Fire Prevention and Education


The third graders from Chatham Elementary, Ball Elementary, and Glenwood Elementary come to the Fire Station each year during Fire Prevention Week for our Fire Safety Program that provides them with the tools necessary to "Get Out Alive".

The students view a Fire Safety Video that discusses fire safety and the need for home smoke detectors for early fire detection. Additionally, they are given a demonstration of the firefighters gear and provided a tour of the station and equipment. Lastly they are taken through the Fire Safety House to practice safe home exit drills and learn the importance of knowing how to leave their home in case of a fire.

To further reinforce the fire safety messages, we partner with the teachers of the elementary schools by providing them with educational materials to be used in the classromm that include fire safety pamphlets, burn information brochures, fire education oriented coloring books, stickers that reinforce and address fire safety, smoke detector usage, home exit drills, and much more.

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Safety House

Our Fire Safety House was completed in 1990. The Fire Safety House is a simulator designed to provide the children an opportunity to use what they have been taught about getting out of their homes alive. It has non-toxic smoke that is pumped into the hallways and the two bedrooms which provides a more realistic environment for the children to practice getting out under those conditions.

The Fire Safety House has been continuously utilized since it was built. It is not only used for our programs, but has been used by several Sangamon County fire departments and by the Children's Miracle Network.

Fire Extinguisher Training


Upon request, we provide training to local area businesses and their employees so that we can have some basic knowledge of fire behavior and fire extinguishment.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It is the law! As of January 1, 2008, every residence is required by Illinois law to have a Carbon Monoxide detector located within 15 feet of a bedroom. Carbon monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the nation, claiming approximately 300 lives a year. Because CO is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas, it can kill people before they realize its presence. It is recommended that you test them each month. Replace batteries every six months.


Exit Drills In The Home. A program designed to teach residents how to exit their homes in case of a fire. If the smoke alarm sounds, GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Never go back inside for people or pets.

>> MAKE a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.

>> KNOW at least two ways out of every room., if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.

>> HAVE an outside meeting place like a tree, or a light pole. A safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.

>> PRACTICE your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, at least twice a year.

>>PRACTICE using different ways out.

>> TEACH children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.

>>CLOSE doors behind you as you leave.

>>CALL the fire department from outside your home.

Department members are available to assist families in exit planning upon request.

Smoke Detectors

> Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

> It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

> Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

> There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.

> 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.

> People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.

> Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Juvenile Firesetters

Program is designed to assist children that have firesetting tendencies. Our Juvenile Interventionist are trained to interface with these children and their families. This program is an alternative to having a juvenile record upon completion of this course.

Remembering When

A fire prevention program offered and designed for the elderly citizens of the community. It provides information to assist in the prevention of slips and falls and fire prevention methods in the home. The program is designed to keep them living in their home, independently.