Public Protection Cabinet
Governor Declares Fire Safety Week
Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed Oct. 5-11 Fire Prevention Week in Kentucky.
In his proclamation, the governor urged Kentuckians to protect their homes and families by heeding important safety messages.
State Fire Marshal William Swope said that while Kentucky has seen dramatic decreases in fires in public buildings, home fires remain a persistent problem.
“Fire remains a substantial hazard in the home,” Swope said. “Dozens of Kentuckians lose their lives in house fires every year.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) outlines areas in which residents can take action to avoid becoming a statistic. The NFPA offers a home safety checklist that includes cooking, heating and electrical safety, and smoke alarm and fire escape plans.
The checklist underscores these points:
Ø In the kitchen, always keep the stovetop clean and uncluttered, keep children away from the stove and have an oven mitt handy.
Ø Always turn off an electric space heater when not in use, have a working chimney professionally inspected regularly and keep fuel tanks stored outside.
Ø Install smoke detectors on every level of the home and outside each bedroom; check the batteries regularly.
Ø Develop a home escape plan that includes at least two exits (usually a door and a window) in every room and identifies a place outside to gather after a fire.
The NFPA checklist is available at http://www.nfpa.org/sparky/PDF/SparkyChecklist.pdf.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is part of the Public Protection Cabinet.