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Smoke alarm law goes into effect Jan. 1
Posted: Dec. 12, 2022
On January 1, a new Illinois law will require that any new smoke alarm installed in a single-family or multi-family home have a 10-year sealed battery, which will insure the detector works when needed without the maintenance of new batteries every six months by homeowners. See the below FAQs for more information.
Q: When will I need to change to a 10-year sealed battery smoke alarm?
A: When your current smoke alarm reaches its end of life, 10 years after original installation.
Q: After I install my new 10-year sealed battery smoke alarm, should I still test it monthly?
A: It is always good practice to check all your smoke alarms monthly.
Q: How many 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms do I need in my home?
A: You are required to have a smoke alarm located in every sleeping area (bedrooms) and one on every floor of your home. This smoke alarm should be located no father than 15 feet from any sleeping area.
Q: What is the benefit of a 10-year sealed battery smoke alarm?
A: See the graph below.
Q: How do I dispose of an old smoke detector?
A: As long as there is no radioactive symbol or warning label, the detector can be disposed of through the regular trash. If the detector has a radioactive symbol or warning label, please consult your local recycling service. Please be sure to inspect the device thoroughly before making your final decision regarding disposal.
Q: Should I have a carbon monoxide alarm in my home as well?
A: Yes, there should be a carbon monoxide alarm located on every floor of your home and no farther than 15 feet from any sleeping area.
View the law for more information, or contact Fire Marshal Steve Lorendo at (708) 444-5200.
'Keep the Wreath Red' this holiday
Posted: Dec. 9, 2022
The Tinley Park Fire Department urges everyone to help “Keep the Wreath Red” until January 2. The fire department has placed a wreath illuminated with red bulbs in front of each of the four fire stations. If a fire occurs in which holiday decorations are determined to be involved, one of the red bulbs will be changed to a white bulb. This will serve as a reminder of the safety precautions that should be taken this holiday season. Residents can help provide a safe environment by following these good practices:
- Don't overload extension cords or power strips
- Keep trees and decorations away from space heaters
- Keep live trees properly hydrated
- Turn off decorative lights when you are not home
- Properly use lights designated for indoor and outdoor use
- Do not leave candles unattended
The Tinley Park Fire Department wishes all residents a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
Tinley firefighters help local child through 'Fire Buddies' program
Posted: May 27, 2022
Meet Your Fire Chief: Steve Klotz
Issued: Feb. 14, 2022
Steve Klotz is the Village's fire chief. He has been in the fire service industry for more than 40 years and most recently held the position of battalion chief for the Bedford Park Fire Department. He joined the Village in 1993 and has been serving as deputy chief of fire suppression since 2013.
Chief Klotz was instrumental in converting the volunteer fire department to a part-time organization in 2001. He has worked closely with neighboring communities to set up automatic-aid agreements, overseen the construction and operation of Fire Station 47, served as incident command for numerous fires and large-scale events, and was part of the Unified Command COVID-19 response for the mass vaccination site for the State of Illinois.
Reda named Deputy Fire Service Administrator
Issued: Feb. 14, 2022
Daniel Reda recently was appointed to the position Deputy Fire Service Administrator. Dan has been a firefighter with Tinley Park for 26 years and has risen through the ranks from firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief, and has been serving as Interim Deputy Fire Chief since June 2021. In addition to his time in Tinley Park, he has held varying ranks in other fire departments in his fire service career, including serving as the Chief of the Blue Island Fire Department since December 2017.
Dan has been instrumental in developing policy for the Tinley Park Fire Department as well as various training programs and oversees the scheduling program for the department. He holds numerous Office of the State Fire Marshal certifications including Chief Fire Officer and has a Bachelor’s Degree in occupational health and safety. Dan has been incident commander or part of the Incident Command team at numerous fires and large-scale events in both Tinley Park, MABAS 24 and other neighboring MABAS Divisions.
Steve Lorendo named Fire Marshal
Issued: Feb. 14, 2022
Steve Lorendo recently was appointed to the position Fire Marshal. Steve has been serving the Village of Tinley Park for 21 years. His career in the fire service began in 2000 as a probationary firefighter in Tinley Park. While serving on the Fire Department, he received his Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Firefighter III, Fire Apparatus Engineer and OSFM certifications.
In November of 2006, he accepted the full-time Fire Inspector position in the Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau and currently holds multiple fire prevention related certifications including OSFM Fire Prevention I & II, Fire Investigator, Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Specialist and Fire and Life Safety Educator. He has a Bachelors Degree in fire science and a Masters of Public Administration Degree in emergency service management.
Deputy Fire Chief Dan Riordan retires
Issued: Jan. 7, 2022
The Tinley Park Fire Department on Friday will hold a walk-out ceremony for Deputy Fire Chief Dan Riordan, who retired after 40 years of dedicated service to Tinley Park.
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