Palos Fire Protection District

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Tornado Safety Tips

Tornadoes are violent by nature. They are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornado intensities are classified on the Fujita Scale with ratings between F0 (weakest) to F5 (strongest). Although severe tornadoes are more common in the Plains States, tornadoes have been reported in every state.

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PFPD Firefighter News: Live Fire Training

Our PFPD Firefighters participated in Live Fire Training last November at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute.

PFPD Electrical Safety Update:

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PFPD Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries:

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PFPD Candle Safety:

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Thunderstorm Safety Tips

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Safety Tips


Fax: ​708-448-0849


Station #2  24 hours/day

13010 S. 104th Avenue  Palos Park


Station #1  24 hours/day

8815 W. 123rd Street  Palos Park


A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.​

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