The list below was compiled by our Prevention and Safety team. It is intended to help families ensure that their home is safe.Exterior
Smoke/ Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Carbon Monoxide, a poisonous, colorless, odorless gas, is created from incompletely burned fuel and is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America.
They are the easiest, most cost-efficient way to alert your family of a developing fire. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%, and that’s important, because a home fire starts every 83 seconds! The faster you know about a fire, the faster you can start moving your family outside. Before you choose your smoke alarms, consider how many you need, where you should install them, when to replace them and what unique features different smoke alarms have.
Source: National Fire Protection Association – First Alert Home Fire Detection Facts
Burn Permits are available at any WVFD fire station during normal office hours. Permits are good for the duration of the calendar year. Call your closest fire station on the day that you plan to burn to check on the "Burn Status" for the day prior to burning.
Pursuant to the International Fire Code and A.R.S. 49-501, 13-1706, and [A.A.C. R18-2-602.D.3p] Burning shall be done only where other methods of residue disposal are impractical or unsatisfactory. Williamson Valley Fire District does not assume any responsibility or liability in the burning by issuance of this permit.
Snakes are part of the desert; there is no way to guarantee that you won’t encounter one if you live here. However, like most wildlife, snakes are not looking to harm humans and would prefer to be left alone. Northwest Fire District has some suggestions to help you avoid them:
If you do encounter a snake, back slowly and deliberately away from it. Alert others in the area, restrain pets and keep an eye on the location of the snake until it moves out of the area. No one without proper training should pick up a rattlesnake, even a dead one. Reflex bites are possible from a snake that has been dead several hours.
Many people expect AHB (Africanized Honey Bees) to be larger and very distinctive, but in fact they look nearly identical to the (EHB) honey bees we have long had in Arizona.Honey bees are about 3/4 inch long, brownish, and a little fuzzy. Their nests are normally hidden in cavities. Less fuzzy insects with bright yellow and black markings, or with grey paper nests are probably wasps, not bees. Larger bees are not honey bees. AHB can be distinguished from EHB by measurements under a microscope, and by analysis of their DNA. Beekeepers will continue to keep European honey bees in their hives (the familiar white boxes) so these are not a threat if well maintained. In fact, EHB provide the best defense against AHB, by providing competition, and genetic dilution since new AHB queens may mate with EHB males.
Africanized bee colonies are likely to be more common than European bees have been, and they swarm more frequently. They nest in places European bees did not, including small cavities near the ground like water meter boxes or overturned flower pots.
Africanized bees defend their colonies much more vigorously than do European bees. The colonies are easily disturbed (sometimes just by being nearby). When they do sting, many more bees may participate, so there is a danger of receiving more stings. This can make them life threatening, especially to people allergic to stings, or with limited capacity to escape(the young, old, and handicapped), and to confined livestock or pets. Once disturbed AHB will continue the attack for a long distance.
Most people will probably never see a colony of Africanized bees. However, the following things may reduce the impact these bees may have on you.
Bee Proofing: Look for cracks and holes in your house that might lead to wall voids or other cavities a colony could occupy. Screen or caulk these holes, or fill the cavity with insulation, and bees will not move in. Clean up debris (tires, pots) that might provide nesting sites on your property.
Be alert: Look before disturbing vegetation. Many bees coming and going from a single spot (not just many bees at flowers) may indicate a nest.
Get help: Contact trained and equipped personnel (see “bee removal” in the Yellow Pages) if you discover a honey bee colony. Don’t try to remove them alone. If bees are aggressive, call 911.
If stung: First, get away, run to shelter of a car or building, and stay there even if some bees come in with you (there are more outside). Do not jump in water (bees will still be in the area when you come up). Once safe, remove stings from your skin, it does not matter how you do it, as quickly as possible to reduce the amount of venom they inject. If you have any type of allergic reaction or difficulty breathing, contact 911 immediately.
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