Duncanville Fire Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Fire Department is offering a Civil Service exam on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Individuals interested in a rewarding opportunity protecting lives and property with pride and tradition are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam.

The Duncanville Fire Department has great opportunities within its divisions: fire administration; fire prevention; fire suppression; advanced life support; and emergency management.

For an opportunity to work with the department, submit an interest card by end of business on September 29, to be eligible for the exam on October 7.

To fill out an interest card or learn more about the Duncanville Fire Department, click here.

2017 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

2017 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

The Texas Comptroller’s Office has issued a publication informing taxpayers that the emergency preparation supplies sales tax holiday for 2017 will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, and end at midnight on Monday, April 24.

During this period, certain emergency preparation supplies can be purchased tax free with no limit on the number of qualifying items that can be purchased, and no exemption certificate is required. Qualifying items include: (1) for a purchase price of less than $3,000, portable generators; (2) for a purchase price of less than $300, hurricane shutters and emergency ladders; (3) for a purchase price of less than $75, batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt, or 9 volt), first aid kits, fuel containers, ground anchor systems and tie-down kits, hatchets, axes, mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers, non-electric coolers and ice chests for food storage, non-electric can openers, portable self-powered light sources (flashlights), portable self-powered radios (including two-way and weather band radios), reusable and artificial ice products, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors, and tarps and other plastic sheeting.

However, the following do not qualify: batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles; camping stoves; camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood; extension ladders; step ladders; tents; repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies; and services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies.
Delivery, shipping, handling, and transportation charges are part of the sales price, and if the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable (e.g., if a rescue ladder is purchased for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, tax is due on $309 because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300). (Tax Publication 98-1017, Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, 03/2016).

Duncanville Residents to Benefit from Smoke Alarm Donation

The City of Duncanville was selected to receive a 200 smoke alarm donation by the Insurance Council Of Texas (ICT) through its We’re Out to Alarm Texas program.  Duncanville Firefighters  img_8993 img_8986installed smoke alarms and conducted a home inspection for possible fire hazards in a Duncanville home today. The donated smoke alarms will be installed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested Duncanville residents should contact the Duncanville Fire Department at 972-780-4920.

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT), through its We’re Out to Alarm Texas program, recently distributed almost 2,000 smoke alarms to fire departments in 23 Texas cities in anticipation of Fire Prevention Week.  Working with Texas fire fighters, ICT has placed approximately 16,000 smoke alarms into the homes of seniors and other citizens throughout the state over the past 12 years.

“ICT has been joined by other insurance organizations and First Alert to prevent needless tragedies from the lack of a smoke alarm,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas.  “Through the help of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, we have placed these smoke alarms in communities hardest hit by fire fatalities.” The Travelers Insurance Companies, State Farm, the Association of Fire and Casualty Companies of Texas (AFACT) and First Alert assisted ICT in making this effort possible.

The State Fire Marshal has supported the smoke alarm program since its inception.  “Simply put, smoke alarms save lives,” said State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy.  “The goal of this program remains preventing people from dying in fires because they couldn’t afford these lifesaving alarms.”

The Insurance Council of Texas is the largest state insurance trade association in the country consisting of approximately 500 property and casualty insurers writing business in Texas.  For more information click on www.insurancecouncil.org or http://www.facebook.com/insurancecounciloftexas.

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Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15th: Change Smoke Detector Batteries

This year’s Fire Prevention Week is designed to get Americans thinking about the age of their smoke alarms. Smoke alarms do age and become less effective over time. Your family, home and possessions deserve the best protection available and when that protection becomes obsolete or even aged to the point where it is offering little or no warning, it is time to replace it. The industry standard is a life expectancy of 10 years on smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms generally have a date of manufacture displayed by a small sticker attached to the underside of the base. If you cannot locate a date or cannot remember when the smoke alarm was installed, it is probably time to replace it. It is important to note the date of manufacture as the beginning of the 10 year period instead of the date of installation. The material used inside the alarm to detect smoke begins to break down and becomes less efficient over time. Changing the battery at least twice a year is extremely important. Keep in mind that fresh batteries do not increase the life span of the smoke alarm.

Today, a decent battery-powered, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm sells for around $25.00. Over a span of ten years the daily cost of a $25.00 smoke alarm is 0.006 cents a day (plus the cost of batteries)! Where else can you buy peace of mind for your family for literally fractions of pennies? Smoke alarms continue to be one of the best, low-cost investments for protection of your entire house.

Another reason to replace old smoke alarms is due to the changes in technology. Alarm manufactures are constantly upgrading their products. Some smoke alarms include lights, voice messages and overall better detection of smoke. Many smoke alarms are now sold with a 10 year battery as well, how easy is that? What a great way to remember when the alarm is due to be replaced.

For more information visit the NFPA website below:

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week

Check your smoke alarms when you change your clock! Daylight Saving Time ends November 6, 2016: turn clocks backward 1 hour.

Most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Install smoke alarms in all sleeping rooms, hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and each additional level of your home.

Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling 4″ from the wall; wall mounts should be 4-12″ from the ceiling. Do not install near draft areas (windows, vents).

 

Recall of Scooters/Hoverboards

Self-balancing scooters/hoverboards have been recalled by 10 firms due to fire hazard.  Per the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding”.   For more information on the recalls, please visit the CPSC website.

Off-duty Duncanville firefighters save man’s life while mowing yards

DMN firefighter article july 5 2016Dallas Morning News (7.5.16): Battalion Chief Robert Gideon called a client the day before he was scheduled to mow his lawn Wednesday for his part-time job. The 27-year Duncanville firefighter tried not to worry when the call went straight to voicemail, even though this particular client always answered his phone.

“But we were mowing at another house down the road and saw his car in the yard,” said Gideon, 50. “So we had some idea he was there.”

His suspicions were correct. The elderly client was there, but in no position to come to the door. Gideon and his lawn-mowing partner, Duncanville firefighter Robert Shaw, entered the home and found the elderly man semi-conscious, lying on the floor.

Paramedics later determined that he had probably been that way at least a couple of days. The two firefighters shouted his name and he eventually responded as Shaw called 911 and Gideon got on the phone with his own department.

“If they hadn’t followed through with their instincts and concern, there is no doubt in my mind that the elderly male would have laid there and died,” Duncanville EMS Chief Mike Ryan said.

Read article via Dallasnews.com

2016 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

2016 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

The Texas Comptroller’s Office has issued a publication informing taxpayers that the emergency preparation supplies sales tax holiday for 2016 will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and end at midnight on Monday, April 25.

During this period, certain emergency preparation supplies can be purchased tax free with no limit on the number of qualifying items that can be purchased, and no exemption certificate is required. Qualifying items include: (1) for a purchase price of less than $3,000, portable generators; (2) for a purchase price of less than $300, hurricane shutters and emergency ladders; (3) for a purchase price of less than $75, batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt, or 9 volt), first aid kits, fuel containers, ground anchor systems and tie-down kits, hatchets axes, mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers, nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage, non-electric can openers, portable self-powered light sources (flashlights), portable self-powered radios (including two-way and weather band radios), reusable and artificial ice products, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors, and tarps and other plastic sheeting.

However, the following do not qualify: batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles; camping stoves; camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood; extension ladders; step ladders; tents; repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies; and services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies.
Delivery, shipping, handling, and transportation charges are part of the sales price, and if the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable (e.g., if a rescue ladder is purchased for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, tax is due on $309 because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300). (Tax Publication 98-1017, Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, 03/01/2016).

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Winter Holiday Safety

Winter Holiday Safety

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

HOLIDAY DECORATING

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
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Before Heading Out or to Bed

Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

FACTS

  • Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles.
  • Nearly half of decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

Duncanville Fire Department
(972) 780-4920

 

Thanksgiving Safety

Thanksgiving Safety

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially at Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children–up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
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Did you know?

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations With recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.

Duncanville Fire Department
Fire Prevention Office
(972) 780-5049  |  (972) 780-5047