The President of the United States has proclaimed October 3-9 as Fire Prevention Week. The Secretary of the Army has placed great emphasis during this week on the established year-round, world-wide, fire prevention and protection program of the Department of the Army.

All military and civilian employees at Fort Campbell are urged to cooperate in the national effort to reduce loss of life and property from fire.

When fire occurs, the loss is to the community as well as to the individuals directly involved. Fort Campbell has been fortunate in keeping the fire loss at a low cost, and no deaths have occurred.This is due to the year-round Fire Prevention Program at Fort Campbell.

This week is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of fire safety in our community, to build a strong attitude of fire prevention and to prepare to cope with fires, should they occur.

Most fires are caused by carelessness, lack of knowledge or by hazardous conditions. If everyone at Fort Campbell would focus attention to fire prevention, a great deal could be done to reduce destruction caused by fires.

Therefore, all personnel, both military and civilian, are urged to participate in all activities and programs of this week.

Fire safety

The National Fire Protection Association is promoting "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" as the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign.

NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 88 years.

Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. NFPA statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. But they must be working properly to do so.

The association's data shows that many homes have smoke alarms that aren't working or maintained properly, usually because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms.

Most people have a sense of complacency about smoke alarms because they already have one in their homes.

Fire Prevention Week provides an excellent opportunity to re-educate people about smoke alarms.

The fire department offers the following tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly:

Aca,!Ac Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.

Aca,!Ac If an alarm "chirps," warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

Aca,!Ac Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.

Aca,!Ac On post residents can call Fort Campbell Housing at (270) 431-3966 for maintenance issues.

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