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October is Fire Safety Month

So it is beginning to feel like fall and some say they expect a cold winter. This means fireplaces, heaters and keeping warm. Is your family prepared for a fire emergency? October is National Fire Prevention Month and it serves as an excellent time to examine your preparedness. Is your home at risk for wildfire damage? Do you have a home fire escape plan? Have you changed smoke-alarm batteries within the last year? Do you know the main reasons for fires starting in or around the home?

 

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” While the Fire Prevention campaign lasts the entire month, most agencies designate the second week of October as Fire Prevention Week. Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Florida Forest Service is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5th-11th.

Florida is prone to wildland fires and not every home survives. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the possibility of fire, which is an inevitable force of nature in fire-prone wildland areas. Said in another way – if it’s predictable, it’s preventable!

Wildfires often begin unnoticed. They spread quickly; ignite brush, trees and homes. In a fire, seconds count. According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.

 

To find out more about Fire Prevention programs and activities near you, contact the Chipola District’s Mitigation Specialist, Hannah Anderson at (850) 625-6621.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.

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