Fire Prevention and Safety Resources
- Residential Knox Boxes are available for short-term use from the Fire Prevention Bureau on a first come first serve basis. Knox Boxes can be purchased through the Fire Division at a cost of approximately $200.
- The File of Life Program allows residents to keep vital information on hand for emergency responders. Forms can be picked up at the fire station located at:
390 S. Yearling Road
Whitehall, OH 43213
- Smoke detectors are available at the fire station on a limited availability basis.
- The Whitehall Senior Safety Council (WSSC) is a group of senior citizens who work with the Whitehall Police Crime Prevention Bureau and the Whitehall Fire Prevention Bureau to increase safety of our senior citizens. For more information, contact the Whitehall Senior Citizens, the Whitehall Police Division (WHPD), or the Whitehall Fire Division (WHFD).
- The Fire Division operates a Juvenile Fire Setter Program. This program counsels children who are involved with non-criminal fire setting or a dangerous curiosity to fire. Please call (614) 231-3627 for details.
- The Fire Prevention Bureau will conduct a home safety survey of any residence upon request.
- The Fire Prevention Bureau provides safety training to area businesses, including evacuation plans and fire extinguisher training.
- Members of the Fire Division attend many school functions throughout the year.
- For almost 30 years, the Fire Division in conjunction with the Police Division and many other city services has conducted Safety Town with kindergartners from both Whitehall City Schools as well as the Holy Spirit School.
- The Fire Division is instrumental in City’s annual fireworks display as well as the National Night Out event.
- And of course fire station tours are always available. Please call ahead to schedule large groups.
- Smoke Detectors: A smoke detector should be placed on each level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Smoke detectors should be placed at the highest ceiling level and at least 3 to 4 feet from any wall. Batteries should be changed every 6 months and detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
- Fire Extinguishers: Keep them in places that are most likely to have fires: kitchens, laundry rooms, mechanical rooms, etc. They may also be located near each exit. Remember that getting out of the house in the event of a fire is more important than extinguishing the fire alone.
- Exit Plans and Drills: All residents should plan and practice emergency escape drills. Always know two ways out.
- Closing Doors: Keeping doors closed can help prevent damage in the event of a fire. Sleeping with bedroom doors closed will give the occupants more time to escape should a fire occur.
- Combustible Storage: Never store combustibles within 3 feet of appliances such as furnaces, space heaters, and hot water heaters.
- Candle Safety: Use common sense with candles. Never leave burning candles unattended. Do not use candles near draperies or other combustibles.
- Tornado Safety: Plan and practice tornado safety drills. Seek shelter on the lowest level of your home in an interior room. Avoid windows and other types of glass that may get blown by the wind.
- Disaster Preparedness: Everyone who is able to care for themselves should be prepared to survive for 72 hours without assistance. Disaster planning and preparedness information can be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website.