Two local fire departments give community members fire prevention tips


JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - According to the National Fire Prevention Association, in 2020 3,500 civilians died in fires, 15,200 civilians were injured and fires caused $21.9 billion dollars in property damage.


This week is National Fire Prevention Week and it’s spent educating the public on how to stay safe in case of a fire.


“It's an annual event. It takes place the first full week in October, the first Sunday through Friday. So, this year it is October 3 through October 9 and this year’s theme is learning the sounds of fire safety,” said Latrell Billingsley, a Public Education Officer with the Jackson Fire Department.


The campaign focuses on teaching people about smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms, their necessity, and how the sounds they make can help save lives.


“Speaking of CO exposure, it is also known as a silent killer. You can not smell it. You may feel tired, sleepy, headache, or if you are already sleeping, there is a possibility you may not wake up,” said Larry Triplett, a Public Education Officer with the Jackson Fire Department.


According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year, at least 430 people die in the U.S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency room each year due to accidental CO poisoning.


The Jackson Fire Department encourages people to have a CO alarm near their gas-powered appliances.


They also urge you to test your alarms monthly and gives advice about the location of smoke alarms in your home.


“According to your floor plan kind of determines where those are going to go. If you have a hallway that leads to a group of rooms, you could put a smoke alarm right outside those rooms. Again, it is recommended that a smoke alarm is in every room.” said Billingsley.


During the week, the Madison County Fire Department has also been providing lifesaving tips to the public in an effort to decrease casualties caused by fires.


“Know two ways out of your home. If there is a fire that breaks out in your home, and you cannot exit through traditional doors make sure you have an alternative exit through a window or other door. Practice this plan with every member of your family. Especially, those with disabilities or infants to make sure everyone is able to escape safely,” said Anna Kate Craig, the Community Risk Reduction Coordinator with the Madison County Fire Depart.


During the awareness week, the Jackson Fire Department will be offering free smoke alarm installations for Jackson residents. Please contact the department to schedule an appointment.


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