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344 Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week
WHEREAS, the county of Warren is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting Warren County; and
WHEREAS, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 1,319,500 fires per year during 2017. These fires resulted in 3,400 civilian deaths, 14,670 injuries and $23 billion in direct damage which includes a cost of $10 billion for the Northern California wildfires; and
WHEREAS, on average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day with cooking being the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, and smoking being the leading cause of home fire deaths for decades.
WHEREAS, newer homes are built with lightweight materials that burn faster than older home constructions; and
WHEREAS, many of today’s products and furnishings produce toxic gases and smoke when burned, making it impossible to see and breathe within moments; and
WHEREAS, these conditions contribute to a much smaller window of time for people to escape a home fire safely, with people having as little as one to two minutes to escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds; and
WHEREAS, a home fire escape plan provides the skill set and know-how to quickly and safely escape a home fire situation. A home fire escape plan includes two exits from every room in the home; a path to the outside from each exit; smoke alarms in all required locations; and a meeting place outside where everyone in the home will meet upon exiting; and
WHEREAS, home fire escape plans should be developed by all members of the household; and
WHEREAS, Warren County’s first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and
WHEREAS, Warren County residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and
WHEREAS, the 2019 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Plan and Practice Your Escape” effectively serves to educate the public about the vital importance of developing a home fire escape plan with all members of the house hold and practicing it twice a year;
THEREFORE, We the Commissioners of Warren County do hereby proclaim October 6-12, 2019, as Fire Prevention Week throughout the county. We urge all the people of Warren County to develop a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and practice it twice a year, and to participate in the many public safety activities and efforts of Warren County’s fire and emergency services during Fire Prevention Week 2019.
ADOPTED this 25th day of September, 2019.
COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY
Attest: Vice Chair
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston
Chief Clerk Secretary