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As Fire Prevention Week continues, Niagara County encourages residents to 'Look. Listen. Learn.'


Wed, Oct 10th 2018 03:05 pm
Niagara County fire coordinator, Niagara County volunteer fire companies and paid fire companies from across the county are observing Fire Prevention Week 2018 to highlight the importance of fire safety.
The National Fire Prevention Association stated today's home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, one may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.
The theme of this year's event is, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware, fire can happen anywhere." It emphasizes the importance of looking, listening and learning.
Niagara County Public Safety Chairman David Godfrey said this year's "Look. Listen. Learn." campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:
•Look for places fire could start.
•Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
•Learn two ways out of every room.
"Fire Prevention Week is so important, because it raises awareness across the county so people know how to react when a fire happens," ­­­­­­­­­­­­Godfrey said.
Niagara County Director of Emergency Services and Fire Coordinator Jonathan Schultz said, "I think the most important thing is the looking part, being able to identify when you see something wrong.
"The goal of fire prevention is the ability for both adults and children to identify and fix fire hazards."
Niagara County Legislator Jason Zona, a public safety committee member and a career firefighter in Niagara Falls, said, "Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go. No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately."
Fire companies across Niagara County are hosting a series of open houses and events in support of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign.

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