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Fire captain reminds parents to focus on fire safety in Aug.


August 11, 2009

Captain Andy Marsh of the Mount Oliver Fire Department is reminding parents to focus on the fire safety of their children.

While parents are doing their "Back to School Shopping," they should purchase new batteries for their smoke detectors, or consider whether it is time to replace their smoke detectors.

Statistics from the United States Fire Administration explain that 50 percent of all child deaths affect those under 5 years of age. Forty-two percent of child-playing home structure fires occur in the bedroom. Most of these fires resulted from a child playing with a lighter or matches.

Make sure that all smoke alarms are working. During the period of 2000-2004, 65 percent of reported fire fatalities resulted in from fires in residences with no smoke alarms or no batteries in the smoke alarms.

For more fire prevention information, contact Captain Marsh at 412-377-2117.


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