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Overloaded circuits. Unattended candles. Cooking food left unwatched. All are common causes for house fires. All are so easily preventable.
Next week, local firefighters will begin their annual fire prevention efforts, helping to arm our community's students with the tools they need to prevent fires and how to react in the event of a fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, last year, U.S. fire departments responded to 386,500 home fires. These fires killed 2,755 people. Eighty-three percent of all fire deaths resulted from home fires. Someone was injured in a home fire every 40 minutes and roughly eight people died in home fires every day during 2008. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, accounting for 40 percent of reported fires.
We've seen firsthand from covering fire prevention events in the past that children really do retain this information. Children could very well be the front line of defense against home fires, urging mom and dad to follow safety precautions.
Beginning Oct. 19, Campbellsville Fire Department will make sure students at Campbellsville Independent, Taylor County and Kentucky Christian schools remember the basics.
Assistant Chief Bill Hall said this year's program will focus on the basics, things like stop, drop and roll and the dangers of playing with fire.
These are things the students have no doubt heard before. But, as the old saying goes, practice makes perfect.
Most children learn better with hands-on activities, and the prevention week activities are full of that - in addition to stop, drop and roll, students in the past have learned to feel doors for heat, place towels under doors to prevent smoke from entering a room, test smoke detectors, use fire extinguishers and more.
So, next week when your child comes home from school talking about fire safety, be sure to listen. It could save your life and your family.