Thankfully, we live in an age where structural fires and fire fatalities are far less common but the tragic warehouse fire in Oakland earlier this month was a reminder for how dangerous fires remain.
Here’s a couple of U.S. fire safety charts that show how far fire safety has come come:
Better building codes, better fire retardant construction materials, better alarm technology, and better trained and equipped firefighters is good news for all of us.
Better is great, but it’s not perfect, and when it comes to fire safety the goal is to be perfect. Even 1 death is 1 too many when it’s someone you love, so there’s still work to be done.
Kent’s Fire and EMS call data has increased slightly over the last couple of years but that’s primarily a result of the growth in the population we serve, particularly all of the new student housing complexes, rather than a reflection of fire safety.
Kent Fire personnel spend a lot of time on fire prevention, education and fire safety awareness to make sure the trend line for fires that don’t happen is on the rise.
The Department does a great job at reaching out to at-risk populations to make sure they understand the little things they can do that pay off in big ways in fire safety.
We’re all at risk but certain segments of our population, like the elderly, disabled, and children, are often least able or least prepared to deal with fire so the Fire Department targets those groups to get some extra attention.
Crowded parties in older buildings are the kinds of things that keep a Fire Chief awake at night which is why the Kent Fire Department reaches out to the Greek community each year to provide a little extra fire safety training with their “Greek Academy.”
The Kent Fire Department hosts an annual Greek Fire Academy where Kent State sorority and fraternity members get a hands-on lesson in navigating a smoke filled room in the dark, figuring out exit routes, and testing skills to survive a structural fire.
The fact is once a fire hits, split second decisions can be the difference between life and death, and making a little forethought a habit can be a life saver.