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Fire Prevention Week Runs October 4 – 10

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OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Common Council President Eric VanBuren presented a proclamation at this week’s council meeting recognizing Fire Prevention Week.

Council President Eric VanBuren, right, presents the proclamation of Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie
Council President Eric VanBuren, right, presents the proclamation of Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie

He encouraged all city residents to install smoke alarms in their residences, on every level including the basement.

He presented Oswego Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie with the proclamation.

To help drive home the importance of fire prevention, the Oswego Fire Department will host an open house – safety day on Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the department headquarters, East Cayuga Street.

“This popular annual event brings awareness to Fire Prevention Week, which begins Monday. The public is encouraged to visit the fire station for some family fun, while learning how to stay safe,” according to Lt. Paul Conzone.

Oswego firefighters will be on hand to talk with the public and conduct station tours, apparatus tours and to have some fun with the kids.

Many other local public safety agencies will be at the station supporting the event such as the Oswego Police Department, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, the US Coast Guard, SUNY Oswego Public Safety, the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office, and the Oswego County Traffic Safety Council.

Lowe’s will be at the event and will have representatives on hand with their “Make and Take crafts, and the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau will be at the station as well.

Kids will be able to try on firefighting gear, get their faces painted, spray water from a real fire hose, have some fun playing games and learning about safety.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York reminds all New Yorkers of the importance of having working smoke alarms throughout their homes.

This year’s fire prevention theme, from the National Fire Protection Association – “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep” – is an effort to ensure that people have working smoke alarms installed in their bedrooms.

smoke detectorAccording to the NFPA, approximately half of all fire deaths occur during the typical sleeping hours of 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.

All too often, people are woken up by fire and smoke rather than the beep of a smoke alarm and have little chance of a safe escape.

The NFPA recommends having smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Further NFPA research demonstrates that two thirds of all fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or working smoke alarms.

“Smoke alarms are the single most important appliance in your home,” said FASNY President Robert McConville. “Though every week is Fire Prevention Week for firefighters, we ask the public to take this time to ensure their homes are properly fitted with working smoke alarms. This is the most critical step we all can take to avoid tragedy.”

FASNY is supporting state legislation which would require that all smoke alarms sold in New York State to be equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries capable of powering the device for at least 10 years.

This legislation, sponsored by State Senator John Flanagan and Assemblymember Joseph Morelle, has passed both the State Senate and Assembly and awaits the Governor’s call.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm precautions to take:

·        Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

·        Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.

·        Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

·        Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.

·        Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep,” visit NFPA’s website at http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week.

About FASNY

Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State.

For more information, visit www.fasny.com