Fire Prevention Week


WHEREAS, uncontrolled fires are a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, especially within homes where people are at greatest risk; and

WHEREAS, Virginia fire departments responded to more than 45,000 home fires in 2013/2014, with 840 of those fires resulting in civilian fire injuries, according to the Virginia Fire Incident Reporting System (VFIRS); and

WHEREAS, in reported home fires, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in half; and

WHEREAS, Virginia residents should install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home; and

WHEREAS, Virginia residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire; and

WHEREAS, the 2015 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Hear the beep where you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm” reminds us that we need working smoke alarms to give us the time to escape safely; and

WHEREAS, Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity for Virginians to educate themselves on the best practices necessary to prevent fires from spreading and to actively plan for escape routes if emergency strikes and to thank the brave men and woman who serve as firefighters;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 4-10, 2015, as FIRE PREVENTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.