- A home escape plan includes two exits from each room in your home (typically a door and a window). Make sure your exits are clear of clutter and windows can open easily. https://bit.ly/2WqI7R8
Firefighters recommend you install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, near stairwells and on each floor of your home. Make sure you mount them at least 12 inches from wall or corner when mounting on ceilings and at least four inches from the wall/ceiling line when mounting on walls.
Check your smoke alarms when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Press and hold – you should hear a loud beep if it is good.
Congratulations to the Magnet Cove Fire Department on receipt of their $1,300 Fire Prevention Grant. Good luck with your projects!
Chief Chris Gaines & Commission Member Rachel Nix
115 Years Ago Today…
A fire in the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois, kills more than 600 people on this day in 1903. It was the deadliest theater fire in U.S. history. Blocked fire exits and the lack of a fire-safety plan caused most of the deaths.
During the matinee performance of December 30, while a full house was watching Eddie Foy star in Mr. Bluebeard, 27 of the theater’s 30 exits were locked. In addition, stage manager Bill Carlton went out front to watch the show with the 2,000 patrons while the other stage hands left the theater and went out for a drink. It was a spotlight operator who first noticed that one of the calcium lights seemed to have sparked a fire backstage. The cluttered area was full of fire fuel–wooden stage props and oily rags.
As a result of this fire all commercial occupancies were required to have the “Panic Bars” so as to allow anyone the ability to press the bar and unlock the door for exiting.
Congratulations to the White Bluff / Rye Hill Vol. Fire Dept. on the award of their $4000 Fire Prevention Grant.
Shown are (L-R) ARFPC Secretary Ronnie Rogers,
Fire Chief Jim Almond and Fire Dept. Secretary Dale Seiter.
Cocoanut Grove Fire…
Anyone leaving a department store may have wondered why a central revolving door is often flanked by hinged doors on either side.
That’s one legacy of the Cocoanut Grove Fire, where so many died as they tried to exit the club’s single revolving door.
On this day in 1942, 492 people (which was 32 more than the building’s authorized capacity) lost their lives at the Cocoanut Grove restaurant/supper club (nightclubs did not officially exist in Boston).
In less than 15 minutes, 492 people were dead and another 166 injured, making the blaze the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.
The official cause of the fire is undetermined but is rumored to have been caused by a busboy lighting a match to reinstall a light bulb, igniting a fake palm tree.
Outside the Cocoanut Grove
Over the previous five years The Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission has awarded over 7,000 Smoke Detectors to numerous fire departments across this great state. With a sealed battery and ten year lifespan from the time they are installed, these detectors will continue to make an impact in the safety of the citizens of Arkansas. We would like to thank the numerous fire departments and their members who have installed these many detectors in homes across the state and applaud their commitment to the safety of the citizens they serve.