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As Fire Prevention Week Continues, Niagara County Encourages Residents to "Look. Listen. Learn."

Author: Administrator Account/Wednesday, October 10, 2018/Categories: General

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Niagara County Fire Coordinator, Niagara County Volunteer Fire Companies and Paid Fire Companies from across the County will be observing fire prevention week this week thru Oct. 13, 2018 to highlight the importance of fire safety. 

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

The theme of this year’s event is, “Look, listen, learn. Be aware, fire can happen anywhere.” The theme emphasizes the importance of looking, listening, learning.

Niagara County Public Safety Chairman David Godfrey says this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

  • Look for places fire could start.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Learn 2 ways out of every room.

“Fire Prevention Week is so important because it raises awareness across the County so people know how to react when a fire happens,” said Legislator ­­­­­­­­­­­­Godfrey.”

“I think the most important thing is the looking part, being able to identify when you see something wrong,” Niagara County Director of Emergency Services and Fire Coordinator Jonathan Schultz said.

“The goal of fire prevention is the ability for both adults and children to identify and fix fire hazards, Schultz said.”

Niagara County Legislator Jason Zona, Public Safety Committee member and a career firefighter in Niagara Falls speaks from experience, “Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go. No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

Fire Companies across Niagara County are hosting a series of open houses and events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn.,” so be sure to reach out to your local fire company to see what activities may be taking place.

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