BRANDON - Firefighters across Chittenden, Addison, and Rutland counties spent Oct. 4-10 broadcasting the life-saving message of national Fire Prevention Week.
Volunteer and paid members of area fire departments, such as firefighters of the Brandon Fire Department, visited schools, businesses and attended community group meetings to discuss ways to prevent fires and develop personal fire prevention plans.
Several local firefighting squads released lists of interesting facts about fire in the community-
In 2008, U.S. fire departments responded to 386,500 home fires. These fires killed 2,755 civilians. Eighty-three percent of all fire deaths resulted from home fires.
Nationwide, a fire department responded to a home fire every 81 seconds.
Many Vermont fires and fire-related deaths happened in the months of December, January and February.
Cooking continues to be the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries locally.
Smoking materials caused one of every four home fire deaths in Vermont and elsewhere.
The kitchen is the leading area of origin for home fires in Vermont. However, bedrooms and living/family rooms are the leading areas of origin for home fire deaths.
According to the firefighters, only one in four Addison County residents have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure they could escape quickly and safely.