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State Fire Marshal & CFO Alex Sink Recognizes Fire Prevention Week 2010

10/4/2010

CONTACT: Jerri Franz or Jayme O’Rourke, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE— Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink today recognized Fire Prevention Week 2010 by inviting Floridians to take part in this year’s National Fire Protection Association campaign, titled: “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!”
During Fire Prevention Week, October 3 -9, State Fire Marshal officials are participating in events across the state focusing on the campaign which is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection.
 
“By taking a few proactive steps, Floridians can reduce the threats that fires pose to our property, forests, and even our lives,” said CFO Sink. “Many fire hazards go undetected and that is why it is important to follow a few simple rules beginning with educating not only yourself, but also your family members.  By doing this, Floridians can help better protect their families and the firefighters sworn to help them.”
 
The Florida Cabinet passed a resolution sponsored by CFO Sink in support of Fire Prevention Week 2010 during last week’s Cabinet meeting.  Last year, 159 deaths in Florida occurred as a result of fires, and more than 1,000 citizens, including 263 firefighters, were injured in fire-related incidents. Home and property damage from fires in Florida cost approximately $430 million. 
Quick fire safety tips for Floridians to keep in mind during Fire Prevention Week include:
 
Test your smoke alarms every month.  Get your kids involved by creating a monthly reminder sheet.
Change the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year.  It helps to coordinate this during the time changes.
You and your family should develop and practice a home fire escape plan.
 
As State Fire Marshal, CFO Sink aims to educate citizens and her State Fire Marshal Division holds numerous educational seminars and training throughout the year.  The Bureau of Fire Prevention annually inspects more than 17,690 public and private buildings including public schools, university facilities and adult living facilities. Also, the Bureau regulates the handling of explosives materials, promotes boiler safety, and works with fire system installation contractors to ensure public safety.
 
For more information and fire safety tips, visit CFO Sink’s State Fire Marshal website at http://www.myfloridacfo.com/sfm/ or the National Fire Protection Agencies web site at http://www.nfpa.org/.
 
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