Rapp Encourages Warren, Forest and McKean Home Owners to Follow Nationally-Recommended Fire Prevention Tips
9/29/2008
The National Fire Prevention Association will be promoting this year’s message of “Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires” during National Fire Prevention Week, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) announced today.
 
This year’s events will be held from Oct. 5-11. Nationally, statistics indicate that more than 3,400 fire deaths occurred last year and an additional 17,000 people or more were maimed as the result of fires. In 2007 alone, more than 530,000 structural fires occurred.  In many cases, these deaths and injuries could be prevented by taking several simple precautions.
 
Smoke alarms are the best early warning devices when a fire breaks out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm in a house increases the family’s chances of surviving a fire by nearly 50 percent.  However, the need to make it out of a burning home can be prevented by exercising added care with household equipment such as electrical and heating systems as well as while cooking or smoking indoors.
 
Fire officials often recommend that families have an escape plan with two ways out of each room and a safe meeting place outside the home in the event of a fire.  Additionally, it can be very helpful to routinely practice emergency plans to ensure that one’s entire family knows all the details. These simple steps are not only a good idea, they can save lives.
 
Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. It has been held since 1922 during the week in which Oct. 9 falls, in observance of the Great Chicago Fire and Peshtigo Fire, both of which occurred in 1871 killing more than 1,400 people combined. 
 
For additional information, visit Rapp’s Web site at RepRapp.com and click on “Fire Prevention Week.”
 
Rep. Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 723-5203
(717) 787-1367
www.reprapp.com
Contact: Ty McCauslin
House Republican Public Relations
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