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In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Learn About Fires

  • Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

Before a Fire

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.

Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan.  Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Smoke Alarms

A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

  • Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
  • Test batteries monthly.
  • Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.

Smoke Alarm Safety for People with Access or Functional Needs

  • Audible alarms for visually impaired people should pause with a small window of silence between each successive cycle so that they can listen to instructions or voices of others.
  • Smoke alarms with a vibrating pad or flashing light are available for the hearing impaired. Contact your local fire department for information about obtaining a flashing or vibrating smoke alarm.
  • Smoke alarms with a strobe light outside the home to catch the attention of neighbors, and emergency call systems for summoning help, are also available.

More Fire Safety Tips

  • Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.
  • Sleep with your door closed.
  • Contact your local fire department for information on training on the proper use and maintenance of fire extinguishers.
  • Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your residence.




January 16, 2018
New Mirai Variant Targets Billions Of ARC-Based Endpoints
Security experts are warning of a new Mirai variant targeting ARC processors, which could have an even bigger impact than the notorious malware on which it is based. RISC-based ARC processors are widely used in IoT and embedded systems and said to be shipped in over 1.5 billion products each year. The new threat — named Okiru, which is Japanese for “wake up” — was first spotted by MalwareMustDie researcher @unixfreaxjp and touted as the first ever malware developed for ARC systems. At the time of writing, 20/59 AV tools on VirusTotal detected the ELF malware threat. Despite comprising little more than 100,000 endpoints, it managed to take some of the internet’s biggest names offline after hitting service provider Dyn. There’s the potential to wreak even more havoc for businesses around the world if it can do the same to ARC-based endpoints.


January 16, 2018
Black Death Spread By Humans, Vindicating Rats
One of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Death, along with a string of plague outbreaks that occurred during the 14th to 19th centuries, was spread by human fleas and body lice, a new study suggests.  It was previously suggested that rodents, whose fleas can also transmit the bacteria behind the plague, were the main culprits behind Europe's second pandemic of the disease that saw a string of outbreaks occur in succession.  To understand the historic outbreak, scientists from the University of Oslo modeled the three transmission routes for the disease -- rats, airborne and human fleas and lice --.  "This study uses mathematical modeling to try and determine how exactly the plague spread in Europe during the pandemic known as the 'Black Death'," said Raina MacIntyre, professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the University of New South Wales in Australia, who was not involved in the study.  "Most naturally occurring plague is bubonic (affecting the lymph nodes, rather than the lung).


January 15, 2018 
Why Milennials Are Heading For A Wilder Tech City
In the summer of 2006, Timbo Drayson packed his bags and waved goodbye to Oxford University for a job at Google. He started in London, working on a fast-growing video product that eventually took him to the US. But by 2013 Drayson had quit and flown half way across the globe for Kenya’s capital. What happened?  Nairobi has the most developed tech scene in East Africa rivalling hubs like Cape Town, Lagos and Cairo. This made it a smart, strategic choice for an entrepreneur like Drayson. Within a year, the Brit had co-founded OkHi, a company working to provide every person in Kenya with an address.  “We expect to see big things in the agritech space [in 2018 and beyond], it’s an optimistic time. We’ll keep making a concerted effort to bring people together and to make expats feel welcome. We Kenyans are just loving people!”


January 15, 2018
Illinois' Higher Education Leaders At Odds Over Proposed Budget
Seeking state money for higher education in Illinois used to be somewhat routine.  Colleges, universities and education agencies sent wish lists to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, whose members crunched the numbers and presented them to state legislators. Lawmakers, in turn, provided the funds — usually a sizable chunk of income for the state’s public institutions.  Some board members supported the presidents’ demand to seek more state dollars while others, including Chairman Tom Cross, feared pressing legislators for more money out of a depleted government may seem tone-deaf and could backfire.  “I think this board needs to maintain its credibility and you lose it if you’re not cognizant of the financial situation of the state of Illinois,” Cross said at the meeting. “We can advocate for universities and also be responsible in your ask.” The board will convene a special meeting over the next two to three weeks to revisit the budget issue, Cross said. The two sides diverge on strategy and may not concur with the final numbers but both presidents and board members share the same clear goal: avoid another budget crisis at all costs.


 January 15, 2018
O'Hare Measles Patient May Have Exposed Other Passengers
A passenger who arrived at O'Hare International Airport last week may have exposed other travelers to measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease. The Illinois Department of Public Health said anyone who was at the airport on Wednesday between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. may have been exposed. Travelers who were at the airport during that time and have not been vaccinated should see a doctor to be tested for the illness, IDPH said in a statement.  Treatment for measles includes bed rest, lots of fluids and medicine for fever and headache, IDPH said. Antibiotics do not help either to cure measles or to prevent it. There are no anti-viral drugs for treating measles.


January 16, 2018
1 Hurt During Incident In Amtrak Rail Yard At Union Station
A person was injured by a train in a non-public area of a large rail yard, officials said Tuesday.  About 8:30 a.m. emergency responders were called to the Amtrak rail yard at Union Station, near Canal Street between Jackson Boulevard and Adams Street, according to an Amtrak employee. There they located a person who needed medical help, according to Amtrak officials.   An Amtrak employee wouldn’t say whether the man was an employee of the company, but noted it happened in an area not open to the public.



January 27: World Holocaust Memorial Day
February 02: Groundhog Day
February 04: Super Bowl XLVIII
February 08: 2018 Winter Olympics Begin
February 09: 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies
February 25: 2018 Winter Olympics End
February 10 - 19: Chicago Auto Show
February 12: Lincoln's Birthday Day
February 13: Mardi Gras
February 14: Ash Wednesday
February 14: Valentine's Day
February 16: Chinese New Year
Febraury 19: Presidents' Day
February 20: Washington's Birthday


Cervical Health Awareness Month
Mentoring Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Bloold Donor Awareness Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Stalking Awareness Month
Thyroid Disease Awareness Month