Fire Prevention Week

Photo of firefighter walking into flamesPhoto courtesy of Jacksonville Fire Department

10/4/2018
Jim Evancho

Fire Marshal Lee Batey with the Jacksonville Fire Department has announced that this years fire prevention week will be focused on:  Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware – Fire Can Happen Anywhere.

Fire prevention week begins on October 7, 2018 and runs through October 13th. The premise of this years National Fire Protection Association’s theme is:

1 – LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting.

  • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
  • Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.

2 – LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.

3 – LEARN two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.

“Everyone has a responsibility to protect their family and home from fire. Prevention is always the best course of action. Identify potential fire hazards in your home and take action to make sure a fire doesn’t start.” – Fire Marshal Lee Batey


The Jacksonville Journal will be running a series of articles during Fire Prevention Week with the assistance of Fire Marshal Lee Batey at the Jacksonville Fire Department. 

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