Winter Safety Tips from the Chief

Here are some helpful tips for keeping your home safe during the severe cold weather safety:

* Make sure your smoke and Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors are operational.

* Do NOT use stoves or fuel-fired portable heaters (propane, kerosene, etc) to heat your living areas. These types of appliances need to be properly vented.

* Do NOT run your car while parked in the garage (EVEN if your overhead garage door is open). Carbon Monoxide can easily get into your home with the overhead door open or closed

* Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents.

* During severe cold, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms where plumbing runs through exterior walls.

* Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.

* Do NOT leave heating devices (heat guns, hair dryers, etc) operating while unattended in an effort to thaw frozen pipes.

* Keep your home thermostat set at a constant temperature during the severe cold snap. Many furnaces are not capable of “catching up” if they drop below a temperature during severe cold spells. By setting your thermostat to a constant temperature of 70 degrees as an example — in the sever cold weather, it is easier for your furnace to operate than if it is programmed to drop to 62 overnight, and then back up to 70 in the morning.

* Only burn dry cured firewood in your fireplace or woodburning stove. Make sure all flammables are cleared around the firebox and use a barrier (such as a screen) to protect embers from reaching any flammables.

We hope you all will keep warm and stay safe!

Take care,

Chief Cluchey

Car Seat Installation Event

The Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District is hosting a Car Seat Installation event on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10:00 am – Noon at Station #2, 39W950 Hughes Rd., Elburn, IL.

Residents are encouraged to attend to be better educated on car seat installation and car seat safety. Installation of car seats will take place as well as instruction for parents and guardians on how to properly install a car seat in your vehicle.

If you have any questions, please contact Fire Marshal Lisa Schopp or FF/PM Alex Poynor at 630-365-6855.

Close Before You Doze Campaign

Fighting Fire with Science

The Close Your Door safety initiative comes as the result of over 10 years of research by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI). After proving that a closed door could potentially save lives in a fire, UL FSRI has committed to share this finding with the world. The Close Before You Doze campaign features a consumer-facing website that includes safety tips, fire facts, news and a pledge, where participants can commit to closing their doors before they doze. A closed door provides a layer of protection between you and a fire, which is especially important at night when family members may be vulnerable with little time to react.

Watch the video below to see how fire spreads in a home with doors closed and a doors open.

Close Before You Doze Video

Visit the Close Your Door website or NFPA website for additional information on fire safety.

Close Your Door Website

NFPA Website


2018 ECFPD Winter Newsletter

Click on the link below to open the ECFPD Winter Newsletter.

2018 Winter ECFPD Newsletter

Stay safe and enjoy the holidays everyone!

Adopt A Hydrant Program

The Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District (ECFPD) is asking the community for a partnership in our Adopt-A-Hydrant program by adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business and keeping it free of snow during the winter and free of weeds and shrubbery in the summer.In the event of a fire, it is imperative that Fire Department gain access to a water supply via a fire hydrant as quickly as possible so that fire can be extinguished and prevent loss of property and/or life. You can help ECFPD in this quest by adopting a hydrant and making sure that it is easily accessible throughout the year.

We ask that you shovel the area around your adopted fire hydrant after each snowfall. Clear a path approximately three feet around the hydrant as well a clear path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant so that the hydrant is visible and accessible. During the summer months it is also important to make sure that the same three foot path around your adopted hydrant is free of weeds, shrubbery, flowerbeds, etc.

If you notice that a fire hydrant has been damaged, missing caps, leaking water, or if it is blocked, please notify us at 630-365-6855. All of this will assist fire crews in the unfortunate event of a fire.

To Adopt a Hydrant, follow the link on our website. Go to COMMUNITY, then ADOPT A HYDRANT and complete the form.

Smoke Detector Law 2018

An update to Illinois’ smoke detector law could force homeowners to make an upgrade.

The revised state law requires an alarm with a 10-year sealed battery be installed in all dwellings that don’t already have hardwired smoke detectors. That means many homes will be replacing the basic 9-volt battery units that have been around for some time.

Phil Zaleski, executive director of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, says safety concerns drove the change.

“In residential fire deaths, approximately 67 percent of the homes where someone is found dead, there is a smoke alarm that is not working or where a battery has been removed from the smoke alarm,” Zaleski said. “This removes the opportunity to disable the smoke alarm.” Zaleski said that units near the kitchen sometimes are turned off for convenience. The new alarms instead come equipped with a “hush button” that allows residents to temporarily turn off the smoke detector for 15 minutes.

Zaleski says more than 15 states around the country have a similar law, along with some major cities that have adopted an ordinance covering their residents. There are upfront costs, as the 10-year units generally cost about $15, about three times as much as the basic 9-volt alarms. But Zaleski said the switch should save money over time. “With the 10-year battery, you never have to have those battery replacement costs,” Zaleski said. “So you’re going to save yourself $40 or $50 over the life of each smoke alarm in your home. If you have a multi-level home with multiple bedrooms, that can add up.”

Any home with hard-wired smoke detectors is exempt from the law, meaning most homes built since 1988 shouldn’t have to make a change. Homes with smoke detectors running on a low-powered radio frequency or wi-fi don’t have to comply.

The deadline to make the switch is the end of 2022.

Notice of Public Hearing for the 2018-2019 Tentative ECFPD Budget


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Board of Trustees of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, Kane County, IL. to consider the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District.

Said hearing will be held at Elburn Fire Station One, 200 E. Route 38, Elburn, Illinois, 60119 at the hour of 4:30 P.M. Central Daylight Savings Time on July 9, 2018.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District Board of Trustees, at the public hearing, shall adopt the tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance, or any part thereof, as such Board of Trustees deems necessary.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that said tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be made conveniently available for public inspection for a period of thirty days, commencing June 4, 2018 at the Elburn Fire Station One, 200 E. Route 38, Elburn, in Kane County, Illinois, Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays, between the hours of 7:00 A.M. – Noon and 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Michael Anderson

Treasurer, Board of Trustees of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District


RFP Station 2 Bunk Room Remodel Proposal

Sealed RFPs will be accepted for furnishing the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District Station #2 remodeling services.

The specific listing and work description for the remodel of the bunkroom of Elburn fire station #2 located at 39W950 Hughes Rd, Elburn, County of Kane, and State of Illinois is available by calling Station #1 (630) 365-6855 or by e-mailing a request to

RFPs will be received at Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District, 200 Route 38, Elburn IL 60119 until 15:00 hours on the 11th of June 2018, where the bids will be opened at that time.