Fire Safety Tips

Control Burn Guidelines

  • No More than 10 MPH Winds
  • No Less than 40% Humidity
  • Brush needs to be at least 150 feet from a structure
  • No substance that would put off dark smoke
  • No household trash or waste
  • Report the control burn to Slaughterville Fire Department at 405-872-3000 or Cleveland County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 405-701-8916
  • Visit the National Weather Service website for full weather information.

ISO Rating

Information concerning the ISO rating for properties which are located in :
  • The Fire Department has obtained an ISO Class 7 rating based on a fire suppression delivery system.
  • Our Fire Department can supply water at a rate of 250 gallons per minute at 150 pounds per square inch for more than 2 hours through its water tank shuttle system, in place of hydrants.

Please Practice Fire Safety

Some helpful suggestions are to have at least one working smoke detector in our home, inspect and clean stove pipes and chimneys regularly, keep grass mowed short, and keep leaves and brush away from structures. “Fire-wise” information can be obtained at the Town Hall. Keep your family and property safe from unforeseen fire dangers. Town Ordinances and the EOA do not allow the burning of household trash.

Smoke Alarm Tips

Smoke alarms are an important part of fire safety, but they are only effective when working properly. Every home should be equipped with smoke alarms that are installed correctly and tested regularly. If you are a member of a fire/EMS department or Fire Corps team, consider using Fire Corps to conduct smoke alarm tests and installations in homes. If you are a community member, make sure that your smoke alarms are properly installed, connected, and working.

The right way to install smoke alarms:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure that there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area. New homes are required to have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and all smoke alarms must be interconnected.
  • Hard-wired smoke alarms operate on your household electrical current. They can be interconnected so that every alarm sounds regardless of the fire's location. This is an advantage in early warning, because it gives occupants extra time to escape if they are in one part of the home and a fire breaks out in another part. Alarms that are hard-wired should have battery backups in case of a power outage, and should be installed by a qualified electrician.
  • If you sleep with bedroom doors closed, have a qualified electrician install interconnected smoke alarms in each room so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • If you or someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, consider installing an alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration, and/or sound.
  • Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Ceiling-mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.
  • If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm near the ceiling's highest point.
  • Don't install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
  • Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
A life-saving test: check your smoke alarms regularly
  • Test your smoke alarms once a month, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm once a year, or as soon as the alarm "chirps" warning that the battery is low. Hint: schedule battery replacements for the same day you change your clocks from daylight savings time to standard time in the fall.
  • Never "borrow" a battery from a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms can't warn you of fire if their batteries are missing or have been disconnected.
  • Don't disable smoke alarms even temporarily. If your smoke alarm is sounding "nuisance alarms," try relocating it farther from kitchens or bathrooms, where cooking fumes and steam can cause the alarm to sound.
  • Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarms, following the manufacturer's instructions, can keep them working properly.
  • Smoke alarms don't last forever. Replace yours once every 10 years. If you can't remember how old the alarm is, then it's probably time for a new one.
  • Consider installing smoke alarms with "long-life" (10-year) batteries.
  • Plan regular fire drills to ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Hold a drill at night to make sure that sleeping family members awaken at the sound of the alarm. Some studies have shown that some children may not awaken to the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Know what your child will do before a fire occurs.
  • If you are building a new home or remodeling your existing home, consider installing an automatic home fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82% relative to having neither – a savings of thousands of lives a year.
Reproduced from National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week Website. ©2006 NFPA