State Fire Marshal Encourages West Virginians
To Take part in Fire Prevention Week
October 7-13, 2012

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.

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