Fire Prevention

Prevention and Education

Schertz Fire and Rescue is dedicated to the education of the citizens we serve and the prevention of fire. We feel a vital part of our mission is to educate the children in the area, and that through this education we can prevent future fires, and/ or loss of life.

 

We present classes to local school children and offer station tours for various civic groups.

 

Through a joint effort by the City of Schertz, Schertz Professional Fire Fighters Association, various area businesses, and the citizens of Schertz we have built a fire safety house to promote safety, not just in fires, but in all emergencies. . This house is available to not only our city but also cities in the surrounding area. The house is a 32’x 8’ trailer which will be transported to schools, and area events to promote safety education.

 

Prevention Division is currently using the following codes, along with applicable city ordinances:
2012 Edition – International Fire Code
2012 Edition – International Building Code
2015 Edition – NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code)

 

 

10 Simple Steps to Protect Your Home from Wildland Fire

Wildfire can strike home if you have not taken some steps to protect your house and property.
The actions and precautions listed below are designed to help you prepare your home and
lessen the threat of wildland fire damage to you and your property.

  1. LPG tanks should be far enough away from buildings for valves to be shut off in case of fire. Keep area around the tank clear of flammable vegetation.
  2. Store gasoline in an approved safety can away from occupied buildings.
  3. All combustibles such as firewood, wooden picnic tables, boats, stacked lumber, etc. should be kept away from structures.
  4. Clear roof surfaces and gutters regularly to avoid build-up of flammable materials such as leaves and other debris.
  5. Remove branches from trees to a height of 15 feet or more.
  6. In rural areas, clear a fuel break of at least 3 times the fuel length around all structures.
  7. Have fire tools handy such as: ladder long enough to reach your roof, shovel, rake, and a bucket or two for water.
  8. Place connected garden hoses at all sides of your home for emergency use.
  9. Assure that you and your family know all emergency exits from your home.
  10. Assure that you and your family know all emergency exits from your neighborhood.

A few things you should be aware of during these dry, warm periods…

  • Know if there is or is not a burning ban in place for your town, city, or county.
  • If you burn, clear a large area on the ground of any combustible material, such as grass, leaves, and scrap wood, burn only what you want to burn.
  • Do not leave your burn pile unattended and have a hose at the ready

 

 

 

Fire Safety Tips

In the event of a fire, remember time is the biggest enemy and every second counts!

 

Escape first, then call for help. Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside. Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room. Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed. Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered. Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.

 

Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.