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Fire Prevention Week on Tap

October 6th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

It's time for Fire Prevention Week.  From October 7-13 the Office of the State Fire Marshal is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) and fire departments throughout the State to remind residents to LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN.  BE AWARE.  FIRE CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE.   During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:


        Look for places fire could start. 


        Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. 


        Learn two ways out of every room. 

In 2017, firefighters in the United States responded to an estimated 1,319,500 fires. An estimated 499,000 of those occurred in structures, and an estimated 820,500 occurred outside of structures or involved vehicles. These fires accounted for an estimated 3,420 deaths, 2,810 of which occurred in structures and 610 in non-structure, vehicle, or outside fires.         

Below are some of the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing: 

  •  Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove top.
  •  All heaters need space.  Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heating   equipment.
  •  Make sure everyone in your home knows the smoke alarm sound and what to do if they hear   it.
  •  Find two ways out of every room.
  •  Make sure doors and windows are not blocked.
  •  Get outside to your meeting place.
  •  Make sure you close your bedroom door at night.

          Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country.  Additionally, fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.


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