Fire Fighters Association of Missouri

News From District 7 – July 2019

The leading cause of death in America is house fires, to get into specifics, most casualties happen in the kitchen. It’s a sad but a true fact. Most people in the US assume and say, “Oh I know about fire safety, just have a fire extinguisher in your house and if something catches on fire you call the fire department.” This is just barely grazing the surface of fire prevention. Yes having a fire extinguisher is very important, but do you know where you’re supposed to keep it? How often you need to check it? How many you need? Where to get one from? When to test them? And so on and so on. 

It is expected that not everyone knows about fire prevention. But seriously, fire is dangerous and it can kill you if you’re not careful. Children and teenagers are more often than not the cause of a fire, but it’s not usually there fault. As long as they didn’t purposely set the fire. They simply didn’t know the correct precautions. 

Take for example PASS. Now how many of you know what PASS stands for? Well for those of you who don’t, it stands for Pull the handle, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep from side to side. This easy little reminder can help you and your family remember how to use a fire extinguisher because I know if I didn’t remember PASS then I would panic and most likely fumble around with the fire extinguisher until I figure out how to use it. Because let me tell you, the first time I tried to use a fire extinguisher it did not end well. How many of you know how to use a fire extinguisher? 

People die every day. More often than not they are killed in accidents. But we are the ones that can help prevent some of these deaths. The many fire casualties that happen every year can be decreased if we take the time to spread the word of fire prevention, to learn all there is to know about fire prevention, to keep our families safe, to protect ourselves, and prevent any unwanted fires. Use your fire safety knowledge to stop house fires from being the one of the leading causes of death in America. 

Now I ask you, “Why is fire prevention important to you?” Fire prevention should not only be important to you, but to your family, and your loved ones. These are the people that will be affected if you decide to neglect getting the proper knowledge about fire prevention. It’s not a joking matter and fire safety must be taught to everyone, no matter how young or how old, what race, what religion, or natural origin. Fire prevention is important, but you have to decide why it’s important.