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Posted on: October 11, 2022

Chief Franco Offers Safety Caution Tips

City Fire Chief Joe Franco reminded residents that Sunday marked the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored this public awareness campaign, and, in 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance.

This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” is aimed at educating everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

The city’s Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme and plan and practice a home fire escape.

Regarding potential fire hazards, Chief Franco said, “Lithium ion device fires and the uptick we’ll see in usage of wood-burning chimneys this winter are my two biggest concerns. Many of these lithium ion battery-powered bikes, scooters and other devices are inside multiple residence apartments and even hallways.”

The Fire Chief also noted that as fuel prices rise, “We will see long-dormant fireplace chimneys being used to offset high heating costs with firewood. Many that have moved into the City may not have any knowledge of safely using a fireplace or chimney. All existing chimneys and fireplaces should be inspected for any previous flue damage by a professional and cleaned by same.”

Learn more about:

National Fire Prevention week here,  
 
EV charging safety here
  
Chimney fires here

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