Fire Prevention Month Kick-off Event

by Safety Connection

Next Saturday (9/30 from 10am to 2pm), the Madison Fire Department will kick off Fire Prevention Month with an event at the Henry Vilas Zoo. You can meet local fire prevention officers and firefighters and see if you can spy some of the old fire hoses that some of the zoo animals are using for enrichment in their enclosures!

Did you know that every 23 seconds in the United States a fire department is dispatched to a fire? The most common fires are unattended cooking fires. The city of Madison adopted a smoke alarm ordinance in 2009 after a fatal fire that claimed the life of a 23-year-old UW-La Crosse student who was in Madison visiting his brother. That ordinance requires all city of Madison residents to have a smoke alarm in each bedroom, each sleeping area and within 6 feet of each door leading to a bedroom or sleeping area. In addition, there must be a smoke alarm on each floor of the residence.

October is Fire Prevention month and you can learn more about fire safety here.

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