Fire Safety Awareness
American Heart Association adult CPR classes are taught by certified instructors on the first Wednesday of each month, year round. The class runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. There is a $20 charge for the class to cover the cost of materials. Please call the Fire Hall at 248-651-4470 for more information or to sign up.
Smoke Detector Awareness
It is important to install a smoke detector on every floor of your residence. It is also a good idea to place a detector in every bedroom. Remember that smoke travels up and out, so place detectors where the smoke will go first.
Test each detector once a month. A good rule of thumb for changing batteries is to change them when you change the clocks every spring and fall. New smoke detectors now come with ten-year batteries. The typical life of a smoke detector is about ten years, so replace any detector over ten years old.
Per the City Code, open burning is illegal in Rochester.
Vehicle Response Awareness
The Fire Department responds to emergency calls by the use of red lights and sirens. Sometimes, when we are responding to a call we are cleared or downgraded to a non-emergency status, and the lights and sirens will be turned off. In some cases, another fire engine, police unit, or ambulance has taken care of the situation or discovered that it isn't an emergency.
When you observe an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens activated, you must pull to the right, slow down, and yield the right-of-way. It is also helpful to turn on your hazard lights or right turn signal. If possible, make eye contact with the emergency vehicle driver.
Once the emergency vehicle has reached your vehicle, do not make any sudden movements. This is very important at intersections, as the driver may be navigating his or her way through many vehicles at once.