Prepare for National Fire Prevention Week

‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’ this year’s theme

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – What’s the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course. With more than 360,000 home fires reported in the United States according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), your best defense is a good offense. That’s why the Alpharetta Fire Department is teaming up with NFPA during the week of Oct. 6 through Oct. 13 to let the community know: “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your family from fire.”

This year’s theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” focuses on educating the public on the importance of fire prevention in the kitchen and how to prevent cooking fires. Kitchen fires are the leading origin of home fires in the United States.

“Thousands of people die annually in home fires. Nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented by taking a few simple precautions like having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan, keeping things that can burn away from the stove and always turning off space heaters before going to bed,” said David Morris, fire marshal of the Alpharetta Fire Department. “Fire is a dangerous opponent, but by anticipating the hazards, you are much less likely to be one of the nearly 13,000 people injured in home fires each year.

“While preventing home fires in Alpharetta is always our No. 1 priority, it is not always possible,” Morris said. “Alpharetta residents 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 which you practice regularly and equipping homes with lifesaving technologies like smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers.”

For more information on National Fire Prevention Week and local events, visit www.NFPA.org.