|FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCTOBER 7 - 13, 2018|
|By Safety Officer Bob Brookins|
|October 3, 2018|
STATEWIDE (October 3, 2018) - 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:
"All too often a tragedy occurs involving a dwelling fire that claims the life of an occupant and/or occupants," said State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. "Sadly, in many of these occurrences, a lack of operating smoke alarms is revealed during the investigation. It is our hope that ‘Fire Prevention Week’ will help us reach folks throughout the State of Maryland before they've suffered a tragic loss resulting from the effects of fire." 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.