As people start thinking about fall activities, the Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services Division reminds everyone about the 2007 National Fire Prevention Week scheduled Oct. 7 - 13.
While fire safety is important all year, firefighters across the nation set aside one week a year to focus attention on fire safety. Fires take lives, cause serious injury and destroy property. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the following statistics from 2005 detail occurrences in the United States:
• 3,675 civilians lost their lives as the result of fire.
• 17,925 civilian injuries occurred as the result of fire.
• 83 percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in homes.
• 115 firefighters were killed while on duty.
• Fires killed more Americans than all natural disasters combined.
• 1.6 million fires were reported. Many others went unreported, causing additional injuries and property loss.
• Direct property loss due to fires was estimated at $10.7 billion.
• An estimated 31,500 intentionally-set structure fires resulted in 315 civilian deaths.
• Intentionally-set structure fires resulted in an estimated $664 million in property damage.
In recognition of National Fire Prevention week, the Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services Division will have displays at the Fort Lee Post Exchange Oct. 9 and 13, and at the Fort Lee Commissary Oct. 10. Information on various fire prevention tools will be available, and Fort Lee firefighters will be on hand to answer any questions.
An open house at Fire Station 2 will be held Oct. 13 for anyone wishing to view the new fire station. More information on other activities will be published in following editions of the Traveller.
For fire safety related questions, call Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services at (804) 734-6597.