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Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Here's what you need to know!
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms every month.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
    More about staying safe with smoke alarms.

In this Dan Doofus video, NFPA is reminding you to make sure you have enough smoke alarms in your home, test them monthly and replace them every 10 years.
See all of NFPA's smoke alarm videos.

Smoke alarms by the numbers
  • In 2007-2011, smoke alarms sounded in half of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (37%) of the home fire deaths.

Source: NFPA's "Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires" report, (March 2014)


Safety Tips for Running in the Dark

Collierville Fire and Rescue wishes to remind all citizens to be safe while jogging early in morning and late in the evening by following these simple seven safety elements…..

Wear or Bright or Reflective Clothing

It's very difficult for drivers to see runners in the dark!  Wear bright, reflective colors and/or tape -  enough so that you ‘glow’ as you run!

Wear or Carry Lights

Carrying or wearing lights not only helps light your way safely but identifies you to oncoming drivers.  There are many small, affordable lights that are easy to wear or hold that will illuminate your path while running. 

Run on the Left Side of the Road

The proper place to run is on the left side of the road, facing traffic. Think about it … it’s far easier to avoid a swerving car if you can see the car coming toward you.


Some tunes on your run are great to keep you going, but not in the dark. When running in the dark, you need to rely on all your senses, not just your sight. Leave the music at home so you can hear any potential dangers.

Run in Well Lit or Populated Areas

Rethink your run route at night.  Although it's nice and peaceful while running on trails, you might be setting yourself up as an easy target for unexpected or dangerous incidents. Stick to busier roads and well lighted areas. 

Run With a Friend

Running in tandem increases the fun of the run - and gives you an extra set of eyes and ears! 

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

No matter how many precautions you take to keep yourself safe, always pay attention to what's around you. If something doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts and move away quickly. 


Fire Prevention

The dangers of 9-volt battery

BatteriesA fire destroys a home. The owner barely gets out alive. The fire department investigation determines that the fire’s place of origin is a kitchen “junk” drawer. The cause? Nine-volt batteries loose in the drawer. A metal object touched the posts of the batteries, causing a short circuit, which created enough heat to start a fire.

These types of fires have made headlines in Colorado, New Hampshire, Kansas, and other places. 

NFPA’s 9-volt battery safety tip sheet warns that it is unsafe to store 9-volt batteries in a drawer near paper clips, pens, coins, or other batteries. This goes for all 9-volt batteries, whether they are recently purchased or have only a weak charge left in them.

Common household items such as steel wool, aluminum foil, and keys should not be stored near 9-volt batteries. If these items touch the two posts, there is a greater risk of a fire starting.  

Batteries should be kept in original packaging until ready for use. If loose, keep posts covered with masking, duct, or electrical tape.

Whether we’re changing the batteries on our smoke alarms that use 9-volt batteries or using the batteries for other purposes, it’s important to follow these and the additional precautions the tip sheet provides.

You can read more about 9-volt battery safety and all of our safety tip sheets on the NFPA web site. 

Construction of Ladder Truck #30059 for Collierville

Collierville’s newest ladder truck is currently under construction at the Pierce Manufacturing Facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. The new ladder truck has a Pierce Dash CF chassis equipped with a 100’ heavy-duty steel ladder, PUC pump with 2,000 gpm capability, 300gal water tank, 30gal foam tank, and an on-board hydraulic engine. Construction is expected to be completed mid-February, 2017.

The 100’ aerial platform is a multi-purpose piece of apparatus and will respond on all fire calls, technical rescue, vehicle extrication, and haz-mat/CBRNE incidents on a day-to-day basis. As the result of this purchase, it will significantly improve and enhance our operational capabilities and be a catalyst that enhances subsequent strategic and tactical priorities. It will contribute to protecting lives and property, and fully support our department’s goals and objectives toward our mission.

This week your apparatus completed 3rd party aerial device testing and had ladder storage installed. In the next few days, your apparatus should finish 3rd party pump testing and afterwards be released to final product evaluation which is part of the quality process. This is your last scheduled report.
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