You can easily avoid electrical hazards in your home by following these easy tips:  

Electric Cords & Outlets

  • Place electrical cords out of the flow of traffic to avoid tripping.
  • Replace damaged or frayed cords to avoid fire hazards.  
  • Be sure that your electrical outlets and switches have cover plates to avoid being shocked by exposed wires.

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Do you have these safety items in your home?

Working smoke detectors on all levels and outside sleeping areas (each story or wing basement, etc. Have you tested the detector in the last month?  Changed the batteries within the last year?

ABC fire extinguisher in the kitchen and/or workshop.

Emergency exit plan, with two ways out from each room and a meeting place outdoors.

 

 

CPR/AED/FIRST AID

CPR classes are offered as needed.

If you would like to sign up for a class
please call us at 847-634-2512.

Your information will be forwarded to an instructor who
will coordinate class schedules.



 

Teach Your Kids to Call 911

Teaching kids to call 911 is similar to teaching adults. The basic tenets are the same: Know when to call, make sure the call-taker knows where you are located and don't hang up. Teaching kids to call 911 should start as soon as they can play with the phone.

1. Teach your child to call from the house phone -- not the cell phone. Once the call from a house phone is made, the child really doesn't need to say anything else to get help. Of course, the more detailed the information available to emergency crews, the better the response will be.

2. Tell your child not to hang up until told to do so. In most cases, 911 call-takers (operators) will keep kids on the line until responders arrive. Children want to know someone is there.

3. Kids have a tendency to munble when they're nervous. Stress the importance of being heard and understood. The recording equipment and computers make it difficult to hear at some 911 centers.

4. Make sure your child can say his or her first and last name to the call-taker. He or she will use the child's name repeatedly.

5. Your child should listen to the questions carefully, and ask the call-taker to repeat if necessary.

6. Stress to your child the absolute importance not to make things up. Kids may see the call-taker's questions as a sort of quiz, and feel they let someone down if they don't know the answer. That can lead to some creative answers. It's much better for them to just say they're not sure and move on the next question.

7. Have your child practice on an unplugged phone. They can dial 911 and you can be the call-taker. Ask them questions about the pretend incident. Do this kind of role-playing repeatedly. Kids like make-believe and repetition.

8. Teach your child when to call 911. Use basic concepts like when an adult can't wake up, any fire that happens without an adult, or an intruder in the home. Kids get the number down (it's only three digits after all), but they sometimes get confused with when to call. Don't be discouraged if your child can't explain the right situations to you. They often understand intuitively even when they can't explain it. Encourage them to trust their "gut" feelings, and if in doubt, to call.

9. The older the child gets, the more detailed discussions you can have about the appropriate use of 911. It's extremely important that kids not use 911 as a joke. In most jurisdictions, calling 911 for any reason other than an emergency is grounds for a citation and a fine.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION

TO BURN OR NOT TO BURN? THAT IS THE QUESTION...

General regulation of open burning:

Any burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fire hazards shall be prohibited.  When wind speed or direction carries smoke or embers towards complainant, the fire shall be required to be extinguished.
If the Fire District is called to the scene, the commanding officer at the scene is authorized to order the extinguishment of a fire which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation, or in violation of the adopted codes.

A person shall not cause or allow open burning within the Fire District unless such open burning is conducted under one of the following exceptions:

  • Open burning—no open burning with in village limits of Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills. In Riverwoods and Unincorporated areas of the District it is allow with restrictions. A phone call to the Fire District to inform us of your intention to burn is required, so we are aware of who and where burning is taking place. The Fire District has the right to deny burning, due to weather or other conditions. Only yard waste in small piles no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.  It must be attended at all times, with a water source available to extinguish fire.
  • Recreational fires/ fire pits—open fire pits shall be located a minimum of 25 feet from all structures and combustible materials. Only dry wood or fire logs shall be permitted to be burned. Must be attended at all times
  • Outdoor cooking— gas or charcoal grills shall not be placed or operated within 10 feet of any wood balcony, deck or structure except on detached one & two family dwellings

If your neighbors smoke is bothering you, please ask them to stop before calling us


LIFELINE PROGRAM

The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department’s LifeLine program instantly provides paramedics with essential personal/medical information when they arrive at a residence where an individual is unable to communicate with them and time is in short supply. The LifeLine information kit saves valuable time by providing an individual’s name, medications and emergency contacts. It is enclosed in a red Ziploc bag attached to the front of the refrigerator in the kitchen, and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods paramedics know where to look for it. A small red LifeLine sticker is placed at the home’s main entry point to alert fire or police personnel if they are ever called for an emergency. LifeLine also can be used for children in the care of a sitter.  If something were to happen to a child when the parents are away, the child’s vital information would be available. This potentially life-saving program has helped Lincolnshire-Riverwoods paramedics numerous times since its inception ten years ago.

To obtain a free LifeLine kit, please call 847-634-2512 to arrange for a paramedic to come to your home or the home of someone you feel should have one, to fill out the information form and place the LifeLine packet on the refrigerator.

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

For more information on Emergency Management and Disaster Preparation please click and follow the below link. Thank you.

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