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WCFR reminds citizens to practice fire safety during COVID-19 pandemic

24 March 2020 Covid19 Front Royal/Warren County News

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) Chief Richard Mabie and Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico are reminding citizens to practice fire safety after a county home was destroyed in a fire this past Sunday.

As schools close their doors and events and activities are being cancelled or postponed, we find ourselves spending more time than ever in our homes, which significantly increases the risk of fire.

The Warren County Fire and Rescue Department encourages the practice of fire safety with these tips:

  • Be on alert when cooking and always remain in the kitchen while doing so
  • Institute a “no smoking” policy in the home
  • Switch to flameless candles
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home
  • Replace smoke alarms and batteries when necessary
  • Test smoke alarms to make sure they are operating properly
  • Develop and map out a fire escape plan:
    • Plan two ways to escape from each room
    • Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily
    • Identify secondary routes
    • Designate an outside meeting place
  • Practice your at home fire drill
    • The National Fire Protection Association indicates that 71% of Americans have a home fire escape plan but only 47% have practiced it. Practice your fire drill with everyone in the house at night and during the day, twice a year.

“During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Now is the opportune time to learn what to do to keep you, your family and your home safe,” said Maiatico.

WCFR is still providing free smoke alarms to the community although some modifications have been made to the program to ensure the safety of responders. To learn more, visit the department’s website or call 540-636-3830.

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