Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company

Our Fire Prevention Program is geared for all ages. Whether we educate in house or come to you. Educating the public is one of our top priorities and we'll have fun doing it. If your organization is looking for a fun interactive way to educate a group. Contact us







For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms. NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.

Published on August 22, 2012

Fire extinguishers

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely.

Safety tips

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:  

- Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.

- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.  

- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.  

- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Facts about home heating fires 

- From 2008-2010, an average of 50,100 heating fires in residential buildings occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an                 annual  verage of approximately 150 deaths, 575 injuries and $326 million in property loss. 

- Heating was the second leading cause of all residential building fires following cooking. 

- Residential building 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 4-hour period accounted for 30 percent of all residential building heating fires. 

- Residential building heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point during the summer months from June to   


- Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners, accounted for 87 percent of residential building heating fires.    

- Thirty percent of the non-confined residential building heating fires occurred because the heat source was too close to things that can


.Source: Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010)

The threat of winter fires is real.

 - 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

Don’t play with fire

Playing with fire causes many unnecessary emergencies, and hurts and kills many people. It is also a leading cause of forest fires.

Firefighters Are Your Friends

One of the most critical jobs of a firefighter is search and rescue. For young children, it is important that firefighters are seen as people they can follow and trust. A firefighter in bunker gear breathing with an air tank can be scary. One way a child can get used to or trust a firefighter is seeing a firefighter dress up step by step seeing that it is a person inside. Furthermore, being able to walk up and touch the firefighter can reassure the child that he or she is a real person.

Smoke detectors save lives

 Working smoke detectors reduce the chances of death in a fire by half.    Nearly 900 lives could be saved annually if every home had working smoke    detectors. Even just one smoke detector reduces the chances of death by almost half. Nearly half of all fire survivors remember hearing their smoke alarm. Deaths due to fire have decreased by half since the invention of the    smoke detector. Most deaths due to fire occur at night when people are sleeping.

The goal of fire prevention is to

educate the public to take precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires, and be educated about surviving them .It is a proactive method of reducing emergencies and the damage caused by them.