Community Risk Reduction Programs
The Dangers of Fire
According to the United States Fire Administration, every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires. Over half of these deaths (52%) occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., when residents are typically sleeping. Smoke and toxic gases from a home fire are as deadly as heat and flames. Just 2 or 3 breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious. The majority of fire victims die or are injured from exposure to smoke and toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, not actual burns. In addition, smoke obscures vision, decreasing your ability to escape.
Smoke Alarms Installations
Smoke alarms save lives, prevent injuries, and minimize property damage by detecting fires early and alerting residents, allowing crucial time for you and your family to escape. The risk of dying from a fire in a home without working smoke alarms is twice as high as in a home that has working smoke alarms. Should you need assistance in obtaining, installing, or properly maintaining your smoke detectors, please call the Fire Department at 972-291-1011. Cedar Hill Fire Department offers Free Smoke Detectors to our citizens.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Homes should also have carbon monoxide alarms and the batteries should be changed during the same time. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas. Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning cause symptoms similar to those of the flu or a cold. Higher levels of poisoning lead to dizziness, mental confusion, and severe headache among other issues. Carbon monoxide alarms are designed to sound an alert before the exposure to carbon monoxide can present a hazard to a healthy adult. Experts recommend that every home with natural gas appliances or an attached garage should have at least 1 working carbon monoxide alarm.
Identify the Proper Fire Extinguisher
CITIZEN FIRE ACADEMY
This annual 10 week program allows adults who live and work or go to school in Cedar Hill to experience what it is like to be a firefighter.
CITIZEN FIRE ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Achieved it's 501C3 nonprofit status in 2018! The group is comprised of CFA graduates who meet monthly to plan volunteer efforts to assist with fire department activities. CFAAA members coordinate the fire department's annual "Save A Life with Smoke Alarms" program in partnership with the American Red Cross organization installing 80 smoke detectors. They also assist the fire department with assembling thanksgiving baskets for needy families along with volunteering at Country Day on the hill, the Cedar Hill ISD Back to School Rally, Mission Cedar Hill Christmas Toy Drive, City Block Party, Taste of Cedar Hill, City U, and CFA classes.