Bridgeview Fire Department
Fire Department Non-Emergency
The Bridgeview Fire Department has proudly served the community for the last seventy years. What started as a volunteer department has evolved into a professional full-time force of thirty members providing fire protection, emergency medical services, and disaster management 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2019, this department responded to 4,037 emergency calls and performed over 800 fire prevention inspections.
Our Fire Stations are located at 7500 S. Oketo Avenue (Station 1) and 7350 W. 100th Pl. (Station 2). Call 911 in emergencies. If you have any questions, please call our non-emergency number at (708) 924-8250
Teaching Fire Safety
The Bridgeview Fire Department is intent on spreading the word about fire safety and prevention. We visit our local schools, and are happy to host station tours and attend special events (except in emergencies of course). To schedule a class, station tour or special event, contact the Bridgeview Fire Department at (708) 924-8250.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuel. Improperly ventilated appliances and engines, particularly in a tightly sealed or enclosed space, may allow carbon monoxide to accumulate to dangerous levels.
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream. When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. This can lead to serious tissue damage, or even death.
If you think you, or someone you are with may have carbon monoxide poisoning, move the person to fresh air and seek emergency medical care. Call 9-1-1.
Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include:
- Dull headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Keep your fuel-burning appliances properly vented.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors.
- Make sure a professional inspects your appliances once a year.
Did you know?
As of January 1, 2007, homeowners and building owners are required to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors within 15 feet of rooms used for sleeping. This law applies only to those occupancies that use fossil fuel, such as natural gas, propane, heating oil, to cook, heat, or produce hot water, or occupancies connected to an enclosed garage.
Carbon monoxide alarms are a simple tool to help detect dangerous levels of the deadly gas and can save lives from this “silent killer”. If you do not have an alarm in your home, we strongly encourage you to install one immediately. It can save your life, and the lives of the ones you love.
Smoke alarms prevent residential fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal that allows people to escape. They reduce the risk of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. The Bridgeview Fire Department advises all families to install a smoke alarm on every floor in their homes.
The recent revisions to Illinois’ Smoke Detector Act will require many residents to install new smoke detectors with 10-year sealed batteries, by Jan. 1, 2023.
Since 1988, all dwellings in Illinois have been required to have smoke alarms. The Public Act 200 was passed to update the Illinois Smoke Detector Act to reflect the advances in technology. By the end of 2022, single and multi-family homes that are still using smoke alarms with removable batteries (non-hardwired alarms) are required to install new alarms that feature 10-year non-removable, non-replaceable sealed batteries.
There are some exceptions for residents who reside in homes built after 1988 that already have hardwired smoke alarms and homes with wireless integrated alarms that use low-power radio frequency communications, Wi-Fi or other Wireless Local Area Networking capability.
These 10-year sealed battery alarms can be purchased at home improvement stores or online.
What to do with old smoke alarms?
It depends on what type of smoke alarm you have. Look on the back. If it says “Photoelectric”, you can throw it out with your regular trash. If it says “Ionization” or it’s a combination of both Photoelectric and Ionization, it should NOT go in the trash. These contain a small amount of radioactive material. You can contact the manufacture of the alarm and some will take back the old ones.
Click here to read the full statute from the Illinois General Assembly.
Fire Escape Plans
In the event of a fire, time is the biggest enemy and every second counts. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. Escape plans can help get you out of your home quickly. It is important that every family practice Exit Drill In The Home (E.D.I.T.H.).
- Create and practice your escape plan
- If your home catches on fire – Stay Low! Get Out! And Stay Out!
- If your clothes catch fire – Stop! Drop! And Roll! Until the flames are put out.
- Never open doors that are hot to the touch, use another way out.
- Replace smoke alarms that are older than 10 years.
- Test alarms monthly by pushing the test button for 3-5 seconds.
Tips on Home Fire Escape Planning
- Draw a floor plan of your home using a home escape plan template
- Show 2 ways out of every room, including windows.
- To escape from upper story windows, buy an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) approved collapsible ladder.
- Practice escaping from every room in the home. Make sure everyone understands the escape plan.
- Make sure that windows and screens can be easily opened.
- Provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.
- Teach children not to hide from firefighters.
- Agree on a meeting place, where everyone will gather after you have escaped.
- Remember, Get Out First, then call for help.
- Practice your plan at least twice a year, making sure that everyone is involved.
If you live in apartment building
- Learn and practice your building’s evacuation plan.
- Know a primary and secondary exit.
- If you hear a fire alarm, leave immediately.
- Use the stairs, never use the elevator in a fire!