The beep that can save lives


Fire Prevention Parade this Saturday

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo Smoke detectors can save lives and that’s why the Union County Firefighters’ Association is encouraging the public to put smoke detectors in every bedroom of their homes. This week is Fire Prevention Week and the Union County Firefighters’ Association is having a parade down Main Street in downtown Union at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by activities for the whole family at the Walmart parking lot.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION — It makes a beep and that beep, especially in the middle of the night, can mean the difference between getting out of a burning building safely or dying in one.

This week is Fire Prevention Week and the Union County Firefighters’ Association is celebrating it at 11 a.m. this Saturday with a parade down Main Street in downtown Union followed by an afternoon of activities in the Walmart parking lot. Those activities include:

• Firefighter Cornhole Tournament

• Equipment demonstrations including the extraction of the victims of an automobile accident from their vehicle.

• Tours of the Emergency Services Command Bus

• A visit by Regional One whose crew will answer questions about the helicopter and demonstrate how they airlift someone who needs emergency medical attention.

• Gifts for children.

• Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks.

While it is designed to be a fun learning experience for the whole family, the Fire Prevention Week also has the goal of encouraging people to put smoke alarms in every bedroom of their homes.

Union County Firefighters’ Association Vice President Mark Wade said that fire and life safety educators recommend that each bedroom in a home have a smoke detector in it. Wade pointed out that while all house fires are dangerous, a house fire that occurs at night are especially dangerous as people are asleep and therefore less likely to realize their home is on fire. He said this delay in recognizing the danger they are in increases the possibility that they will not be able to get out of the house in time given how quickly a fire can spread once it gets going.

Wade pointed out that smoke generated by fires is as dangerous as the flames as smoke inhalation can and does kill person in a burning building, often before the flames reach them. Even when the smoke doesn’t kill, it can prevent a person from regaining consciousness and escape the fire.

To help prevent this, Wade said the Firefighters’ Association is encouraging the public to “Hear the BEEP when you SLEEP” and put smoke detectors in their bedrooms. Wade pointed out that smoke detectors can and have saved lives and he encourage the public to install them in their bedrooms. He also said people should regularly test their smoke alarms and change them every time they change their clock and to also develop and practice an escape plan with their families if they ever do hear that beep from one of their smoke detectors.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Courtesy photo Smoke detectors can save lives and that’s why the Union County Firefighters’ Association is encouraging the public to put smoke detectors in every bedroom of their homes. This week is Fire Prevention Week and the Union County Firefighters’ Association is having a parade down Main Street in downtown Union at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by activities for the whole family at the Walmart parking lot.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Smoke-detector.jpgCourtesy photo Smoke detectors can save lives and that’s why the Union County Firefighters’ Association is encouraging the public to put smoke detectors in every bedroom of their homes. This week is Fire Prevention Week and the Union County Firefighters’ Association is having a parade down Main Street in downtown Union at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by activities for the whole family at the Walmart parking lot.
Fire Prevention Parade this Saturday

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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