Whitesburg KY

Fire Prevention Week observed this week

This week is Fire Prevention Week, says Captain Mark A. Sexton of the Whitesburg Fire Department. The theme this year is “Stay fire smart! Don’t get burned.”

Each year, nearly 3,000 people die as a result of home fires,, and more than 200,000 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries. The leading causes of fires in homes are cooking, electrical equipment and appliances, heating equipment, and smoking materials.

Here are some fire safety tips from the Whitesburg Fire Department:

• Inspect your home before leaving or going to bed to ensure that all burners on stove tops are turned off.

• Be cautious when using curling irons, ovens, irons, candles, and space heaters.

• Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges so they cannot be pulled off or knocked over.

• Never hold a child in your arms while preparing food or drinking hot liquids.

• Never leave a child unattended in a room where heating appliances are in use.

• Plan and practice your fire escape plan with your family and when the alarm sounds, go to the nearest and safest exit to escape.

• Change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year, when the time changes in the spring and fall.

• To report a fire or emergency, call 911.

“The Whitesburg Fire Department would like to encourage everyone in Letcher County to take time with your families and practice fire safety drills,” says Sexton. “Keep these fire safety tips in mind so you can ‘Stay fire smart! Don’t get burned.'”

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