MEIGS COUNTY — As part of Fire Prevention Week, students around the county were given a lesson in fire safety, along with a visit from local emergency personnel.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) had the theme of “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere” for Fire Prevention Week, which took place from Oct. 7-13.
Visits from the local fire departments began the Friday before Fire Prevention Week with the Rutland, Middleport and Pomeroy fire departments visiting Meigs Elementary.
Events continued with Chester, Tuppers Plains, Olive Township and Bashan volunteer fire departments holding an event at Eastern Elementary.
Racine Volunteer Fire Department visited with students at Southern Elementary, while Carleton School students took a field trip to the Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department. Carleton students were able to visit with Meigs EMS and MedFlight as part of their visit to the Syracuse Fire Department.
According to a news release from NFPA, the latest statistics show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago. This startling statistic is behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.™”
Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:
- Look for places fire can start
- Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
- Learn two ways out of each room
“People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”
This year’s Fire Prevention Week messages apply to virtually all locations. However, NFPA continues to focus on home fire safety, as the majority of U.S. fire deaths (four out of five) occur at home each year. In fact, the fire death rate (per 1000 home fires reported to the fire department) was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.
“While we’ve made significant progress in preventing home fires from happening, these statistics show that there’s still much more work to do when it comes to teaching people how to protect themselves in the event of one, and why advance planning is so critically important,” said Carli.
“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations – and that there are basic but vitally important steps people can take to remain safe.
As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA works with local fire departments throughout North America to promote the campaign in their communities and reaches out to the public directly to encourage everyone to take action to be safe.
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
List of events as provided by Derek Miller of the Meigs County Fire Association. Fire Prevention Week information from the National Fire Prevention Association.