The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 13, 2012

Ansted Fire Department helps spread the word about safety

The Ansted Fire Department was one of 15 departments in Fayette County marking Fire Prevention Week.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme was “Have Two Ways Out.” Only 33 percent of American homes have developed and practiced home fire escape plans to ensure everyone can make it out quickly and safely.

The Ansted Fire Department worked to educate families about how to protect themselves and their homes from fire. Homes should have working smoke detectors that are tested each month, while batteries should be changed twice each year. Families should also create a home escape plan, including an alternate exit, and practice it.

As part of Fire Prevention Week, the Ansted Fire Department educated children about fire safety through the coordinating efforts of Captain Pat Gray. He and other firefighters volunteered their time to speak with children about fire safety and then dress in full bunker gear. The fire department also gives students a gift bag, which includes fire prevention materials.

It is an unfortunate fact that only 33 percent of American households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure everyone can make it out quickly and safely.

In 2010, 85 percent of all fire deaths were caused by home fires; one home fire was reported every 85 seconds; home fires killed one person every three hours; and someone was injured in a reported home fire every 39 minutes.

Fire Prevention week marks the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred Oct. 8-9, 1871. The Chicago blaze killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 more homeless, and destroyed approximately 17,000 buildings.


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