Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from Citrus County Fire Rescue
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 22 proclaiming October 4 through October 10, 2015 “Fire Prevention Week” in Citrus County. First responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education, and the focus of Fire Prevention Week this year is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep”.
Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,755 deaths, 12, 200 civilian injuries, and $7.0 billion in direct damage
We urge citizens to test their smoke alarms monthly and for more information please call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-4488.