The South Jordan Fire Department responds to a variety of calls for assistance every day. When responding to structure fires, our firefighters understand that fires today are burning hotter and faster than in the past due to modern building materials. According to the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), over the last 40 years the average time for a homeowner to escape from a house on fire has been reduced from seventeen minutes, to three minutes or less after the activation of smoke detectors.
Statistically, house fires occur more frequently between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Because of this, South Jordan Firefighters are recommending that everyone “Close before you doze”. A closed door provides a tremendous amount of protection for everyone inside the room in the event a fire occurs in the home. If a fire starts, closed doors help slow fire spread, reduce the amount of toxic smoke throughout the home, and provides additional time to get you and your family out of the house. A fire inside a house can quickly grow to more than 1000 degrees F°. By closing the door, the temperature inside of a room without fire, can be significantly reduced to just 100 degrees F°. This temperature reduction saves lives and drastically reduces how far a fire can spread inside a structure. A closed door can also provide an effective barrier against potentially deadly carbon monoxide and other toxic gases found in smoke.
It is also important to take some time to check that your home has working smoke detectors in every bedroom and on every level of the home. Ideally these detectors should be connected to one another, so that when one detector alarms, they all will sound, providing the earliest possible warning of a fire. Families should also work to develop a home fire escape plan that every member of the family is familiar with. An effective fire escape plan ensures that everyone in the home knows at least two ways out of each room and provides for a central meeting place outside of the home to make sure that everyone is safely out, which is critical information for our firefighters.
October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week
The South Jordan Fire Department has a variety of activities planned during the week of October 6th for Fire Prevention Week, including school and station tours.
To schedule a station tour or for more information please visit our website at www.sjc.utah.gov and click on the Fire Department link under “Resident Resources” or call (801) 254-0948.