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Pratt and Foundation Awarded Grant

Released: January 24, 2011

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment awarded a Fire Injury Prevention grant to the Pratt Health Foundation and the Pratt Fire Department. The Pratt Fire Department will be working with the Foundation to install Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO 2) detectors in the homes of low income families with children under 5, seniors over the age of 65 and the homes of the disabled.

In the homes with children under 5 there is also a provision to replace battery enabled smoke alarms that are over 5 years old. The grant provides for the installation of 100 smoke detectors and 35 CO 2 detectors for eligible homes. The program also encourages fire and CO2 safety education.

The number of fire related injuries in Pratt County has been reduced by City and County Fire Department and Pratt Health Department programs similar to the current KDHE grant program. The current grant will further enhance local efforts to keep the injuries related to fire low and provide safe environments for children, seniors and the disabled.

It is important to develop a few response plans to either alarm. First, it is very important to develop and practice a home escape plan. Secondly, when your alarm goes off you may only have a minute or two to escape so evacuate as fast as you can. Third, if you have a fire you should keep low, below the smoke and heat while you make your way out. Fourth, it is important to have everyone in the household meet at an agreed upon meeting place. And last, use a neighbors phone to call the Fire Department.

If you are a low income family with children under 5, a senior over the age of 65 or a disabled person, you are eligible to receive free alarms and detectors. The Pratt City Fire Department will even install the alarms free of charge on an appointment basis and teach you how to use them. To make an appointment for your detector/s installation please contact the Pratt Health Department at (672-4135) or the Pratt Health Foundation (672-6411). The detectors are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Here are some specific fire preventative ideas to keep in mind. The fire preventation points for the kitchen include:

  • Cover pans on the stove when a fire erupts (baking soda or a fire extinguisher work too)
  • Avoid loose clothing and long sleeves when cooking
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove when cooking
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking
  • Do not use water, salt or baking powder on a flame

Key fire prevention points for smoking include:

  • Don’t smoke when you are sleepy
  • Don’t smoke in bed
  • Don’t smoke on the couch
  • Don’t empty ask trays until the ashes have cooled

Key fire prevention points regarding matches and lighters include:

  • Teach children to tell a grown up if they find matches, lighters or see someone playing with matches or lighters
  • Avoid buying lighters that look like toys

Key fire prevention points for candles and space heater issues include:

  • Never leave a room where a candle is burning
  • Keep candles and space heaters away from curtains, furniture, blankets, clothes
  • Don’t light candles under a shelf
  • Space heaters need space and a stable placement

The best first aid procedure for burns is to use lots of cool water (never ice water). Get medical help if a burn is large; involves the face, feet or hands; and/or is pink, blistery, charred or white.

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