Mayor Barrett Pedersen recently appointed long-time resident Bill Brehm to the post of Fire Chief. As Chief, he will work to enhance departmental training to continue to provide superior services to our community and to increase the physical levels of firefighters so they can safely perform their duties. “We say in the stations, ‘Everybody Goes Home’ meaning we all watch out for each other,” said Chief Brehm. “Our goal is that at that the end of every shift, every person goes home to their family. I want that to apply to the end of our career as well, where everyone goes home on their last day happy and healthy.”
We, the members of the Franklin Park Fire Department, are an organization of dedicated professionals who are committed to serving and protecting the lives and property of our community by providing the highest level service.
Cold Weather Tips
As temperatures drop this winter, the Fire Department offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.
1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
4. Check your Carbon Monoxide Detectors – with all of your appliances and furnaces running, double check that your carbon monoxide detectors are checking for this deadly gas that cannot be seen or smelled!
5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
10. Make Sure you have working SMOKE DETECTORS!!!