It’s that time of the year again and the Anderson County Fire Department wants to make sure you have a fun but safe time also! Here are a few things to remember before heading to the lake:
Before you Leave:
On the Water:
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
All boats must have a US Coast Guard approved wearable type PFD for each person on board or being towed. Each PFD must be in good condition, readily available and the proper size for the intended wearer. In addition, boats 16 feet in length or longer must carry a Type IV throwable device. In South Carolina, any person under twelve years of age must wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD when on board a class “A” (less than 16 ft. long) boat.
One Coast Guard approved hand-held portable fire extinguisher must be aboard each boat less than 26 ft. if the boat is carrying passengers for hire or if the construction permits the entrapment of flammable vapors or if it has a permanently installed gas tank, including gas tanks that use any type of fastener that would hamper the immediate removal of the tank from the boat. Additional extinguishers are required in boats larger than 26 ft. Contact the SCDNR for complete regulations.
Navigation Lights must be on between official sunset and sunrise.
Flares are required for vessels in coastal waters.
All boats less than 39.4 feet must carry an efficient sound producing device. Every vessel from 39.4 to 65.6 feet must carry a whistle and a bell.
To see a full list of South Carolina Boating Laws please visit www.dnr.sc.gov for more information.
The National Fire Protection Association states that 90 percent of American homes are equipped with smoke alarms, but more than 50 percent are not in working condition. Working smoke alarms decrease your risks of dying in a fire by 50 percent. On average 3,000 Americans die each year of fire related injuries. In spite of smoke alarms’ affordability and availability, two-thirds of the people who lost their lives did not have working smoke alarms in their homes.
Children and seniors are at increased risk of dying in a home fire because of the lack of mobility, fear and confusion. Make sure children recognize the sound of the home’s smoke alarm and teach them to respond instinctively to its signal.
Smoke Alarm Placement
Smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. Smoke alarm should be place on each level of the home, one outside of each sleeping area, and one in each bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling or on the wall 6 to 12 inches from the ceiling. Along with the installation of smoke alarms, a family should sit down and discuss a fire escape plan and practice exit drills in the home. All smoke alarms should be tested monthly.
Fire Escape Plan
Identify two ways out of every room and practice the drill with the entire family. Be sure all family members understand the lifesaving practice of crawling below the dangerously thick smoke and intense heat of a fire. Teach children to, “never hide, go outside.” Once outside the family should gather at a designated meeting place and then call 911.
If you need smoke detectors for your home, stop by and see us at Anderson County Fire Headquarters at 210 McGee Road, Anderson SC, 29625 or give us a call at 864-260-4016
Also if you need help with developing a fire escape plan for your family stop by and see us or give us a call at 864-260-4016 and we would be happy to assist you.
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