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Emergency Services Observes Fire Prevention Week

Oct 09, 2019

Cumberland County Emergency Services is observing Fire Prevention Week this week as part of the National Fire Protection Association’s annual campaign. The theme for the week, which runs Oct. 6 – 12, is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.”

 

The campaign aims to remind residents to create and practice a fire escape plan for their homes and make sure all family members know what to do in case of a fire. The National Fire Protection Association’s website at nfpa.org/fpw has useful information such as how-to guides for making a fire escape plan, videos and activities for children.

 

Residents are reminded to inspect and test smoke alarms monthly. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom in a house, outside each sleeping area and on every level including the basement. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

 

Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1922 and is held in October around the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which claimed the lives of more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.

 

Cumberland Alerts

Cumberland County residents are encouraged to sign up for Cumberland Alerts, a free emergency notification system that sends severe weather, evacuation or protective action information by text, phone or email. Go to the County’s website at co.cumberland.nc.us and click on the Cumberland Alerts icon to sign up or call 910-321-6736.