Mike Erfert of the Yuma Fire Department says something as simple as a fire drill can save lives
From October 3rd to 9th it is the National Fire Safety Week
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Yuma Fire Department Public Information Officer Mike Erfert credits annual Fire Safety Week to the decline in deaths in the United States.
At the turn of the 20th century, according to Erfert, tens of thousands of fire deaths were not uncommon. Compare that to today, when the US has between 3,000 and 4,000 deaths a year.
Because of these numbers, there is the National Fire Prevention Week. An idea that emerged after the fires in Wisconsin and Illinois in 1871, in which nearly 3,000 people died.
Erfert says that something as tedious as a fire brigade drill can make the difference between life and death. According to Erfert, families should draw up an escape plan, if possible even display what to do in the event of a fire.
Another simple action that will save countless lives is to replace the batteries in the home’s smoke alarms. Erfert says most house fires start in the kitchen, and the main cause is likely the stove.
According to the Yuma Fire Department, they reacted to two hearth fires and a house fire between September 19 and 25, which investigators identified as unattended food on the stove.
During the fire protection week, fire departments across the country will hold presentations and exercises to promote fire protection.