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October is Fire Prevention Month

Article Published 09/27/2009

LAYTON — “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.” On the surface this may appear as just a clever national fire safety campaign slogan. In real-life situations, however, the more you know and teach others about the dangers of fire can save lives and prevent serious injury and damaging consequences.

Part of the National Fire Awareness Campaign involves Layton Fire officials reminding residents to stay fire smart during October, National Fire Prevention month. In conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association, the focus of City Fire officials is teaching residents ways to keep homes fire safe and prevent painful burns.

In addition, local fire safety educators will be helping citizens plan and practice fire drills and escape routes from a home in case a fire occurs.

A fun, informative and effective way to learn and implement these important ideas and skills is by attending Layton City's Annual Kendall O. Bryant Fire Prevention Open House, September 30 October 14, at Fire Station 51, 530 North 2200 West.

The open house activities will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. There will be plenty of events and fun for the entire family, so come and join City officials as they kick-off National Fire Prevention Week.

In addition, this year, Fire officials will be partnering with Layton Emergency Preparedness experts and will simultaneously host an Emergency Preparedness Fair in the park east of the Fire Station. Parking for this event will be held at the Ellison Elementary School parking lot. A free shuttle will be available to the Fire Station.

Still not convinced you need to be fire smart? Statistics don't lie. In fact, they are staggering. Each year roughly 3,000 people die because of home fires and burns. More than 200,000 are seen in the nation’s emergency rooms for burn injuries.

According to Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, most Americans underestimate their risk for fire, and many either lack emergency response plans – or fail to practice with fire drills.

As the cliché goes, once a child touches a hot stove the child has learned a lesson to stay away from the heat. However, this cliché does not take into account the pain and suffering from burns. These types of injuries should not be part of the learning process.

This is why for the past 80 years the President of the United States has signed a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10 this year). This week signals national support of fire departments as they teach fire safety in their communities.

Please join City leaders and Fire officials on October 14, for the open house as they strive to raise fire knowledge and awareness in the community. For more information please contact the Fire Department at (801) 336-3940.

For additional information and fun activities on Fire Prevention Week, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.