Thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) NOCFA was able to purchase a new Fire and Life Safety Trailer. The trailer has a classroom area that is used to educate individuals about various fire safety topics including escaping a fire in a simulated area that can be filled with a non-toxic smoke. In addition to the classroom the trailer has a sprinkler demonstration area that shows the effectiveness of residential sprinklers. The graphics on the trailer are meant to be educational messages and teaching tools. The most effective graphic is a flashover graph that shows people how long they have to escape a fire, when typical smoke alarms activate, when sprinklers would activate, and the time it take for a fire department to start battling the blaze. This trailer is very unique and only 3 similar trailers exist in Michigan. Special features include strobe flashing smoke detectors for the hearing impaired along with a fire safety video in sign language, and a wheelchair ramp that allows disabled or handicapped individuals to participate in educational programs. This trailer is used throughout the community and surrounding area for various events. If you are interested in NOCFA’s Fire and Life Safety Trailer For your next event contact NOCFA at 248-634-4511.
Over 80% of fire deaths occur in the home. Home fire sprinklers can save lives and property from fire. They respond quickly and effectively to fire, often extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire.
• Home fire sprinklers save lives and property. In many situations, a family who has survived a fire will also have their “home” to live in and enough of the items and space in their home to continue living their lives as they did before.
• The cost of a home fire sprinkler system in a new home averages $1.61 per sprinklered square foot totaling an amount similar to what is spent for carpet upgrades, paving stone driveway or a whirlpool bath.
Source: Fire Protection Research Foundation Study 2008.
• A home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium.
• Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire.
Source: Fire Protection Research Foundation Study 2010.
• Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly. They can reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, fire damage by up to 71%, and water usage to fight a home fire by as much as 91%.
Source: FM Global and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Study 2010.
• Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler. Only the high temperature of a fire will activate the sprinkler.
• A home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out such as paint and be sure the main control valve is never turned off.
• Home fire sprinklers are effective in cold and warm climates. Guidelines have been created for the proper installation of systems to avoid pipes freezing. A home fire sprinkler system should be winterized the same as you winterize a domestic water supply.
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North Oakland County Fire Authority is now offering hands on fire extinguisher training to businesses, churches, civic organizations etc. Through a recently acquired grant NOCFA will be receiving the Bullex Fire Extinguisher Trainer and will be scheduling trainings. If your group is interested in learning to use a fire extinguisher call Lt. Barb Breen at 248-459-8317.
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