Fire Prevention Week activities are planned by the Lehighton Fire Department tonight and at the Lansford and Summit Hill Fire Departments Thursday.
In an effort to better educate communities throughout the U.S. about smoke alarm recommendations, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA ) is promoting "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" as the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 3-9, which the Lehighton Fire Department is supporting locally.
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 88 years.
The Lehighton Fire Department, located at 140 South 3rd Street, will be hosting an Open House today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to promote "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" locally, and to help Lehighton residents understand NFPA's smoke alarm recommendations.
"Many homes in Lehighton may not have any smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old, or alarms that are not working," says John Kuller, Jr., Chief of the Lehighton Fire Department. "We want residents to understand that working smoke alarms are needed in every home, on every level (including the basement), outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. And, if a smoke alarm is 10 years old or older, it needs to be replaced."
According to Steve Ebbert, Fire Prevention Coordinator for the Lehighton Fire Department, smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. NFPA statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. But they must be working properly to do so.
The annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest, which is sponsored by the Fire Department, is currently under way and judging will be conducted during the Open House. Students who submit a poster for the contest may see it on display in the fire station during the Open House. The Fire Department's apparatus and equipment will be on display and fire prevention lessons will be provided.
Information will also be available to any resident 14 years of age or older who would be interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter.
An open house will be held at the Diligence Fire Company, West Ludlow Street, Summit Hill, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Fire Chief Shawn Hoben said the open house will allow residents of the community to see their newly constructed building.
There will be fire prevention materials available.
Hoben said those attending are also urged to look over the fire company's apparatus.
Refreshments will be served.
American Fire Co. No. 1 of Lansford is supporting the U.S. Fire Administration's "Install, Inspection, Protection" campaign, encouraging residents to install smoke alarms and sprinklers.
The fire company will be distributing informational materials at an open house event on Thursday, October 7, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the firehouse located at 26 East Patterson Street, Lansford.
"The American Fire Co. #1 of Lansford is proud to be a partner with the USFA in this very relevant campaign" said Joseph Greco, 2nd Assistant Fire Chief. "Far too many people, nationwide, die in fires as a result of not having working smoke alarms or sprinklers. One person killed in a home fire is just too many. Together, we can educate our communities and help save lives."
When both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are present in a home, the risk of dying in a fire is reduced by 82 percent, when compared to a residence without either. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.