S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley designed the week of October 6 as Fire Prevention Week, according to a copy of a proclamation supplied by her office. She pointed out that fires claimed the lives of 72 people in South Carolina in 2012, with 97 percent of these deaths occurring in homes.
The proclamation recognized the South Carolina Departments of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the Division of Fire and Life Safety, and the state’s fire service for their commitment to preventing fires and responding when they occur. In addition, it urged residents of the Palmetto State to learn how to increase their safety and approach potentially dangerous situations with caution.
The proclamation pointed out that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other room in the home and that cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States. Smoke alarms reduce the risk of dying in reported home fires by half and Haley urged resident to have and practice a home fire escape plan.
Haley encouraged all South Carolinians to learn how to increase their safety from fire and to support the efforts of fire and emergency services.
President Barack Obama also issued a proclamation designating the same week as Fire Prevention Week.