year training to be prepared for emergencies. We can be called any time of the day or night to respond to calls for help.
What is even more important than training and responding to calls is educating our community. Together, with your help, we can make our community a safer place.
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Did you know that in 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage?
We want you to be as prepared as possible for when danger strikes. Even more so, we want you to prevent danger from happening. Many agencies, such as the NFPA and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal have a lot of educational material available online for free.
Here is a list of our favorite safety videos:
Be proactive in protecting your family. Just a few easy changes can make a world of difference.
Making sure house numbers are easily visible from the road
Creating a house escape plan
Replace old and expired smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
Consider purchasing fire extinguishers and home sprinkler systems
ln an emergency, call 911 as soon as possible. Don't wait.
Visit your local fire station
Practice, Practice, Practice
Did you know that According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan? The best way to be safe is to both implement and practice fire safety activities.
Have drills using your house escape plan and repeat them often
Check your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors monthly and replace batteries twice a year
When you replace batteries, check the expiration date on your detectors. Many expire 10 years from manufacture date
Point out fire safety materials to children when you see them out of the house, such as fire sprinklers, extinguishers, first aid stations, etc.
Everyday activities, such as cooking over a stove or using a campfire, can be a learning activity.