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Fire Prevention

Prevention \pri-ˈven(t)-shən\
The act of keeping something from occurring; effectual hindrance.

The Wales Genesee Fire Department is committed to to engaging in fire prevention activities that make the Town of Genesee and the Village of Wales a friendly and safe community in which to live, work and play. We also believe that fire prevention is a shared responsibility with the community and we strive to actively encourage citizens, community groups, and local businesses to join our prevention efforts.

Fire prevention is, first and foremost, about stopping fires from occurring. However, included in that term is the prevention of explosions, accidental release of hazardous materials, and other conditions hazardous to life. property, or public welfare.


The Wales Genesee Fire Department Fire Prevention Program consists of three major components; Education, Engineering and Enforcement. Together these three components are known as the “Three E’s” of fire prevention.

Education

Members of the Department provide numerous educational programs and special events to a variety of audiences throughout the year. For example, young children benefit from learning the difference between “good” and “bad” fires, learning to crawl low in smoke, and practicing “stop, drop, and roll”. We help educate adults of all ages about the need for developing home exit plans and conducting home exit drills, the proper placement and maintenance of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and the use of portable fire extinquishers. Importantly, we interject education into our fire inspection program by taking the time to explain why a particular violation is hazardous and how it can be corrected. We believe that business owners and employees who have been educated about the “whys” of fire safety will be more vigilant about maintaining a fire safe place of business year around.

Engineering

The Wales Genesee Fire Department conducts plan reviews of proposed construction projects, building remodels, and developments projects in the Town of Genesee and Village of Wales, including the review of fire and life safety systems and their intended use. Field inspections are conducted to ensure that newly-constructed buildings meet the latest local and state building and fire codes and that fire and life safety systems have been properly installed.

Enforcement

One of the goals of the Wales Genesee Fire Department is to inspect all businesses, apartment buildings and other occupancies within the Town and Village. Members of the Department inspect existing businesses and properties for fire code violations and educate owners, managers, and employees about the safe handling, use, and proper storage of hazardous materials.

Facts about home heating fires

    • From 2010-2012, an average of 45,200 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an annual average of approximately 155 deaths, 625 injuries and $351 million in property loss.
    • Heating was the second leading cause of home fires following cooking.
    • Home heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This four-hour period accounted for 30 percent of all home heating fires.
    • Home heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point during the summer months from June to August.
    • Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners, accounted for 84 percent of home heating fires.
    • Twenty-nine percent of the nonconfined home heating fires occurred because the heat source was too close to things that can burn.

Winter Fires

The threat of winter fires is real. Use these statistics to help citizens understand the severity and prevalence of winter fires.
  • 905 people die in winter home fires each year.
  • $2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires.
  • 67 percent of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • 5 to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.

Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System 2009-2011