Fire safety is an everyday commitment for the Hinesville Fire Department. However, during National Fire Prevention Week, the Hinesville Fire Department is increasing efforts to promote fire safety and prevention by building awareness about programs offered to Hinesville residents on October 7 -13.
“Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people simply don’t take steps to fire proof their homes,” Capt. Andra Hart said. “A majority of fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, careless use of candles, smoking in bed, children playing with matches and lighters, and especially unattended cooking items left on the stove or oven.”
Fires are preventable and it is the responsibility of individuals to use caution when handling flammable materials. Take a vow to begin this week becoming educated about fire safety and prevention, then practicing it throughout the year. The following Fire Safety Checklist is a step in the right direction to prevention — Install and maintain a working smoke alarm; designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly; designate a meeting place outside of the home in case of a fire; learn the “Stop, Drop and Roll” technique in case clothing catches on fire; teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools for adults only, not toys. Also, keep these items out of reach from children; and have a working ABC fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
The HFD is proactive with fire safety education and prevention. If you would like the Department to provide fire safety education and prevention to your school or organization, call (912) 876- 4143 or email email@example.com.