Spokane County Fire Protection District 5

Preventing Fires


Smoke Detectors




August 13, 2014 the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a Recall notice #14-255 indicating that certain UTC ESL and Interlogix branded series 400 and 500 smoke detectors may be affected by close range radio interference and be rendered nonfunctional.  Click on the link for info. Smoke Detector Recall and then click on Customer Service.






Place smoke detectors near bedrooms and on every floor.

Test the batteries monthly & replace them at least twice a year.


Place smoke detectors at least 4 to 6 inches away from corners.



Kitchen Fire Safety

Never leave cooking unattended

Keep lose fitting clothing away from burners.

Keep cooking area clean and free of grease build up.

Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire, such as paper towels, cereal boxes, and dish towels.

Remember to turn stove off and unplug small appliances before leaving your home.



Safe Smoking Habits

Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires in this country!

Never smoke in bed.

Keep ashtrays from upholstered furniture and curtains.

Never leave burning cigarettes unattended.

Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.



Alternative Heaters

Use heaters only in well ventilated areas.

Place heaters where they will not be knocked over easily.

Keep blankets, clothing, curtains, furniture and anything that could get hot and catch fire away from portable heaters.

Plug heaters directly into the wall socket and unplug them when they are not in use.



Wood Stoves And Fire Places

Always use a protective screen.

Clean interiors, hearths, and chimneys annually.

Never leave children unattended around any heating source!



Children And Fire Safety

Teach children that fire fighters are their friends, and will help them in a fire emergency.

Keep matches and lighters away from children.

Make sure children know how to call for emergency assistance.

Teach children how to " Stop, Drop and Roll" if their clothes catch on fire.


Fire Safety Websites

National Fire Protection Association

Firewise Communities