Please see the attached Public Service Announcement by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.
UPDATE: Correction made to the PDF by the WVSFMO.
PRESS RELEASE: Arson Awareness Week 2013
Please view the corrected Arson Awareness Week 2013 PRESS RELEASE APR Corrected
Daylight Savings Time (DST) starts Sunday, March 10.
DST is a good time to observe the long-standing “Change Your Clock Change Your Battery” program, created by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
This campaign reminds everyone as they set their clocks ahead for DST, it’s also a great time to test and to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s quick and easy—and it could save your life!
For more information, please visit: http://www.energizer.com/
Preventing fires in your home by making sure you take safety precautions when cooking, heating, smoking, using candles and other open-flame items, and maintaining appliances are the very best things you can do to protect your family from fire. “While preventing home fires in our state is always our number one priority, it’s not always possible,” says State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis, Jr. “West Virginians need to provide the best protection to keep their homes and families safe in the event of a fire. This can be achieved by developing an escape plan you practice regularly and equipping homes with life-saving technologies like home fire sprinklers and smoke alarms.”
What are some easy ways to plan ahead—in case you actually have a fire—to make certain you and your family can escape safely? More than 369,500 home fires were reported in the United States in 2010. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), your best defense is a good offense. That’s why the State Fire Marshal’s Office is teaming up with NFPA during the October 7-13, 2012, to let West Virginians know: “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Have 2 Ways Out!” This year’s campaign focuses on home escape plans, including knowing two ways out.
West Virginia fire departments need your help! Every year, fire departments in the United States respond to more than 350,000 home fires, resulting in at least 2,500 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries. In some instances, fire-related injuries might have been prevented if the victims had received fire safety tips, installed working smoke alarms or practiced an escape plan.
A fire department’s first line of protection is educating the community. Each year, during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13, 2012), many local firefighters throughout West Virginia will be educating children in fire safety and prevention during classroom visits, as well as teaching older adults and providing lifesaving information to people with disabilities.
However, as municipal budgets tighten, the supply of the materials they use in these trainings is at risk. With the help of an online tool, fire departments are now able to invite others to purchase materials they need. Similar to a modern bridal registry, Sparky’s Wish List™ allows fire departments to register for the items they need (like DVDs, posters, stickers, etc.), and community members go online to make the purchases. The cost of individual items starts at just $12.50, and the materials will be sent directly to the fire department.
Currently, ten (10) fire departments from all across our state have created wish lists, including Charleston FD, Bradley-Prosperity VFD, Triune-Halleck VFD, Buffalo VFD, Winfield VFD, Hedgesville VFD, Nutter Fort FD, South Charleston FD, Maysville VFD and Ghent Area VFD.
For many years, West Virginia has continued to have one of the highest fire death rates in the nation. Sixty-four (64) West Virginians died in what were mostly preventable fires between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
Through additional fire safety education support, we can help our firefighters combat that figure. On behalf of Sparky’s Wish List and National Fire Protection Association, I urge your participation, and thank you for your support. For more information, including how to help, visit www.sparkyswishlist.org/give.
Deputy State Fire Marshal
Public Education Division
(304) 558-2191, Ext. 53223
WVSFMO 2012 Campus Fire Safety Press Release.
Please refer to this document – Clothing Dryer Safety Bulletin 2012.
The Gail Ash Award is a very prestigious award given every year by the West Virginia State Fireman’s Association, Fire Prevention Committee to the Fire Dept. that does an outstanding job all year long educating the citizens of the Great State of West Virginia in preventing fires.
Gail Ash was a life member of Weirton Volunteer Company #1, of Weirton WV and a life member of the WVSFA. He was instrumental in Fire Prevention and Education of the Public, as well as active in the fire service his entire adult life. This award was created to keep his memory and accomplishments fresh and alive in the hearts of those who follow in the fire service, and strive for a better quality of life for not just West Virginians but all of mankind.
Here are the Guidelines for applying for the Gail Ash Award:
1.) Each Fire Prevention submission for the Gail Ash Award will run from July of convention year to July of the following year.
2.) Deadline for eligibility must be postmarked by the second Saturday in July before the convention where it will be awarded.
3.) All Fire Prevention activities must be documented (i.e., newspaper clippings, video tape, pictures, etc.).
4.) All activities must deal directly with Fire Prevention.
5.) All submissions are to be sent to the Fire Prevention Committee Chairperson.
6.) Any submissions postmarked after the second Saturday in July will not be considered for the award, but will be displayed for viewing at the convention.
7.) All submissions will be returned to the respective fire department after the convention.
Send submissions to:
Justin Ratcliff – Chairperson
WVSFA Fire Prevention Committee
Rt. 3 Box 283
Ridgeley, WV 26753
“In addition to fire safety inspections, a significant number of man-hours were expended conducting fire safety training and educational programs, complaint investigations, assisting the Fire Investigation Division and department training. Additional educational programs include: in-service training to county school maintenance and educational staffs, presentations to the West Virginia Landlords Association, Department of Health and Human Services social workers, West Virginia Advocate employees day care and Residential Board & Care providers and the West Virginia Hospital Engineers Association,” the report states.