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Leander Fire Dept. and Fire Prevention Month
As the Leander City Council prepares to declare October ‘Fire Prevention Month’ in Leander, Leander Fire crews have been making their way to dozens of schools to teach kids how to stay safe around fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association over 1.3 million fires were reported in 2016. Fires caused 3,390 civilian deaths and 14,650 injuries amounting to over 10 billion dollars in property damage.
Structure fires remained the most damaging and deadly in 2016. US Fire Departments responded to over 475 thousand structure fires accounting for 74 percent of all fire responses. 2,950 civilians were killed while 12,755 were injured as a result of structure fires causing almost 8 billion dollars in property damage in that same period.
The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Month is ‘Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!’. Leander Fire believes in that theme so much they painted it on Engine 4. Making a plan to escape your home in case of fire is vital because the materials in newer homes burn faster than older home construction.
Because of these statistics, Leander Fire encourages every family to have a fire escape plan and practice it twice a year. Parents should teach their children how to quickly and safely escape a house fire and go to a prearranged outside meeting place.
The Leander City Council will declare October Fire Prevention Month at their October 19th meeting.