FLORIDA CABINET DESIGNATES FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, HONORS YOUTH WHO SAVED WOMAN FROM HOME FIRE
Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, Will Focus on Cooking Incidents
As Leading Cause of Home Fires
Governor Jeb Bush, State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher and the other members of the Florida Cabinet designated the week of Oct. 8 to14 as Fire Prevention Week in Florida and kicked off activities by honoring a young man from Navarre who, along with two other friends, helped rescue a 64-year-old woman from a home fire in July.
Tyler McArthur, 16, was presented the Cabinet’s resolution proclaiming next week as Fire Prevention Week. Early in the morning on July 5, Graves and two of his friends spotted flames and smoke coming from the garage of a home on Longview Street. They pounded on the door until a woman answered and then pulled her out to safety. Holley-Navarre Fire Department Chief Les Slocum also attended today’s Cabinet meeting. The State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire likely was caused by an electrical short in the attic.
“These young men saved a life because of their quick and brave actions,” Gallagher said. “But tragically hundreds of Floridians are killed or injured every year by fire because they don’t have a working smoke detector or a fire escape plan.”
The theme of Fire Prevention Week is “Watch What You Heat.” Nearly one-third of all home fires in Florida last year started in the kitchen, a trend that year after year has made cooking the leading cause of residential fires. Gallagher is urging Floridians to think about cooking safety, including teaching children about fire risks in the kitchen.
“It is important to be aware that there are very real risks in simple, everyday activities such as cooking,” Gallagher said. “Taking a few simple precautions can go a long way toward protecting families and homes from the devastation that fire can quickly inflict.”
Last year, 192 Floridians died and 794 were injured by fire. Those fires caused more than $304 million in damage and, in nearly half of all structure fires, there were no working smoke detectors.
During Fire Prevention Week, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Fire Prevention, will work with fire departments throughout Florida to distribute brochures with safe cooking tips and information. Titled “Watch What You Heat,” the brochure can also be viewed or downloaded at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/sfm.
Floridians can also take a quiz to test your cooking safety skills. The short quiz and the results of a national survey on kitchen fire safety are available through the National Fire Protection Association’s web site: http://www.nfpa.org.
Some of the tips in the “Watch What You Heat” brochure are:
“If a fire occurs, you may have
only a few seconds to escape,” Gallagher said. “That’s why it is critical to
have a plan that you have practiced and memorized.”