Fire Prevention

News about the Fire Prevention Bureau

Safety Guide

The Gurnee Fire Department offers a variety of public service announcements to provide you with information that could help you prevent or even survive a fire. Please read the following and share with your family.

Home Safety

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Fire Sprinkler Systems for the Home

Using quick response sprinklers and approved piping, homes can be built or even remodeled to include low-cost automatic sprinkler systems connected to the domestic water supply.

Sprinkler systems offer advantages to the homebuilder:

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Keep the Wreath Red

For more than 20 years, the Gurnee Fire Department has participated in the (local/national) "Keep the Wreath Red" program during the holiday season. As you drive past the fire stations during this time, please take note of the large wreath that will be prominently displayed in front of the buildings.

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After the Fire


 To aid you, we have compiled the following information which may be helpful.

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Deceptive Window Decals

The Gurnee Fire Rescue Department annually receives several calls from concerned citizens regarding the placement of decals on the windows of their children's bedrooms to alert firefighters to their location in the home in the event of a fire. While some other safety organizations in the United States and Canada sell these window decals, neither the Gurnee Fire Rescue Department, nor the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend their use for several reasons.

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Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

More than 77 million smoke alarms in America are outdated. That's 1 in 3! Fire safety experts strongly recommend that, to ensure safety, you replace your smoke alarms before they are 10 years old.  

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Fire Extinguishers

When used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by extinguishing a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives.

Although fire extinguishers are not always sufficient since they are not designed to fight a spreading fire, fire extinguishers can be useful under certain conditions. Fire extinguishers are rated according to the types of fire they are designed to fight:

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

More and more citizens are realizing the importance of installing quality CO detectors in their residences. While most fire departments will not endorse or recommend a CO detector, it's helpful to have a reliable source of information available when citizens seek our advice. An October 2001 Consumer Reports (CR) magazine contains information that citizens may find useful and can assist fire department officials as they answer citizen inquiries.

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Holiday Safety Tips

When holidays approach, everyone looks forward to special gatherings and celebrations with friends and loved ones. Homes will be decorated to enhance the atmosphere of the holidays, but it is important to keep in mind that while holiday decorations can be joyful, they can also be dangerous if improperly used, especially for children. Every year thousands of needless injuries and deaths are caused by decorations.

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Fireworks Safety

With the Fourth of July fast approaching this is a reminder that in Illinois, all fireworks are illegal unless authorized by local jurisdiction permits for supervised public displays. The term fireworks does not include sparklers, smoke devices, snake and glow worm pellets, trick noisemaker, and most forms of toy optols using plastic or paper caps. Even these seemingly harmless devices can be dangerous, misuse of them by children can create dangerous situations.

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