|Westchester County DES Fire Safety & Prevention|
|By Assistant Chief Brian Schnibbe|
|March 29, 2022|
DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES RELEASES FIRE SAFETY VIDEO FOLLOWING MULTIPLE MAJOR FIRES IN THE COUNTY
(Valhalla, NY) – In the wake of major fires that caused loss of life or significant property damage, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Department of Emergency Services are providing residents with practical tips on how to prevent fires and increase the odds of survival if one occurs.
Get Out, Stay Out, Call 911 immediately. -- Do not re-enter a burning home or apartment once you are out safely. Fires can double in size every 30 seconds. Stay outside and let responding firefighters know if any persons or pets are still inside. Report any fire, no matter its size, immediately so help is on the way promptly.
Close the Door. -- The simple act of closing the door to a room where a fire has broken out can save lives and significantly reduce property damage. A closed door limits the supply of oxygen to a fire and prevents the rapid spread of deadly smoke and flames. If you have to flee from a fire, close the door as you leave. In apartment buildings or office settings, this includes closing the door from a hallway to a stairwell.
Handle Lithium Ion Batteries Properly. -- Lithium Ion batteries that power cellphones, laptops and other devices are an increasing source of fire in Westchester and elsewhere. When these batteries are not charged, stored or handled properly, they can overheat and cause a fire. Do not leave lithium ion-powered devices on fabric surfaces such as pillows, beds or couches.