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Fire Prevention Week targets home fire prevention

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By Carol A. Clark

Recently released fire statistics show a civilian fire death occured every 153 minutes last year and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes in the U.S.

Also, home fires caused 84 percent of all civilian fire deaths in 2007, which is an 11 percent increase over 2006 and why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme is “Prevent Home Fires.”

Fire Prevention Week runs through Saturday and Los Alamos Fire Department personnel are out in force visiting the schools and providing a variety of educational activities aimed at teaching home fire prevention.

This morning firefighters presented fire safety lessons to students at Children’s Montessori School.

“Although thankfully Los Alamos did not experience a fire fatality in 2007, we did respond to 11 residential fires with the majority of them being cooking related,” said Los Alamos Fire Marshal/Assistant Fire Chief Michael Thompson.

“Consistently in the United States, residential fires are most often caused by cooking, heating, and intentionally set fires. When you take into consideration fire deaths, the causes generally are intentionally set, smoking, and open flames such as embers from fireplaces.”

In an effort to combat these causes, the LAFD is teaching an advising residents to:


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