January 2019
Happy New Year Salt Lake City residents!

January is National Bath Safety Month. You may be surprised at how many bathroom accidents we respond to on an annual basis; many of which occur in and around the tub.

Below are our recommendations to prevent accidents, particularly amongst small children and senior citizens.

  • Never leave children under the age of four alone in the tub.
  • Beware of sharp edges, especially with kids. Use a rubber cover for the faucet and avoid hard bath toys.
  • Help prevent slips. Affix slip resistant strips or mats in your bathtubs and showers. Young children do not have the coordination or strength to hold steady if they lose their balance.  
  • Install safety handles in the tub or shower and to make getting up and down easier.
  • Test the temperature. Wait until the tub has finished filling before placing your child in the water. Set your home's water heater to deliver water no hotter than 120 degrees to lower the risk of scalding.

Stay safe this year and always.  

Chief Karl Lieb
Time to check your smoke alarm detectors
January is a great time of year to make sure your home's smoke alarm detectors are up to par. Here are some safety tips for installation and placement:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. basement. Large homes may need extra smoke detectors.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • *Interconnect your smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they should all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

*ADA accommodation: People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms that have strobe lights and bed shakers. Retailers of smoke alarms that meet U.L. standard 1971 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing include: BRK Electronics, Gentex Corporation, Kidde Fire Safety, and Menards, Inc.

Why SLC Fire sends multiple vehicles to an emergency scene
Ever notice two of our vehicles on an emergency scene? There are several circumstances where we send multiple vehicles.

  1. On a medical scene, we have two different levels of care, including Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). If ALS is called for, the nearest ALS vehicle is dispatched. However, if a BLS vehicle is closer, they will respond and stabilize the patient until an ALS vehicle can arrive. Thus, you may see two fire vehicles on a medical scene.
  2. If the emergency incident requires patient transport, in addition to fire vehicles, you will see a Gold Cross ambulance on the scene.
  3. If the emergency is a fire, different vehicles work in conjunction with each other to provide personnel and water supply to the scene.

SLC Fire's new website look
As of January 1, residents may notice a new website look for SLC Fire. We've integrated with Salt Lake City Corporation's website. To access the site, visit www.slc.gov/fire. If you visit the old site (www.slcfire.com) you will be redirected.

To request a crew for an event or fire station tour, click on the "Contact" button (circled in red), indicate the "Type of Request," and submit. Questions? Contact us at 801-799-4173.


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