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The Mundelein Fire Department is asking for your partnership in our Adopt-A-Hydrant
program by adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business and keeping it free of
snow during the winter and free of weeds and shrubbery in the summer.
In the event of a fire it is imperative that the Fire Department gain access to a water supply
via a fire hydrant as quickly as possible so that fire can be extinguished and prevent loss of
property and/or life. You can help the Mundelein Fire Department in this quest by adopting a
hydrant and making sure that it is easily accessible throughout the year.
We ask that you shovel the area around your adopted fire hydrant after each snowfall. Clear a
path approximately three feet around the hydrant as well a clear path from the street or
roadway up to the fire hydrant so that the hydrant is visible and accessible. During the
summer months it is also important to make sure that the same three foot path around your
adopted hydrant is free of weeds, shrubbery, flowerbeds, etc.
Please consider clearing snow from a fire hydrant for your neighbors who may have medical
conditions, disabilities, or those who are elderly that may be unable to do so themselves. This
act of kindness will benefit the entire neighborhood. Your participation in this program and
maintenance of the area around your adopted hydrant saves time in the Fire Departments
incident response, and time is very valuable.
If you notice that a fire hydrant has been damaged, missing caps, leaking water, or if it is
blocked please notify the Mundelein Fire Department by calling 847-949-3260 or Mundelein
Water Department by calling 847-949-3273. Please register, find additional information, as
well as refer your questions or comments.
To Adopt-A-Hydrant click here to fill out a Form and email it back to us!
Fall is here with temperatures dropping many people will use fireplaces, wood burning stoves,
and fuel-fired appliances such as pellet stoves to help heat their homes.
Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires every year. Often these fires are due to
creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular
maintenance to function safely and efficiently.
The Mundelein Fire Department encourages you to practice the following fire safety steps to
keep those home fires safely burning. Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility
...Fire Stops with You!
Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean
Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean
Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
Leave glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure
complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.
Close glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney opening from getting into the room.
Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh
screen helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.
Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.
Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces.
Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.
Use fire-resistant materials on walls around
Safely Burn Fuels
Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
Use only seasoned hardwood.
Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.
When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate.
Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them.
Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your
home and any other nearby buildings.
Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.
Protection of Your Home
Stack firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.
Keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.
Cover the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester.
Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas. Test them monthly
and change the batteries at least once a year. Consider installing the new long life smoke alarms.
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|Fireplace and Wood Burning Stove Safety
Between 2006-2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230
home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an
average of 4 deaths, 21 injuries, and $17.3 million in direct property damage
Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to
be serious. On average, one of every 66 reported fires that began with a
Christmas tree resulted in death.
A heat source too close to the Christmas tree started one of every five (18%)
of these fires.
Nineteen percent of home Christmas tree structure fires were intentionally set.
Nearly three-fourths (72%) of the intentionally set Christmas tree fires
occurred in the 15 days after Christmas and may have been related to disposal.
Video: This NFPA/UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry
Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.
|From the Mundelein Fire Department
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