Redmond, WA – The Redmond Fire Department is joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in observing national Fire Prevention Week, October 7 – 12. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
The Redmond Fire Department will host a series of open houses at local fire stations throughout Fire Prevention Week. The open houses provide an opportunity for residents to make a home escape plan, meet Sparky the Fire Dog, tour a local fire station, try on bunker gear, and climb aboard the fire engines that Redmond Fire uses to serve the City.
NFPA statistics show that in 2017, U.S. Fire Departments responded to 357,000 structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016 in the United States.
“Home fires continue to be a serious risk, but planning and preparation improves safety and saves lives,” said Redmond Fire Chief Tommy Smith. “Fire Prevention Week is a great opportunity for community members to meet their local firefighters and learn about fire safety.”
For the complete schedule of fire station open houses and to read more about Fire Prevention Week, visit www.redmond.gov/FireWeek.