Fire Prevention

Fire Safety Tips

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Check smoke detectors once a month and change the batteries twice a year. Smoke detectors can detect both smoldering and burning fires. At least one smoke detector should be installed on every level of a structure and should be installed in every bedroom. Purchase smoke detectors labeled by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL)


"Be Alarmed"-Smoke Alarm Installation Program

"Be Alarmed!" is a fire safety education and smoke alarm installation program administered cooperatively between the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM). The program distributes fire safety education materials and 10-year concealed battery smoke alarms to fire departments in the state of Illinois. The fire departments then deliver the education and install smoke alarms in at-risk homes within their communities while recording data for reporting purposes. Both the educational materials and smoke alarms are provided to fire departments at no cost as a result of funding from both the IFSA and OSFM.

If you are in need of a smoke detector and are a homeowner in the City of Moline you may call the Fire Department at (309) 524-2250 or complete an online smoke detector request form.  Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not allowed to enter your home to install the smoke detector(s); however we are able to provide contactless delivery of the detector(s) for you to install.

Post emergency numbers near telephones

Be aware that if a fire threatens your home, you should not place the call to emergency services from inside the home. It is better to get out and place the call to fire department from a safe location outside the home.

Home Escape Plan

Develop and practice a home fire drill so you'll be prepared in an emergency. Create a Home Escape Plan for you and your family to use.

Preventing Kitchen Fires

More than half of all house fires start in the kitchen. Adapting safe cooking practices, acting quickly during an actual emergency, and learning about general home fire safety can help you to become better prepared and to keep your family safe in the event that tragedy strikes.  Here are some tips for preventing or dealing with kitchen fires.

After a fire emergency

Seriously injured victims should be transported to a professional medical facility immediately. Stay out of the damaged building until fire officials advise it is safe.

Space Heaters Need Space

Keep portable and space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that may burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to sleep. Children and pets should always be kept away from them. Never use extension cords with space heaters. They should be plugged directly into an electrical outlet.

Smokers Need To Be Extra Careful

Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy. Discarded cigarettes are a leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.

Additional Tips

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