HARRISBURG – The State Senate unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) proclaiming October 2007 as “Fire Prevention Month” in Pennsylvania.
October is generally recognized as Fire Prevention Month with education and outreach events set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and annual recognition offered via Presidential proclamation.
Fire safety is a serious public safety concern locally and on a national basis, with our homes being the location of greatest fire risk. According to the NFPA, home fires killed 3,030 people in the United States in 2005 – roughly eight people every day.
Pennsylvania’s first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and the resultant injuries through a variety of fire education and prevention efforts. And research shows these prevention efforts to be promising. Individuals who plan and practice home escape plans are more likely to survive a home fire than are those who do not.
As Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Senator Baker encourages all Pennsylvanians to support the fire safety activities of the NFPA and Pennsylvania’s fire and emergency service providers. She also encourages Pennsylvanians to plan and practice home escape plans.
Baker’s district includes all of Pike, Wayne, and Wyoming counties and parts of Luzerne, Monroe, and Susquehanna counties.
Contact: Brian Grove