It has been determined that the FIRE DANGER RATING in Williams County is " LOW" today, therefore a "BURN BAN" "IS NOT" in effect.
It has been determined that the FIRE DANGER RATING in Williams County is " LOW" today, therefore a "BURN BAN" "IS NOT" in effect.
Public Education

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Public Education Tips                                                         

Care when Cooking

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles.
  • Turn pot handles inward on the stove where you can't bump them and children can't grab them.
  • Enforce a "kid-free zone" at least 3 feet around your kitchen stove.
  • If grease catches fire in a pan, slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames and turn off the heat. Leave the lid on until the pot is cool. Never peak inside the hot pot to see if the fire is out

Sprinklers Systems and Smoke Alarms - What we all need to know

They do save lives! Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Since the 1970's, smoke alarms have contributed to a 50% reduction in fire deaths.

  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, in bedrooms, hallways and any other sleeping areas.
  • Always follow manufacturers instructions for installation and maintenance. Test smoke alarms once a month, change the batteries twice a year – when you change your clocks – or when it "chirps" to signal a low battery. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Do not disable a smoke alarm, because you may forget to replace the battery. If you have "false alarms," you may need to dust or vacuum the alarm. Because of cooking fumes and steam from showers, keep smoke alarms at least 3 feet away from kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Make sure everyone in your home can identify and awaken to the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Practice fire drills with your family at least twice a year to ensure everyone knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.
  • Night time drills are best to make sure sleeping family members awaken to the smoke alarm sound.
  • If you are building a new home or remodeling your existing home, consider installing an automatic home fire sprinkler system.
  • Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 85% and save thousands of lives.

Tools NOT Toys - Information to share with children that can save their lives

  • In a child's hand, matches and lighters can be deadly. Store all matches and lighters up high, out of a child's reach in a locked cabinet.
  • Teach your children that matches and lighters are tools NOT toys, and should be used only by adults or with adult supervision.
  • Children should tell a grown-up if they find matches or lighters.
  • Keep Novelty lighters away from children. These lighters are fun and look like harmless toys – but they are dangerous and deadly.

Exit Drills In The Home =E.D.I.T.H.       Plan Your Escape

  • Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, advanced planning – (EDITH – Exit Drills In The Home) a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
  • Draw a home escape plan and discuss it with everyone in your family.
  • Practice the plan at least twice a year, preferably at night, when everyone is home. Know two ways out of every room. Make sure doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Choose a meeting place, outside in the front yard, such as a tree, lamp post, mailbox, where the family can meet and be accounted for.
  • Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat. But be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you practice your fire drill, everyone in the family should get down low and crawl under the smoke to your exit.
  • Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
  • Everyone should memorize the emergency phone number and remember – in case of fire – call from a neighbors home or cell phone.
  • Check to make sure your street numbers are visible on your house so emergency vehicles can find you easily.

What do you need to do if your home is on fire?

  • During a fire, smoke and poisonous gases rise with the heat. The air is cleaner near the floor.
  • So get down low and go!
  • Get out as quickly as possible and meet your family at your special meeting place – outside in the front yard.


  • Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States and in North Dakota
  • Smoking in bed or when you are drowsy could be deadly.

Space Heaters

  • Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.
  • Keep children and pets away from heaters.
  • Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to bed

Stop, Drop, and Roll

If your clothes catch fire:

  • STOP where you are.
  • DROP to the ground
  • COVER YOUR FACE with your hands,
  • and ROLL and ROLL and ROLL to smother the flames.