The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation establishing the week of Oct. 7-13, 2018 as fire prevention week in the Township.
Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski presented the proclamation to Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Prevention Coordinator Russell Rauch.
Mr. Orchowski said, "The Township of Upper St. Clair is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our Township.
"Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the location where people are at greatest risk from fire. U.S. fire departments responded to 352,000 home fires in 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association, that resulted in 2,735 civilian deaths, representing a majority (4 out of 5) of all U.S. fire deaths. The fire death rate per 1,000 home fires reported to U.S. fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.
"Residents should identify places in their home where fires can start and eliminate those hazards. Working fire alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half, therefore residents should install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home. Residents should listen for the sound of the smoke alarm and when it sounds respond by going outside immediately to the designated meeting place. Residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire.
"The Township of Upper St. Clair first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education. Residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes.
"The 2018 Fire Prevention Week theme, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware -- fire can happen anywhere," effectively serves to remind us that we need to take personal steps to increase our safety from fire.
"The Board of Commissioners urges all residents to be aware of their surroundings, look for available ways out in the event of a fire, respond when a smoke alarm sounds by exiting the building immediately, and to support the public safety activities and efforts of the Township of Upper St. Clair's fire and emergency services during Fire Prevention Week 2018."
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