WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (October 3, 2019) –
During the week of October 6 - 12, 2019, the West Palm Beach Fire Department (WPBFD) will team up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote Fire Prevention Week. The annual event focuses on public education to drastically reduce casualties caused by fire. The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The goal of the campaign is to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
“While house fires have shown a decline over the last few years in West Palm Beach, we want to residents to know that in a typical house fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds,” said Peter LeDuc, West Palm Beach Fire Marshal. “Practicing an escape plan can give people enough time to get out of a dangerous fire situation.”
The West Palm Beach Fire Department has three quick tips you can take today to help fire-proof your home:
- Give your water heater space: Remove clutter and debris near your water heater. Be sure to drain and service the heater at least once every two years to prevent buildup.
- Check power strips: Pull plugs and look for burn marks or melting - warning signs of a potential fire.
- Watch your electrical box: Call a qualified electrician if you have frequent problems with blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers.
More than 1.3 million fires were reported by fire departments in 2018, which resulted in over 3,600 deaths and over 15,000 injuries. During Fire Prevention Week, be on the lookout for more fire prevention tips from your West Palm Beach firefighters. Follow the department on social media @wpbfire. Additionally, you may view fire safety tips, by visiting firepreventionweek.org
Celebrating its 125th
anniversary in 2019, the WPBFD’s mission is to perform lifesaving services with a community-first focus. The department responds annually to approximately 27,000 emergency calls from nine fire stations staffed by 246 personnel who, individually, receive almost 100,000 hours of training to respond to all emergency situations. The WPBFD is supported by the agency’s Fire Prevention Bureau, which works to prevent fires before they start, by conducting more than 7,200 inspections of new and existing commercial properties. For fire prevention questions, please call the WPBFD Prevention Bureau at (561) 804-4724 (TTY 800-955-8771).