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Fire Prevention Week

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Officials with the Carbondale Fire Department encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” which is this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, this year in Illinois there have been 95 home fire fatalities and in 2017 there were 114. Between 1990 and 2017 there were 105 on-duty firefighter deaths. So far this year, there's been one. 

Cooking and heating in homes continue to be the leading causes of fires in Illinois.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme highlights three steps that people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

  • Look for places that fires could start.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Learn two ways out of every room.

"The last couple of years we've had a slight increase in actual working fires," said Aaron Hine, the assistant chief of Carbondale Fire Department.

The National Fire Protection Association provides the following list of safety tips:

• Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. 
• Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
• Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
• Close doors behind you as you leave - this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

For more information, visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.

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