(Victor Valley)–What’s the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course. With more than 360,000 home fires reported in the United States in 2009, according to the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) (there were 269 home fires in San Bernardino County Fire Department’s jurisdiction alone with over $25 million dollars in losses), your best defense is a good offense.
That’s why San Bernardino County Fire Department is teaming up with NFPA October 9-15, to let County residents know: “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” This year’s campaign focuses on preventing the leading causes of home fires – cooking, heating and electrical equipment, as well as candles and smoking materials. Additionally, it urges people to protect their homes and families with life-saving technology and planning.
“In 2009, 2,565 people died in home fires. Nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented by taking a few simple precautions like having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan, keeping things that can burn away from the stove and always turning off space heaters before going to bed,” stated Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Horton. “Fire is a dangerous opponent, but by anticipating the hazards, you are much less likely to be one of the nearly 13,000 people injured in home fires each year.”
San Bernardino County Fire Department offers the following tips for protecting your home and family from fire:
“While preventing home fires in San Bernardino County is always our number one priority, it is not always possible,” Horton continued. “San Bernardino County’s residents need to provide the best protection to keep their homes and families safe in the event of a fire. This can be achieved by developing an escape plan which you practice regularly and equipping homes with life-saving technologies like smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers.”
The following tips will help keep your family safe if there is a fire in your home:
The San Bernardino County Fire Department will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” Make sure to visit the website at www.sbcfire.org to see what activities will be occurring in the Victor Valley.