The New Haven Fire Department's Community Risk Reduction Survey

Greetings and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help us get a better idea of how prepared and safe the Citizens of New Haven are. 
My name is John Alston.  As the new Fire Chief, I want to hear from you; with your participation in this survey, I can.  Please answer these important questions honestly and to the best of your abilities.  This survey is less than 10 minutes but the information resulting from it can save a life..

This survey is anonymous.  There is a section for you to add your name and contact information, at the end, but it is completely optional.  Your thoughts and comments are of great value to us.

Stay safe!
Yours in Public Safety, Education, Training and Response,
John Alston, Fire Chief
New Haven Fire Dept.

* 1. Is there a working smoke alarm inside your home?

* 2. Are your smoke alarms mounted high on walls or on ceilings well away from the path of steam from bathrooms and cooking vapors from the kitchen which can result in false for nuisance alarms?

* 3. Do you replace batteries regularly (at least once a year)?

* 4. Do you test your smoke alarms monthly?

* 5. Have you pushed the “Test” button to make sure everyone recognizes the sound?

* 6. If you or anyone else living with you are hearing and/or visually impaired, do you have smoke alarms with strobes and/or vibration signals?

* 7. Do you have a home escape plan?

* 8. Does everyone living in your home know how to escape first and then call from a safe location?

* 9. Do you practice Emergency Plans that include two ways out of every room?

* 10. Is everyone living in your home familiar with the emergency plan?

* 11. Do you have a designated meeting place, outside of your home, that everyone knows?

* 12. Do you practice the escape plan once a month and at varying times so the escape plan becomes second nature?

* 13. Have you practiced your escape plan when family members are sleeping to make sure each person awakes and is able to properly respond to the smoke alarm?

* 14. Have you practiced your plan crawling on hands and knees as though there were heat and smoke present?

* 15. Have you practiced your plan with the exit blocked to become familiar with using alternative exits?

* 16. Is there a flashlight with good batteries by each person’s bed?

* 17. Is there a whistle by each bed to warn others of a fire or to alert rescuers to that location?

* 18. Are your house and car keys near your bedside so they are easily accessible?

* 19. Do windows and doors open easily from the inside?

* 20. Do you keep escape routes clear at all times (of furniture, toys, storage, clutter)?

* 21. Have you provided escape ladders or other provisions from upstairs rooms?

* 22. Have you opened your escape ladders to test them and to practice using them?

* 23. Have you ensured that family members with special needs, such as small children and the ill or frail or those who can’t wake up at the alarm sound have a buddy to help them get out safely?

* 24. Are your address numbers at least 3 to 5 inches high, a contrasting color from the rest of the exterior and clearly visible from the street?

* 25. Do you have a single box containing all important papers (preferably fireproof)?

* 26. Have you catalogued and updated your household inventory for insurance claims?

* 27. Do you keep space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that will burn (newspapers, furniture, curtains, clothes, etc.)?

* 28. Are you using extension cords and  are the plugs in good condition?

* 29. Are you careful not to overload any electrical outlet, extension cord or power strip?

* 30. Do you frequently check wires and cords to make sure they are not damaged?

* 31. Are your bathroom and kitchen outlets protected by ground -fault circuit interrupters?

* 32. Are candles and oil lamps fully extinguished before leaving the room or before you go to sleep?

* 33. Are all candles in sturdy non-tip noncombustible candle holders?

* 34. Do you keep candles out of the reach of children and pets and have a rule that children may not have candles or incense in their rooms?

* 35. Do you keep matches and lighters high and out of the reach and sight of children; preferably in a locked cabinet?

* 36. Is there a fire extinguisher within easy access of the cooking area?

* 37. Do you know how to properly use a fire extinguisher?

* 38. Do you always keep things that can burn, such as dish towels, paper and plastic, at least 3 feet from the rangetop?

* 39. Do you always remain in the room while cooking?

* 40. Do you avoid any loose fitting clothing that could catch fire, while cooking?

* 41. Do you turn off and unplug appliances when they are not in use?

* 42. Are curling irons and hot rollers unplugged, immediately after every use?

* 43. Do you keep appliances and surrounding areas clean so that grease does not build up and catch fire?

* 44. Is every smoker committed to never smoke in bed?

* 45. Do you douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them into the trash?

* 46. Do you have large, deep, non-tip ashtrays for smokers?

* 47. Are newspapers, empty boxes, rags, paints, and gasoline cans stored in proper containers and away from heaters, outlets, or any other possible ignition sources?

* 48. Are gasoline cans, paint thinners or any other flammables  stored properly in locked sheds on the exterior?

* 49. Do you have chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves, boilers and central furnaces inspected by professionals once a year and cleaned regularly?

* 50. Is firewood stacked at least 10 feet from the house?

* 51. If you have a wood or coal fuel stove, is it properly installed and maintained?

* 52. If you have a fireplace is it fitted with approved doors or a screen?

* 53. Do you keep anything that will burn, well away from the fireplace?

* 54. Are all ashes and coals placed in a metal container away from the house?

* 55. Is the exterior of your home clear of all trash, dead grass, leaves, and other combustible materials?

* 56. Is your barbecue grill at least 8 feet from the house, trees, shrubs, and other things that will burn when cooking? (Never use a grill or a propane fryer on a wooden deck)

* 57. Did you know that kerosene space heaters are illegal in the City of New Haven?

* 58. What does the New Haven Fire Department do well???

* 59. What does the New Haven Fire Department need to improve on???

* 60. Overall, how would you rate the New Haven Fire Department???

* 61. Contact Information: (Optional)

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