October 2018: Fire Prevention Month

WHEREAS, last year, home fires killed 96 Michigan residents in 86 residential fatal fires, and fire departments throughout the state responded to nearly 13,997 home fires in 2017, according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System; and,

WHEREAS, the majority of U.S. fire deaths (four out of five) occur at home each year, and if you have a fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago, according to the National Fire Protection Association; and,

WHEREAS, today’s home fires grow in size faster than ever, typically allowing as little as one to two minutes to escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds due to today’s home furnishings burning faster, producing more toxic gases and smoke; and,

WHEREAS, having working smoke alarms on every level of the home can cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half, and can mean the difference between life and death if a fire does occur; and,

WHEREAS, Michiganders are urged to develop and practice a home fire escape plan that includes identifying two exits from every room in their home. Often, the fastest path to the outside during a fire is closing a bedroom door and exiting out a window and then moving to a designated meeting place; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s first responders and the state’s Community Risk Reduction Task Force are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through fire prevention education so residents can take personal steps to increase their safety from fire in their homes; and,

WHEREAS, the 2018 Fire Prevention Month theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere” identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk of fires and be prepared in the event of one: Look for places fire can start; Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm; and Learn two ways out of each room;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2018 as Fire Prevention Month in Michigan.