Fire Prevention Week

Posted on: 10/6/2003

More than 5,000 Americans die each year in fires, and more than 25,000 are injured. Seminole County Fire Department will be observing Fire Prevention Week, October 5 October 11. Fire Prevention Week is a nationally recognized program to teach families about fire and the dangers they pose. During the week, firefighters will promote fire escape plans, smoke alarms and fire extinguisher safety.

Fire is Dark. Every 30 seconds a fire can double in size. In minutes, thick, black smoke will fill a house. At night, fire victims wake up completely disoriented, unable to see their own hand in front of their face. Room temperatures in a fire rise as high as 1100 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this air once scorches lungs and causes serious injury. Working smoke alarms can save lives. The alarm will give your family the time needed to get out of a residential fire. Fire escape plans, that are practiced, will teach your family how to get out of the home when those smoke alarms begin to sound.

Citizens are encouraged to test their smoke alarms. In addition, firefighters suggest that each family make a fire escape plan with at least two routes of escape and a meeting place outside. These simple tasks can mean the difference between life and death.

For more information:
Alan S. Harris, Public Information Officer
Office:(407) 665-5113 Pager: (407) 665-9059

Media Contact:
County Manager's Office
1101 East First Street
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: (407) 665-7212
Fax: (407) 665-7958