When it comes to fire, these first responders are not playing around.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Bob Byrne
Saturday, October 20, 2012
When it comes to fire, the Berwyn Fire Company is not playing with fire. They're using it to demonstrate the dangers many everyday items and activites can pose if you don't know what to watch out for. To make the point, the fire company will host an open house Saturday afternoon from 3-5:30 p.m.. The events include live fire demonstrations with a car, kitchen and model house being set on fire. The open house is part of the National Fire Safety activities going on in communities all over the country this month. One of the themes that will be stressed on Saturday is knowing two ways out of every room in your home in case of fire. A complete rundown of the day's activities, demonstration schedule and important fire safety reminders is …
In 2011, the Berwyn Fire Co. responded to a record 850 fire calls.
A new report posted on the Berwyn Fire Co.'s website reveals staggering facts and figures about the most common time and rooms for house fires. According to the report from the U.S. Fire Administraion an estimated 365,500 residential building fires are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 2,560 deaths, 13,000 injuries, and $7.4 billion in property loss. In 2011, the Berwyn Fire Co. responded to a record 850 fire calls ranging from false alarms to fully-involved building fires. Nationally, the report tracks residential fires reported between 2008 and 2010. The study shows 45 percent of fires start in the kitchen. Most (94 percent) kitchen fires did not spread to other rooms. Residential fires happened more …