Fire & Life Safety Info


Welcome to the Riceville Volunteer Fire Department's Fire and Life safety page.

The Public Education Division of the Riceville Fire Department can be your source for the following: Fire Station Tours; Fire Truck Visits to your event; Safety Lectures for your group; Riceville Fire Safety Table at your event; Fire Safety and Healthy Living Training for your family, friends, neighbors; etc.
The good news is!!!

All of the above are FREE for the asking but, is based upon availability of the Public Education Officer and emergency apparatus.


You can find Recalls and Safety information on bottom of this page.


“Fires, like epidemics of disease or crime, can be stamped out successfully only through the collective will and action of society as a whole . . . Once every man, woman, and child realizes and accepts in daily life the responsibility for simple fire prevention measures, death, injury, and destruction by fire will be substantially reduced . . . The knowledge as to the causes of fires and how to prevent them and protect against them is available.”

Percy Bugbee, general manager NFPA 
President's Conference on Fire Prevention 
May 6-8, 1947


In 2011, there were 1,389,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires resulted in 3,005 civilian deaths, 17,500 civilian injuries, and $11.7 billion in property damage.

  • 484,500 were structure fires, causing 2,640 civilian deaths, 15,635 civilian injuries, and $9.7 billion in property damage.
  • 219,000 were vehicle fires, causing 300 civilian fire deaths, 1,190 civilian fire injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage.
  • 686,000 were outside and other fires, causing 65 civilian fire deaths, 675 civilian fire injuries, and $616 million in property damage.

The 2011 U.S. fire loss clock

  • A fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds.
  • One structure fire was reported every 65 seconds.
  • One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds
  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 30 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 55 minutes.
  • One outside fire was reported every 46 seconds.
  • One vehicle fire was reported every 144 seconds.



Links and Forms
Public Education    -    Healthy Living    -    Family Safety    -    Emergency Preparedness  

FamilyEmergencyPlan Family Emergency Plan                  Emergency Preparedness Kit

Concerned about brush, grass or forest fires where you live? Use this link to learn more 



More Links Coming Soon!!!



Safety Message

Spring is here! It's time to cleaning up from the long winter, making repairs around the home and enjoying the outdoors. Taking a few safety precautions will help make your spring experience much more enjoyable.


Inside the Home:

  • Check and clean your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check your fire extinguishers
  • Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords
  • Prepare for storm related outages (make sure flashlights and portable radios have batteries and other supplies, such as bottled water, non-perishable foods, and medical supplies are stocked and available)
  • Develop a Family Emergency Plan and practice exit drills with your family so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency. 
  • Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents


Outside and Around the Yard:

  • Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street
  • Clean up yard debris. Cut back dead limbs and grasses
  • Maintain a clear 'fire zone' of 10' around structures. Clean up leaves and debris and consider using stone or non-combustible mulches
  • Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances
  • Get your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage
  • Keep 100' of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use

For more Fire Safety Info click either of the links here: FEMA or NFPA





Recent Recalls and Links
1. Jerdon Style Recalls One-Cup Coffeemakers Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal
to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: February 27, 2013

Recall number: 13-127 

Name of product: One-cup Coffeemakers

Hazard: The coffeemaker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled coffee
makers and contact Jerdon Style for instructions on how to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Jerdon Style; at (800) 223-3571, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT
Monday through Friday, or online at and click on "Recall
Information" at the bottom of the page for more information.

Pictures available at:

Units: About 6,000

Description: This recall involves Jerdon Style model CM12B one-cup coffee makers,
with date code 1217. The coffee makers are black and have an oval, red indicator
light above the on/off switch. The coffee maker brews a single, eight to 12-ounce
cup of coffee. The phrases "FIRST CLASS" and "JERDON" are printed in white letters
on the front of the product. The model and date code are imprinted on a nameplate
located on the bottom of the coffeemaker.

Incidents/Injuries: Jerdon Style has received four reports of coffee makers
overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Hotel/motel product suppliers and major online retailers from July 2012 to
January 2013 for between $15 and $26.

Importer: Jerdon Style, LLC, of Richardson, TX

Manufactured in: China


2. Liberty Mountain Recalls Mountain Climbing Lanyards Due to Risk of Serious Injury

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal
to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: February 27, 2013

Recall number: 13-128

Name of product: Easy Go XP Lock Via Ferrata Lanyards

Hazard: The elastic webbing on the lanyards can deteriorate over time and break
while in use, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the climber.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lanyards and contact
Liberty Mountain for a refund or replacement.

Consumer Contact: Liberty Mountain; toll-free at (800) 366-2666, from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or online at Click on
"Contact Us" for more information.

Pictures available at:

Description: This recall involves Easy Go XP Lock Via Ferrata Lanyards used for
shock absorption on Via Ferrata mountain climbing routes. The lanyard has two
elasticized webbing branches with self-locking carabiners at each end. Recalled
units can be identified by the elasticized webbing. "EASY GO XP LOCK" is printed on
a white tag sewn into the zipper pouch.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold at: Specialty climbing shops nationwide and online at and other
internet retailers between April 2011 to August 2012 for about $120.

Importer: Liberty Mountain, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Manufacturer: Singing Rock, of Ponikla, Czech Republic

Manufactured in: Czech Republic

More recalls available. Just click here: CPSC

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