Carrboro and Chapel Hill have joined fire departments around the country in celebrating the National Fire Protection Association’s 100th annual Fire Prevention Week, which is from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15.
Fire departments participating in Fire Prevention Week seek to educate children, adults and teachers about how to stay safe during fires. This year, the campaign — “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” — aims to teach about the things people can do to protect their homes from fire.
Fire Prevention Week provides an opportunity for the National Fire Prevention Association and local fire departments to encourage people to take steps to make an escape plan in the case of fire and to spread information about prevention measures.
NFPA released key fire safety tips on escape planning, apartment safety, home fire sprinklers, campus fire safety and smoke alarms.
“We just take this opportunity for this week in October to really emphasize the fire safety importance,” Chapel Hill Fire Inspector Chris Covington said.
In the last fiscal year, the Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to 3,737 calls — even with a staff reduction of 12 members during the year. The Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department responded to 1,761 calls in that same period.
Not all calls signal an active fire. Firefighters respond to events from heart attacks to vehicle accidents to active house fires.
Sammy Slade, a member of the Carrboro Town Council, said the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department does their job for the community, plus much more.
“It’s not just putting out fires, it's responding quickly to emergencies and helping people make sure their houses are prepared for fires,” he said.