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 22,500 home fires in 2013, with 408 of those fires resulting in reported injuries, and 70 resulting in deaths, according to the Virginia Fire Incident Reporting System (VFIRS); and

WHEREAS, in reported home fires, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires 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 2014 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” 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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 5, 2014, as FIRE PREVENTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.