Randolph Township Fire
Ironia Fire Company #4

Fire Prevention


"Fire prevention is the most important aspect of firefighting. Our aim is not only to serve the community in a time of crisis, but rather, to prevent a crisis from happening in the first place. Our aim is not only to educate the general adult population but children as well. We can make learning fire safety a fun and interactive experience."

            -Chief Scott Campbell (32-45)

Patches, the Randolph Fire Department Safety Mascot Promotes:


 Facts & Stats

  • 96% of homes have smoke detectors.
  • 46% of them DO NOT work! ( check the batteries monthly )
  • Every year thousands of children are injured or killed in home fires and 40% of them are under age 5 ( teach fire safety at home )
  • If you dial 911 from a cell phone you will get help ,but it could be delayed. Cell phones go to different towers it may take a minute or 2 to get to the town you are in. (use a land line when ever possible)
  • From December 24th through the 26th fire deaths, injuries, and dollar loss increase an average of 50% , 61% and 43% respectively!
  • Cooking is the number 1 cause of home fires!
  • Only 1/5 to 1/4 of households ( 23% ) have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan! Some facts and stats take time to put together and may be from a few years back! OVER ALL FOR 2007
  • Fire killed more Americans than all natural disasters combine!
  • There were 3430 civilians that lost their lives as the result of fire!
  • There were 17,675 civilians injured that occurred as the result of fire!
  • There were 118 firefighters killed while on duty! 84% of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences!
  • There were an estimated 1.6 million fires in 2007.
  • Direct property loss due to fire was estimated at $14.6 BILLION.
  •  In 2005 candle fires accounted for an estimated 4% of all reported home fire!
  • 38% of home candle fires started in the bedroom!
  • During 2005 estimated 15,600 home structure fires started by candles were report to local fire departments, resulting in 150 deaths, 1270 injuries and  $539million in property loss! 

History of Fire Prevention   

The great forest fire of October 8, 1871 was the worst recorded fires in North American history.  It raged through northeastern Wisconsin and upper Mi
chigan destroying millions of dollars worth of property and timberland and taking between 1200 to 2400 lives (Peshtigo Fire website). 

Although this fire did a lot more damage and the loss of life was much greater, the Chicago fire that happened the same day has become legendary.  Some still say that Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in the barn that started the fire.  This tragic conflagration killed some 300 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more then 17,000 structures and over 2000 acres in 27 hours!  The city of Chicago quickly rebuilt within a couple of years.  Residents began celebrating their successful restoration to memorialize the anniversary of the fire with festivities.  Intending to observe the fire anniversary with more serious commemoration the Fire Marshals Association of North America, the oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decided that the 40th anniversary of the great Chicago fire should be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.