Recent Calls
Thu. May 28th 2015
MVA WITH ENTRAPMENT IN WHITE HAVEN BORO

At noon time today FFD was dispatched to assist White Haven with a reported MVA with entrapment at Berwick St & Main St. ...

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Mon. May 25th 2015
Engine and Utility on the EMS Assist in the Boro

During the early morning hours Freeland Northside BLS requested the engine to respond to an entry and assist at Elderly ...

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Sun. May 24th 2015
Engine on the LZ Assist to Foster

During the early evening Luzerne County dropped the box for a MVA with injuries and entrapment in the Eckley Section of Foste...

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News Headlines
Tue. May 26th 2015
Potato Cake Sale a Hugh Success!

This weekend the department conducted its Annual Potato Cake Sale at the Memorial Weekend Celebration. This year the departme...

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Mon. May 25th 2015
FFD Pariticipates in Memorial Day Events

The Freeland Fire Department membership again paid homage to the veterans who fought so valiantly to insure our liberty and f...

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Sat. May 23rd 2015
Photo Session for the Apparatus

This afternoon Dan Markiewicz of the West End Fire and Rescue of Mahanoy City and a group of other photographers made a visit...

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Nationwide Fire News
From 2010 to 2012, an estimated 25,000 vacant residential building fires were reported to fire departments within the United States each year and caused an estimated 60 deaths, 225 injuries and $777 million in property loss. Our latest topical fire report looks at the characteristics of vacant residential building fires. Download this free report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
From 2010 to 2012, an estimated 6,500 one- and two-family residential building fires originating in basements were reported annually by U.S. fire departments. These fires caused an estimated 65 deaths, 400 injuries and $278 million in property damage each year. Our latest topical fire report looks at the characteristics of home basement fires. Download the free report, along with an outreach handout to help prevent basement fires, from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
This free report looks at fire and emergency service cultural aspects that contribute to occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities. It provides a basic understanding of the fire and emergency service culture, identifies individual and organizational behaviors that positively and negatively impact health and safety, and highlights focus areas for change by raising awareness about unsafe practices. Download the National Safety Culture Change Initiative report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov.
The risk from fire is not the same for everyone. In 2011, 3,415 deaths and 17,500 injuries in the U.S. were caused by fires. These casualties were not equally distributed across the U.S. population and the resulting risk of death or injury from fire was more severe for some groups. This topical fire report explores why different segments of society are at a greater risk from fire. Download the free report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
These reports look at the characteristics of one- and two-family and multifamily home fires using data reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Sixty-five percent of all residential building fires occurred in one- and two-family homes, while 28 percent occurred in multifamily homes. Download the free reports from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
This report looks at firefighter injuries sustained at, responding to or returning from a fire incident, using data reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Download the free report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
This report addresses the characteristics of home heating fires caused by central heating units, fixed or portable local heating units, fireplaces, heating stoves, chimneys, and water heaters. Download the free report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
With this toolkit developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with assistance from the U.S. Fire Administration, you will learn about the five basic steps to create or enhance a fire safety education program for your community. Whether you are just getting started in fire safety education, or you are a seasoned educator, this toolkit will get you on your way to a successful program.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

 


Burning any fuel produces carbon monoxide. This means any fuel-burning appliance in your home is a potential source. Poisoning comes from inhaling enough of the gas that it replaces oxygen in the blood.

 

Gas central heating, space heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, wood burning stoves, and water heaters are all leading sources of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can escape if these devices leak or are poorly vented. Exhaust from a car parked in a closed garage can also be a source.

The Carbon Monoxide and Gas Safety Society says that on average, carbon monoxide poisoning kills 40 people a year and injures around 300. But it believes cases are under reported as there is no automatic testing for CO of people who die suddenly.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

The initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu but without fever. They include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Irregular breathing.
 

If you have any of these symptoms -- and if you feel better when you go outside your home but the symptoms reappear once you're back inside -- you may have carbon monoxide poisoning.


If carbon monoxide poisoning is known or suspected:

  • Get out of the building or car where the carbon monoxide is present.
  • Keep still. (This will conserve oxygen in the blood, which is already at a low level because carbon monoxide has partially replaced it.)
  • It is important that you get treated right away. At the hospital, you will probably get oxygen therapy through a mask.

Call 911 immediately!!!!

 

Tips for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning

 

  • Install at least one smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and near bedrooms. The alarm should meet the latest Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety standard and comply with local regulations for placement in the home.
  • Call a certified professional to inspect, clean, and tune up the central heating system and repair leaks.
  • Monitor appliances, chimneys, and vents for visible soot, rust, stains, blockage, or corrosion. Also have them inspected each year. When in use, make sure they vent properly to allow gas to escape from enclosed areas. Don't close the fireplace or damper before the fire is completely out.
  • Open flues when fireplaces are in use.
  • Hire a professional to clean your chimney at least once a year.
  • Make sure wood burning stoves comply with local regulations and meet current EPA emissions standards.
  • Burn only wood and be sure the wood stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and embers.
  • Never use generators indoors or in crawl spaces.
  • Use proper fuel in space heaters.
  • Use space heaters in well-ventilated areas.
  • Don't use a gas kitchen oven to heat your home. Keep gas appliances properly adjusted and serviced.
  • Don't burn charcoal or use a grill indoors.
  • Don't use paint remover that has methylene chloride in it, especially when children are around. (Methylene chloride converts to carbon monoxide in the body.)
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FREELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT
P.O. BOX 28
FREELAND,PA.18224
Non-Emergency: 570-636-3244
Emergency: 911
Fax: 570-636-0221