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**VIDEO RELEASE** CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Encourages Fire Safety During 2021 Fire Prevention Week

10/4/2021

 For Immediate Release: Monday, October 4, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

**VIDEO RELEASE**
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Encourages Fire Safety During 2021 Fire Prevention Week

 
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is highlighting Fire Prevention Week, which is observed throughout the week of October 3 – 9, 2021. This year’s theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” and effectively serves to educate Floridians about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. In 2020, local fire departments responded to an estimated 1.4 million fires in the United States, which is an average of one every 23 seconds. Additionally, the CFO sponsored a resolution encouraging Floridians to participate and support the many public safety activities and efforts of Florida’s fire and emergency services.

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “As State Fire Marshal, I’m committed to ensuring the safety of all Floridians and I’m urging you to participate in this year’s fire safety campaign by educating yourself on the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds can mean the difference between a safe escape – and a tragedy. It’s important for you and your family to prepare now so you can prevent fire-related tragedies in the future. Stay fire safe, Florida!”

Fire Safety Tips

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

• Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

• Make a home fire escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows and know at least two ways out of every room. Discuss the plan regularly with your family.

• Consider installing a bedside alert device that responds to the sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

• Keep pathways like hallways lit with night lights and free from clutter to make sure everyone can get out safely.

For more fire safety and prevention tips, please visit www.nfpa.org/Public-Education.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).