More than 2,500 people die each year in house fires, and this week a nationwide campaign is working to prevent these numbers.
October 7th-13th is National Fire Prevention Week. This week long campaign is the longest running public health and safety observance on record, and was put in place following the Great Chicago Fire that killed hundreds and left even more without homes.
The theme of this year’s fire safety campaign is to look, listen and learn.The National Fire Protection Association wants everyone to be aware and to know that fires can happen anywhere.
The NFPA, this week, wants you to look for places fires could start, listen for the sound of smoke alarms and learn two ways out of every room.
Smoke alarms should also be installed in every room. 22News went to the West Springfield Fire Department to find out where most home fires typically start.
“Cooking fires are one of the number one causes,” said Lt. Richard Craven.”Making sure that your stove tops and counter tops are free and clear of any debris, pot handles are turned inwards anything you can to prevent fires in homes will make our job easier in the end.”
Lt. Craven also told 22News many people begin warming their homes with supplemental heat this time of year, and you need to make sure you’re keeping all flammable objects clear from the area.
Having and practicing a fire escape plan is also key. Lastly, all homes should have fire extinguishers and portable ladders in each second floor room.