Monday, October 05, 2009
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Illinois hosts Fire Prevention Week

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[October 05, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- The Illinois state fire marshal is urging fire safety and prevention with this year's Fire Prevention Week, which started Sunday.

HardwareOfficials say there were more than 5,300 residential fires in Illinois last year that left 137 people dead and caused more than $171 million in property damage. Acting State Fire Marshal Dave DeFraties says the statistics are tragic because "most fires can be prevented and the deaths and injuries associated with them can be avoided."

The theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week is "Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned." Officials say the goal is to provide safety information to the public.


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