SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, October 1, 2018) – Structure Fires are on the rise locally so
Savannah Fire is hosting a series of fire safety education activities during
Fire Prevention Month. Fire Prevention Week 2018 is October 7 – 13. However, Savannah Fire is conducting fire
safety talks at schools and community meetings throughout the Month of October.
the first eight months of 2018 there were 162 building fires in the City of
Savannah, including 7 fire-related fatalities. That’s about 11% of all Georgia
fire deaths since January. So Savannah Fire and the National Fire Protection Association is
reminding residents to look, listen and learn during Fire Prevention Week 2018.
The goals of the Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can
happen anywhere™,” is to educate the public about ways to quickly and safely
escape a home fire. During the first eight
months of 2017, there were just 123 structure fires in Savannah. Compared
to the same time period over the last five years, structure fires dramatically
increased during the first eight months of 2018.
January to August
– 162 fires – 7 deaths
123 fires – 4 deaths
148 fires – 4 deaths
102 fires – 1 death
– 119 fires – 3 deaths
– 110 fires – *3 deaths for the entire year
to month data is not available)
Four out of five U.S.
fire deaths occur at home. Savannah’s 2018 fires have been particularly tragic.
Five of the fires this year have claimed the lives of seven people, including
2018 Fire Fatalities
man died from injuries sustained in a January 12, 2018 fire on Augusta Avenue.
mother and daughter died from injuries suffered in a March 11, 2018 fire in the
March 8, 2018 a man died in a house fire on Cottingham Drive.
siblings died from injuries suffered in the Graydon Street Fire on May 30,
woman died from fire-related injuries suffered in an August 2nd fire
on East 32nd Street.
The following steps can
help people escape a fire, and prevent further tragedy:
Look for places fire could start
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
Learn Two ways out of every room
“Situational awareness is a
skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Savannah Fire Public
Information Officer Jenel Few. “No matter where you are, look for available
exits. If an alarm system sounds, take it seriously and immediately exit the
fire prevention tips and information throughout the Month of October visit
Savannah Fire on Facebook, on Twitter @savannahfire, and online at www.savannahfire.org. To schedule a free
Fire Prevention demonstration schools, community groups and organizations
should call 912-644-5957.