MADISON, W.Va. — October 9 through 15 was Fire Prevention Week for 2016.
According to the press release from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week was “Don’t Wait: Check the Date!”
Captain Joey Smith from the Madison Volunteer Fire Department suggested some tips to help in the prevention of fires in your home.
Smith said, “Clean out the dust in your furnace before turning it on for the season and keep all flammable items away from heat sources.”
According to Smith local fire departments are still handing out smoke alarms to people if they are in need of them for their homes.
Smith also stated they will also give out replacement nine volt batteries so people can change the batteries in their smoke alarms.
According to Smith smoke alarm batteries should be changed in the spring and fall averaging every six months or when the time changes.
According the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) website they have been working for three years to educate the public about smoke alarms.
The website goes on to state that based on the data from a survey the NFPA took the reason behind this three year effort in smoke alarm education is due to the public’s many misconceptions about smoke alarms.
In the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s press release people should replace their smoke alarms every ten years. If they are unsure of how old the alarm is there is a manufacture date on the back of the alarm.
According to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s press release, “Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which claimed 250 lives, left 100,000 people homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres in October 1871.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]