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391 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, fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire; and


WHEREAS, home fires killed more than 2,630 people in the United States in 2017, according to the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®), and fire departments in the United States responded to 357,000 home fires; and


WHEREAS, cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States where fire departments responded to more than 173,200 annually between 2013 and 2017; and


WHEREAS, two of every five home fires start in the kitchen with 31% of these fires resulting from unattended cooking; and


WHEREAS, more than half of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves; and


WHEREAS, children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire; and


WHEREAS, Warren County residents should stay in the kitchen when frying food on the stovetop, keep a three-foot kid-free zone around cooking areas and keep anything that can catch fire away from stove tops; and


WHEREAS, residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire; and


WHEREAS, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half; 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 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme TM, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” effectively serves to remind us to stay alert and use caution when cooking to reduce the risk of kitchen fires.


THEREFORE, We the Commissioners of Warren County do proclaim October 4-10, 2020, as Fire Prevention Week throughout this state, and we urge all the people of Warren County to check their kitchens for fire hazards and using safe cooking practices during Fire Prevention Week 2020, and to support the many public safety activities and efforts of Warren County’s fire and emergency services.





ADOPTED this 23rd day of September, 2020.



Benjamin Kafferlin



Tricia D. Durbin

Attest:                                                                                         Vice Chair


Pamela J. Matve                                                                      Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                                                Commissioner