Newville Borough Mayor Dr. Becky L. Barrick has proclaimed the week of October 6-12, 2013 as “National Fire Prevention Week” in the borough. The theme of this year’s event is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. In her proclamation, Mayor Barrick noted that home fires killed more than 2,500 people in the United States during 2012. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to over 370,000 home fires during the past year. It was noted that cooking fires are the leading cause of most home fires. Mayor Barrick, Fire Chief Joel Griffie and members of the Friendship Hose Company urge residents to take special care when cooking at home. Never leave a stove or oven unattended. The Mayor and Fire Chief urge residents to test their smoke detectors on a regular basis. Please be sure all smoke detectors are in good working order with a new battery. Residents requiring assistance with their home smoke detector should call the fire department at 776-4747. Mayor Barrick is pictured with members of the Friendship Hose Company No. 1, Inc., left to right: Travis Sims, Austin Hampton, Fire Chief Joel Griffie and Ronald Stum. The Mayor took the opportunity of the proclamation ceremony to thank the volunteers of the Friendship Hose Company No. 1, Inc. for their unwavering commitment and dedicated service to the Big Spring community.
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