DSC_5802-Edit-EditToledo Fire & Rescue crews have had a busy five-day stretch since Friday, August 28, 2015. Our crews have responded to approximately 848 incidents which includes 14 structure fires during this five day period.

The fourteenth structure fire was this morning at 1702 Hinsdale where crews rescued three dogs from the unoccupied residence. Fortunately, one pet survived, the other two perished despite the efforts of our firefighters to resuscitate them on scene.

In light of these fires, it’s a good time to check your smoke alarms and prepare an escape plan. Working smoke alarms are your first line of defense in the event of a residential fire. Having an escape plan so that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire could be the difference whether or not everyone survives such an event. This is especially true for the children in your home who may try to hide from the smoke and flames in a home fire.

If you should need smoke alarms and are a resident of the city of Toledo, you may stop at any fire station and receive your smoke alarms at no cost. The only requirement other than being a resident is to complete a “Smoke Alarm Distribution Form” which can be found at http://www.toledofirerescue.com/assets/SmokeAlarmDistForm1.pdf.