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Firefighters stress safety during National Fire Prevention Week

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FRANKLIN CO. -- October 8 through 14 marks National Fire Prevention Week. First responders across the country are reminding communities about practicing prevention.

Fire Chief Ron Learned of the Christopher Fire Department is one of the thousands of fire leaders working to save lives everyday.

"Prevention keeps people from creating situations that may start a fire or enhance a fire," Learned said. "Take the time to think about situations and protect yourself and your families."

He stressed the importance of habits like checking your furnaces annually, making sure you have working fire alarms, having an escape plan and keeping candles away from curtains, children and pets.

Fire leaders hope to change the stats reported by the National Fire Protection Association, which show U.S Fire Departments responded to a fire every 23 seconds in 2015.

"Simple things like not playing with matches, watching your candles, checking your furnace and your fire place, those are easy steps that can prevent a disaster and heartbreak," said former fireman Bill Klein, of Franklin County's Central Dispatch.

Klein and Chief Learned hope people will take prevention seriously, to help avoid future fires.

"We trained for many hours and many years and to save one life would be worth it all," Learned said.

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