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The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / NewsFIRE FACTS - Protect Your Family From Fire
Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire, October 8-9, 1871--the two-day blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 more homeless, and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings. That tragedy inspired reform across America, spurring new fire safety codes and public awareness campaigns.
This year's theme focuses on how to protect your family from fire by planning ahead and integrating simple behaviors into your everyday life. By equipping your home with fire prevention and protection systems and paying attention to potential fire hazards in your home, you can make a difference that will last a lifetime and reduce fire injuries, deaths, and property loss.
DID YOU KNOW?
Almost all U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, but almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes without working smoke alarms.
In 2009, one home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds.
In 2009, home fires killed one person every 3 hours and 25 minutes or roughly seven people every day.
In 2009, someone was reported injured in a fire every 31 minutes.
Half of home fire deaths were caused by fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
This year during Fire Prevention Week take simple steps to help protect your family from fire. Install smoke alarms and check them monthly, plan and practice a home escape plan, make sure everyone knows the sound of your smoke alarms, leave immediately if a fire occurs and call 9-1-1 for help after you leave your home.
Most home fire fatalities are the result of smoke and toxic gas inhalation, not burns.
For more information regarding fire safety, contact Titusville Fire and Emergency Services at 321-383-5708.