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BernCo Commission Declares October 9-15 As Fire Prevention Week


On Sept. 27, the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed October 9-15, 2016 as Fire Prevention Week and urged all people of Bernalillo County to protect their homes and families by heeding the important safety messages of Fire Prevention Week 2016, and to support the many public safety activities and efforts of the Bernalillo County Fire Department.

Bernalillo County is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our county, and fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to 494,000 home fires in 2015 and the Bernalillo County Fire Department responded to 92 residential structure fires.

Home fires killed more than 2,860 people in the United States in 2015, including 1 in Bernalillo County and 27 in New Mexico.

Residential fires cost in excess of $14.3 billion in property damage including $1.03 million in Bernalillo County.

In one-fifth of all homes with smoke alarms, the smoke alarms are not working.

 Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms or with no working smoke alarms.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires by over 50 percent and automatic fire sprinkler systems cut the risk of dying in a home fire by approximately 80 percent.

Many Americans don’t know the age of the smoke alarms in their homes, or the frequency that they should be replaced.

Bernalillo County first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention, protection and education.

The 2016 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” effectively serves to educate the public about the vital importance of replacing the smoke alarms at least every ten years, and to determine the age of their smoke alarms by checking the date of manufacture on the back of the alarms.


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