National Fire Safety Awareness Week

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The National Fire Protection Agency has established October 7 through the 13 as National Fire Safety Week. 

According to NFPA, 80 percent of fire related deaths occur in house fires. Last year, the Bakersfield Fire Department responded to 2,200 structure fires. 


“Look, listen, learn, be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” is the slogan for this year’s campaign.

This year’s theme comes with three calls to action: look for places the fire can start, listen for the sound of the smoke alarm and learn two ways out of each room.

“You want to have smoke detectors in your home,” said Casey Snow, BFD battalion chief. “You want them strategically located. you want them in every seeping area, outside of sleeping areas, in every floor.”

The campaign applies to all possible fire locations, including the outdoors. However, the focus is on home fire safety due to statistics that say most fire deaths happen at home.

For more information on the campaign, visit fire prevention week.org

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