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Horry County Fire Rescue Wants You to Put a FREEZE on Winter Fires

Horry County, SC - - Did you know that home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season? Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January, and February. With cold weather in the forecast, and the upcoming winter season approaching, Horry County Fire Rescue would like to remind residents to follow these heating tips to help maintain a fire-safe home:

Space Heater

·      Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing, and curtains, at least 3 feet away from the heater.

·      Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.

·      Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

·      Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

·      Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.

Fireplace

·      Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out.

·      Do not burn paper in your fireplace.

·      Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.

·      Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 10 feet from your home.

Wood Stove

·      Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn.

·      Do not burn paper in your wood stove.

·      Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.

·      Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.

Furnace

·      Have your furnace inspected each year.

·      Keep anything that can burn away from the furnace.

Kitchen oven

·      Do not use a kitchen oven to heat the home. It is not designed to heat large areas, and the element may fail which could cause a fire.

Portable Generators

·      Portable generators are commonly used in the winter as a result of storm-induced power outages. Carbon monoxide fumes are odorless and deadly. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to prevent death from carbon monoxide.

·      Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, and vents.

·      Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

·      Do not use a generator in a wet area. This can cause shock or electrocution.

·      Connect appliances to the generator with heavy-duty extension cords.

·      Do not fuel your generator when it is running. Spilling gas on a hot engine can cause a fire.

Heating pads and electric blankets also pose a fire risk, especially if more than 10-years old. Do not place anything on top of either device when in use, this includes other blankets or pets. Never fold electric blankets or use while sleeping.

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas. You should test your smoke alarm each month. Also, lightly dust or vacuum your smoke alarm after each test. Smoke alarms should be completely replaced every 10-years. Your family should plan and practice a home escape plan during your monthly smoke alarm testing routine.

Lastly, if there is a fire emergency, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible and remain outdoors. Never return inside a burning building to retrieve an item.



Hurricane Florence Update: Horry County Fire Rescue Urges Citizens to Use Caution

Date: 11 September 2018

Time: 11 a.m.

 

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County Fire Rescue would like to remind citizens to utilize extra precautions before, during, and after Hurricane Florence. Here are a few tips:

 

  • Run generators outside and away from open windows or doors.
  • Only use generators if your home is properly wired with transfer switches.
  • Allow generators to cool down before refueling.
  • Never smoke around gasoline containers or during refueling.
  • Use battery operated lights whenever possible.
  • If you use candles, be sure to place them in a sturdy/fireproof candle holder.
  • Never leave candles unattended.
  • Only use gas or charcoal grills for cooking purposes and only use grills outside.
  • Be sure that grills are away from the home and/or any combustible surfaces.

 

In addition, HCFR would like to remind everyone to TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

 

  • Never walk in flood waters, only six inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet.
  • If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest point and call 911.
  • Never drive around barricades.
  • Never drive into moving or flood waters. Just 12-inches of moving water can sweep away a car or small SUV and just 18-inches can carry away larger vehicles.

 

After the storm, there may be power lines down throughout the county. If you see power lines downed, avoid the area and contact the utility company immediately. Remember, lines do not have to be arcing or sparking to be live. Any utility line, including telephone or cable lines, could be energized making them very dangerous, treat every line as if it is live (energized).

 

 

 

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Horry County Fire Rescue Tests New Deployment Model, Increases Paramedic Coverage

Conway, SC—Horry County Fire Rescue (HCFR) officials announce that the deployment model being tested in three fire/rescue districts has increased the paramedic coverage by an average of 83% across the three districts in the initial 19 days of the model.

The new deployment model is currently being tested in three stations: Station 18 (Stephens Crossroads), Station 7 (Lake Arrowhead), and Station 20 (Scipio).  In the first 19 days of the deployment model, those stations ran a combined 344 Emergency Medical calls for service.  Of those calls, 300 of the patients (87%), required basic life support (BLS) interventions, and 44 patients (13%) required advanced life support (ALS) interventions. Here are the immediate benefits:

1. This model has increased the availability of paramedics working in those three districts to respond to life threatening emergencies.

2. Paramedic availability and coverage in these three districts increased by an average of 83%. 

3. This model has decreased the amount of overtime required of our paramedics to work each day. 

The new deployment model assigns the paramedic at these stations to the fire apparatus, and the transport unit (ambulance) functions as a BLS unit. This Deployment Model Test has been approved by the HCFR Operational Medical Director, Dr. Thomas J. Martel, and is in full compliance with State EMS Regulation and Law. Each of these stations still has a full time paramedic responding to all ALS calls, just as they did under the previous model. The shift in apparatus assignment allows the ambulance to respond to, and make patient transports, in non-life threatening emergencies.  This allows the paramedic to remain available to respond to life-threatening emergencies.  

In these stations, both the fire apparatus and the ambulance respond to medical emergencies and fire emergencies.  For calls that require BLS interventions, only the ambulance responds, leaving the fire apparatus, with the paramedic, available to respond to life threatening emergencies.  

Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Tanner says, “We are always looking for ways to improve service delivery to our citizens.  The department is encouraged by these initial results, and will continue to work hard for the citizens of Horry County to provide efficient services and excellent patient care.  As a result of these improvements, we have seen a significant boost to employee morale in these areas and we will continue to make adjustments that ensure our members are safe each and every shift.” 



Burn Ban Lifted for Horry County

MARCH 5, 2018, 4:30 PM - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Conway, South Carolina –After conferring with the Department of Forestry, and due to the change of weather conducive to an increased risk of wildland fires, Horry County Government has lifted an outdoor burning ban effective immediately for the unincorporated areas of Horry County.  We remind our citizens that where the burn ban is not in place, we ask their consideration and due diligence when actively involved in open burning.  Please consider burning after 4 p.m. and consider not burning on extremely windy days.

For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at 843-915-7066.




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