Depending on your occupancy classification, fire drills are conducted anywhere from monthly to annually. Practicing your evacuation plan is essential for knowing what to do and where to go in the event of a real emergency. Before you start, make sure you have a plan and everyone knows about the plan. Your plan should start with having 2 ways out of every room. It should also include the location of fire safety devices, such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and manual pull stations. Finally, an established meeting place is required so everyone can be accounted for.Every facility should practice an evacuation/fire drill at least annually. This can be conducted in a variety of ways. For home owners, activate your “test” button on your smoke detector. Not only do you and your family get to practice your plan, but you can ensure your detectors are working properly.Units and Companies can conduct drills with the use of a whistle, canned air horn or other loud sounding devices. DO NOT ACTIVATE ANY FIRE ALARM SYSTEM without approval from our office! Fire drills can be arraigned to utilize the fire alarm system by contacting our office. To schedule a fire drill call (910) 432-6727.
Smoke detectors play a vital role in saving your life in the event of a fire, but are useless if they are not operating properly. Every year, over half the deaths that occur from home fires are due to inoperable smoke detectors. Either the battery is bad, removed or the entire detector had been disabled from nuisance alarms. The most important time they are needed is during the hours when you and your family are sleeping. If a fire occurs while you are sleeping, the CO produced from the smoke puts you into a deeper sleep and eventually death. The detector is there to wake you up in the early stages of a fire and provide enough time to escape the area.
For peace of mind, check your smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly. Press the “Test” button until the detector beeps. If it does not, either the battery is bad or the detector is faulty. If you live in Military Family Housing, contact Corvais Housing Maintenance immediately. If you reside off-post, there are several options; 1) If your system is part of you security system, contact your security company for guidance, 2) Contact an electrician if they are hardwired into your residence, or 3) replace the battery or entire unit your self.
In newer homes, smoke detectors are required to be hardwired into a power source, with back-up power supply. One detector will be located on every story, in the hallway near bedrooms and in each bedroom.
Older homes may have only one detector located in the hallway, outside the bedrooms. It could also have just a battery for its power source.
Smoke detectors should be replaced after 10 years. The sensitivity level decreases after that time and they are either not as effective or may start producing more nuisance alarms.
The non-emergency phone number to open or close a hot work permit is (910) 907-4813. All hot work operations being performed on Fort Bragg shall be in accordance with NFPA 51B. If you are request an Annual Hot work Permit, Please contact the Fire Prevention office at (910) 432-6727 / 6729.