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Fire Prevention Week: Camden Co. Fire Rescue wants you to create a home fire safety plan

Oct 7-13th is Fire Prevention Week.

Over 1.3 million fires occurred in the United States which lead to over 3,000 in 2016 according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Some other interesting statistics from the NFPA state the following:

The 2016 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.

  • One home structure fire was reported every 90 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 35 minutes.
  • One outside and other fire was reported every 48 seconds.
  • One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 2 seconds.

The Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) is joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in celebrating Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. ™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

“People often make poor choices during fires that can risk their safety or even cost them their lives,” said Camden County Fire Rescue Chief Terry Smith. “We encourage all Camden County residents to make an escape plan and practice it so that they are better prepared if they are ever in a fire.”

The NFPA notes that although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk of fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. At times, that over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:
• Look for places fire could start.
• Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
• Learn 2 ways out of every room.

More information will be available on the Camden County Fire Rescue Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week. Additionally, CCFR personnel will be visiting schools and performing safety presentations throughout the month of October.

If your group or organization would like a fire safety presentation, please contact Fire Rescue Headquarters at 912-729-3911.

Below is an over of fire problems with the United States and other tips to prevent fires in the home.


Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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