The City of Ramsey places a high priority on fire safety. Most fires are predictable and preventable. Because of this, we feel that education is the key to reducing the risk of fire from occurring. Today, we know that the majority of all fires that occur in the country occur in a residence. We also know that most of all fire-related fatalities occur in the home as well.
It is sad to know that the place we are supposed to feel the safest is actually the deadliest when it comes to a fire. In order to reduce your risk of a fire or becoming a victim, you must prepare yourself and your family for a fire, should one occur. Make sure your smoke detectors are in place and that they are actually working. There should be one in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. This alarm is your alert that there is a fire and wakes you when most fires occur. If an alarm does not sound, it may be to late to respond.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Effective August 1, 2008, a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is required in all existing single-family homes. Also, a minimum of one approved and operational carbon monoxide alarm installed within 10 feet of each room used for sleeping purposes.
Fire Death Prevention
Practice makes perfect. There has never been a fire death in a school in Minnesota history because the children practice getting out at least 9 times a year. Do the same in your home and your chances of being a victim will greatly reduce. Plan an escape route for your whole family and agree on a meeting place so that you know that everyone is out. That is the first question firefighters will ask you when we arrive on the scene.
The City of Ramsey has a full-time Fire Marshall who focuses his duties on fire safety. These duties include
- Fire Education
- Fire Investigation
Through investigation and inspection, we are able to see what our fire problem is and focus our education in this area. Those at highest risk are children 14 and under, adults 65 and older, and firefighters.