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Representatives from US Ecology recently donated $1,500 to the Taylor Fire Department.
The donation was made during the November 20 City Council meeting, as members of the US Ecology staff met with Deputy Chief Stan Pochron. The donation will be used to purchase smoke detectors and to support other TFD needs.
US Ecology, located on Northline Road, continues to be the industry leader in industrial cleaning, emergency response and environmental remediation services. The industrial services at this location include: vacuum, water blasting and transportation services; sewer/storm drain cleaning and maintenance; road sweeping and dust clean-up; and confined space entry. The facility also consists of a 24/7 emergency response group, adding depth to our emergency response program. It employs 131.
Deputy Chief Pochron pointed out that residents should remember that the fire department provides smoke detectors to residents free of charge.
For many years nationwide firefighting experts have required as a minimum that smoke alarms be installed inside every sleep room in addition to requiring them outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Additional smoke alarms are required for larger homes.
Every year in the United States, about 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat. That's one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns.
A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. This often allows a family the precious, but limited, time needed to escape.
About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce by almost half the risk of dying from a fire in your home.