Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention Week 2015
Fire Prevention Week is always held the week of October 9th, to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announces a theme for the week; this year, it is "Hear The Beep Where You Sleep!"

When it comes to smoke alarms, it’s about “location, location, location”. The key message of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4-10, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.

Throughout the month of October, firefighters from the West Valley FD will visited with approximately 3000 kids at our local elementary schools to provide fire safety education.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, or about smoke alarms, click on the links to the right.

Pizza Safety
You may not have young children in your house, but you may have to pet-proof your home. Watch the video on the right to see a mischievous puppy steal a few slices of pizza while his owners are in the other room. The pup's foot turns on the stove knob, which heats up the box enough for ignition-it only takes a few moments! As a side note, the owners have since installed child-proof covers on their stove knobs.

Stuff for Kids
Sparky the Fire Dog is always a big hit wherever he goes--the kids love him. And now, Sparky even has his own web site, full of fun games and things for kids (and some adults). Just click on the link to the right.

Information for Educators
The Texas State Fire Marshals Office (SFMO) has developed a series of fire and burn prevention curriculum guides that are appropriate for students in grades K-12. The SFMO has made these documents available on-line, free of charge. To down load them, click on the "Fire Safety for Texans" link to the right of this article. On that site, you will also find a listing of informative brochures pertaining to fire safety in the home. For more information on Fire Prevention, check out our Fire Safety page also.

School Fire Exit Drill Report Forms
Documented fire exit drills and fire prevention education plays a part in determining insurance rates for homeowners and businesses in the areas covered by the West Valley FD. These forms are required to be filled out by each campus at the end of each school year. The original shall be maintained at the campus or ISD level for not less than three years, with a copy faxed to the WVFD at 886-2313. Just click on the link to the right to get a copy of the current form.

Electrical Lines and Cords
An all too common cause fire, especially in homes, is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are all rated for a certain load carrying capability. This means if you try to run an air conditioner with a rated load of 15 amps, with a cord rated for 10 amps, the cord well soon start heating-up and may catch fire or may catch something it is touching on fire. Be sure that your cord is heavy enough for the load you are placing on it.

Is Your Address Visible?
Many times, an emergency response is slowed because we cannot locate an address quickly. You can help us to help you by making sure your address is on your house and visible from the street. In most cases, if the numbers are 6" or taller, we will be able to see them. The numbers should be in a contrasting color from the background, and not hidden by trees or shrubbery.


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Fire Prevention Week 2015
All about Fire Prevention Week. Interesting facts about the history of FPW, and some good information about smoke alarms.
Puppy Sets Pizza Box on Fire
You know you have to keep a close eye on young kids, but young dogs also need to be watched, especially when there is a tempting pizza box on the stove.
Sparky the Fire Dog
Fun stuff, just for the kids!
Curriculum guides for students in Grades K-12
Fire Drill Report form for the 15/16 school year. Each campus is required to maintain one of these forms for each school year. Printable .pdf Form.
This document contains the rules for burning outdoors in the El Paso County area outside any city or municipality. The Town of Anthony and the Village of Vinton do not allow burning without a permit.
A List of Fire Protection Companys licensed in Texas.
A listing of Fire Safety Personnel. Persons Installing, Maintaining or Inspecting Fire Protection, must be Licensed to do so by the Texas State Fire Marshals Office.
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