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[October 06, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Office of the
State Fire Marshal is joining with fire service organizations across
the state to encourage everyone to "Prevent Home Fires!" during Fire
Prevention Week 2008, Oct. 5-11. Last year in Illinois, there were
10,669 residential fires, resulting in 175 deaths, 784 injuries and
more than $193 million in property damage.
"It's important to inspect your home for fire hazards on a regular
basis. If you find something, fix it right away; don't put it off
and say ‘I'll do it tomorrow,'" said State Fire Marshal David B.
Foreman. "In addition, families should develop and practice an
This year's theme focuses on preventing fires in the home -- where
we spend most of our time and where 80 percent of fire deaths occur.
The leading causes of home fires in Illinois are cooking and heating
According to the most recent statistics from the
National Fire Protection Association, more than 2,500 people died in
home fires across the United States in 2006, and 12,500 were
Foreman offers the following tips to protect your family and
loved ones from fire:
Cooking: Stay in
the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If
you leave the kitchen for even a short period time, turn off the
Heating: Keep all
things that can burn -- such as paper, bedding or furniture --
at least three feet away from heating equipment.
Replace cracked and damaged electrical cords; use extension
cords for temporary wiring only. Consider having additional
circuits or receptacles added by a qualified electrician.
Smoking: If you smoke, smoke outside;
wherever you smoke, use deep, sturdy ashtrays.
For more information about fire safety, visit
Office of the State Fire
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