Fire Chief Tim Butler

Fire Chief Tim Butler
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Saturday, October 15, 2011


Good Morning, Everyone!

We are half-way through Fire Prevention Month, and I hope you've taken a few minutes to "Protect Your Family from Fire!"

Ensuring that you have properly operating smoke alarms (detectors) and carbon monoxide detectors can dramatically reduce your family's risk of being injured or killed, speed up detection of the fire, and generate a faster response time from the Fire Department (resulting in significantly less property damage).

Research has shown that a properly operating smoke alarm can cut your risk of dying in a home fire by more than 50%! (When combined with automatic fire sprinkler systems, that risk is cut by more than 80%)! Yet sadly, the majority of smoke alarms don't work due to old or missing batteries or because the detectors are obsolete. Simple steps to Protect Your Family from Fire include: testing detectors monthly, changing your batteries once per year, and replacing detectors every 10 years.

It's important that our non-English speaking residents receive and understand these life-saving tips, and now there's a way to get this information to them. Twin Cities Public Television (TPT-TV, Channel 2) is broadcasting information about carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms in multiple languages. Here's the broadcast times/dates/languages:

* Sunday, October 16 at 7:00 PM in Hmong, 7:20 PM in Karen, and 7:40 PM in Somali

* Sunday, October 23 at 7:00 PM in Vietnamese, 7:20 PM in Lao, and 7:40 PM in Khmer

* Sunday, October 30 at 7:00 PM in Spanish and at 7:30 PM in English

Please pass this information and scheduling along to others. Having neighbors, co-workers, family, and friends who know this basic information goes a long ways towards strengthening our community, and making our apartment buildings and neighborhoods a safer place to live.

Thank you for investing your time this month to Protect Your Family from Fire, and if you have questions on how I can assist you in that work, please let me know, or call the Saint Paul Fire Department at 651-224-7811.

Tim Butler
Saint Paul Fire Chief

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