News Headlines
Fri. Sep 11th 2020
Members of the department gathered today with local leaders and members of the community to remember and reflect on the tragic events of 9/11. While it is hard to fathom the worst attack on American s...
Tue. Sep 1st 2020
A few photos from Retired Firefighter Albert Ash's Memorial Service. Ladder companies from West Reading Fire Company and Blandon Fire Company set up an arch for the funeral procession. Photos by T...
Tue. Sep 1st 2020
Congratulations to Firefighter Steven Johnson on his retirement after 40 years of service to the City of Reading. Following in his father's footsteps a young Steven Johnson joined Explorer Post 29...
Tue. Sep 1st 2020
ORDER#NameCurrent PositionNew PositionEffective Date2020-18Nathan MoyerMedic 1 "D"Medic 3 "Driver"8.12.20202020-19Daniel WasselMedic 2 Driver "A"Jumper "A"8.18....
Wed. Aug 26th 2020
Our condolences to the family of Alber Ash Sr. on his recent passing. Al retired from Engine 9 in December of 1993. ViewingMonday, August 31st 6 pm to 9 pmBean Funeral Home, 1605 Rockland Street Fun...
Fire & Burn Prevention

Fire and burn prevention checklist

Most burn injuries happen in the home. This checklist will help you evaluate your home environment and develop good burn safety habits.


Do you:

  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting long sleeves when cooking?
  • Know what to do if your clothing should catch fire? --Stop - Drop - Cover - Roll
  • Have good lighting in the kitchen and work areas?
  • Always keep pot handles turned inward?
  • Keep a large lid within reach when frying to extinguish grease fires?
  • Use large potholders or oven mitts?
  • Avoid leaving food to cook unattended?


Do you:

  • Dry your hands before using electrical appliances?
  • Use electrical appliances on dry surfaces away from water?
  • Unplug appliances when not in use?
  • Check lamp and appliance cords for fraying and/or brittle insulation? Replace worn cords.
  • Avoid overloading outlets?
  • Use extension cords only for temporary connections?


Do you:

  • Use caution with smoking materials?
  • Avoid smoking when in bed, tired, ill, or when consuming alcohol,
    or medication that makes you drowsy?
  • Use large, safe ashtrays with islands?
  • Have safe ashtrays in all smoking areas?
  • Have smoke detectors in rooms frequently used by smokers?
  • Empty ashtrays into a metal container?
  • Check areas where people smoke for live cigarettes or ashes?


Do you:

  • Keep fire escape routes free of clutter?
  • Store matches and lighters out of the reach of children?
  • Store combustibles/flammable materials such as paint thinner and solvents
    in original, tightly-closed containers, away from ignition sources?
  • Unplug all electrical tools when not in use?


Do you have

  • Emergency phone numbers and other pertinent information posted close to your telephone?
  • An emergency escape plan for your home - and practice it frequently?
  • If you live with others, does it include an outdoor meeting place?
  • Alternate routes for your escape, if the main routes are blocked?

    When you report a fire

    • Give your name and telephone number.
    • Identify the problem - fire, number of people trapped, etc.
    • Provide address and location - including house number, street name and municipality


Have you installed smoke detectors:

  • On each level of your house?
  • On the ceiling just outside your bedroom door?
  • In rooms frequently used by smokers?

    Do you:

    • Test battery-operated smoke detectors every month?
    • Change smoke detector batteries each year?


information provided by The Burn Foundation

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