October 4-10, 2015: Fire Prevention Week

WHEREAS, Last year, home fires killed more than 91 Michigan citizens, and according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, fire departments throughout the state responded to nearly 13,764 home fires in 2014; and,

WHEREAS, People are at greatest risk from fire in their homes; half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep; and,

WHEREAS, Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half; nonworking smoke alarms are usually due to batteries that are missing, disconnected, or dead; and,

WHEREAS, The people of Michigan are urged to install and maintain smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement; practice a home fire escape plan to be better prepared and more likely to survive a fire; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and,

WHEREAS, The 2015 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” effectively serves to remind us that we need working smoke alarms to give us the time to get out safely;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim, Sunday, October 4 through Saturday, October 10, 2015 as Fire Prevention Week in Michigan.