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Governor Proclaims October 5 - 11 as Fire Prevention Week in Oregon
10/03/2008
Colleen Olson
Oregon State Fire Marshal Office
Phone: (503) 373-1540 ext. 228

In support of National Fire Prevention Week, Governor Kulongoski has proclaimed October 5-11 as Oregon Fire Prevention Week. The Governor and State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr encourage Oregonians to regularly check their homes for the leading causes of home fires.
 
The Office of State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Life Safety Team and fire departments statewide have teamed up in support of the national fire prevention campaign, Prevent Home Fires to remind Oregonians home fire safety responsibility starts at home. Knowing the leading causes of home fires and taking action will save lives later.
 
"Citizens are the first line of defense in preventing home fires," said Oregon State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr. "Oregonians can dramatically decrease home fire deaths and injuries by paying attention to common causes of home fires such as unattended cooking, failing to keep woodstove and fireplace flues clean and inspected, and keeping things that are hot, away from what's not."
 
From 2003 through 2007 in Oregon, there have been 16,954 reported residential fires resulting in 123 deaths and 1,003 injuries. Fire Prevention Week is a good time to go through a home fire safety checklist to ensure you are doing everything you can to prevent a tragic home fire. A home fire safety checklist and tips are available from the Office of State Fire Marshal website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/FPW_2008.shtml.
 
Fire Prevention Week is observed annually throughout North America and Europe, acknowledging the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire known for destroying a large part of the city and killing 250 people on October 9, 1871.
 
For more information on fire safety, contact your local fire department or visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFMindex.shtml.