2017 Fire Prevention Week

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News Date: 
October 18, 2017

Each year in October, we as a nation remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which resulted in the deaths of more than 250 people, left 100,000 without homes, and destroyed more than 17,400 structures. This year we witnessed multiple Northern California fires, including the Santa Rosa fire where at least 5,700 homes, businesses, and other structures have burned, and 41 people have died. Remembering these historic events help us to understand the importance of fire safety, fire codes and personal preparedness.

Fire Prevention Week annually designates a theme to encourage Americans to look at the fire safety issues in their homes. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!” to reinforce the importance of everyone needing an emergency escape plan. Whether at home or out in the community, it is important to have in mind a second way to exit any building or situation.

This year the Salinas Fire Department celebrated Fire Prevention Week from October 8th to October 14th by hosting an open house and ice cream party at each station throughout the week. The Fire Department welcomed over 1,000 community members in their fire stations, along with a few City Council members! Besides free ice cream, fire safety knowledge and material were distributed to community members. For all who attended an open house, they were entered into a raffle which local businesses supported with generous donations. The event demonstrated a strong endeavor of promoting fire safety in the City of Salinas. If anyone missed out on attending an Open House and would like to obtain fire prevention and safety materials that were distributed, please contact Fire Inspector Sabrina Webb at 831-758-7465 or sabrinaw [at] ci.salinas.ca.us

Enjoy a Fire Safe Halloween!