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Fire Prevention

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The East Niceville Fire District is dedicated to increasing safety, preventing and reducing fire losses and ensuring compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.

To that end, the ENFD's goal of safeguarding the community from fire and environmental hazards are achieved through programs which require adherence to fire regulations, public education and hazard mitigation.  This is accomplished by conducting inspections of buildings and facilities within the community, providing public education programs, examining development site plans and thoroughly investigating all suspicious/accidental fires and any unauthorized release of hazardous material products.

Other ENFD responsibilities include:

  • conducting fire safety inspections at  businesses, apartment buildings, schools, public assembly occupancy,  special events,  fire alarm installations.
  • conducting plan reviews
  • conducting inspections of new construction  and automatic fire protection systems
  • public education and safety awareness programs

The East Niceville Fire District provides fire prevention information and tips on safety in your home and your community and strives to fulfill its mission of mitigating or eliminating situations which endanger life, health or property.  For additional information on Fire Prevention activities, please call 678-2311.

Do You Know What To Do?

Do you know what to do if you are asleep and wake up and smell smoke?

  • First you roll out of bed and crawl on your hands and knees to your bedroom door. The reason that you crawl is so that your head is not up in the smoke where there are poisons that can make you unconscious or even kill you.
  • If your door is closed, you touch the door with the back of your hands. If the door is  HOT it means that there is fire on the other side. Don't open the door because the fire  will come in the room with you. Instead crawl to a window and escape that way. If you live on the second floor or higher, put your head out of the window and scream FIRE!!  until someone comes to help you.
  • If the door is not hot, then crawl out the front door and run to a neighbors house and wake them up so that they can help you.
  • Never hide from a fire in a closet or toy box or under the bed. If a fireman has to find you he won't be able to see you.
  • Once you get out of the house, STAY OUT. Never go back into a burning house , it can cost you your life.
  • Make sure that your family has a meeting place outside the house. It can be a tree in your yard or it can be a neighbors door. If everyone goes to the meeting place you can be sure that everybody got out of the house O.K.  If somebody is still in the house you can tell the firemen when they arrive.

Remember, never ever play with matches or gasoline you can HURT yourself or somebody in your family very badly.

Does Your Family Have an Escape Plan?

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  • Over 80% of fire deaths occur in the home and 70% of those fatalities occur at night.
  • Install smoke or heat detectors on every level of your home. Detectors save lives!
  • Make sure that your family has an escape plan in case of a FIRE in your house. You need to have two ways of exiting your house.
  • Have a meeting place to go to after you have escaped the fire. This will enable you to make sure that everyone is out of the fire safely.
  • If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove. Most house fires start in the kitchen. Don't leave pot handles turned so that a child can reach them. Children are burned or scalded every day from kitchen accidents.
  • Never overload extension cords. They are a major source of fire in the home.
  • Provide large ashtrays, the kind that won't tip over, for smokers.
Fire Prevention is everybody's business.