Raising awareness during Fire Prevention Week


With the recent Echo Mountain Fire, attention has been focused on the dangers and impact of wildland fires and forest fires, but more than three-quarters of fire deaths and injuries occur in residential properties in which kitchen and cooking fires are the leading causes. Fire Prevention Week began Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 10, and this year’s theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

In an effort to reduce kitchen fires, being ready for unexpected fire events in the kitchen by installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as having fire extinguishers nearby will help improve home safety.

Fire Prevention Week is a perfect time to plan and discuss fire safety with all members of the family. Most ages can participate with testing alarms, changing batteries or replacing old alarms, learning how to utilize a fire extinguisher and practicing an escape route.  

As a reminder, the end of Daylight Saving Time is 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. As clocks are adjusted to “fall back” an hour, it is the perfect time to change smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries, also checking to be sure they are correctly installed and maintained.  

Quick facts published by First Alert: Three out of every five home fires resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms; less than 50 percent of homeowners have an escape plan; carbon monoxide (CO) is the number one cause of accidental death; 60 percent of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly; only 47 percent of people report having CO alarms in their home; just 43 percent of homeowners have an escape plan; and unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires.  

Fire department officials encourage people during Fire Prevention Week, and every week, to put fire safety first.

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