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Fires and Civilian Death Prevention Press Conference.

March 5, 2010

Mayor A C Wharton joined Memphis Fire Department Director Alvin Benson at a press conference on Friday, February 26, in light of the recent number of civilian deaths due to fires.  Memphis reported nine civilian deaths due to fires during the first two months of 2010.  The 10-year average for the city is 15.7. Cold temps and desperate – albeit unsafe – efforts to keep warm are the overall contributing factors to the staggering number of persons who have lost their lives due to fires in the past weeks.

As smoke detectors increase the chance of survival by 50 percent, Mayor Wharton and Director Benson stressed having them installed as a preventative measure.  Memphis Fire Department will not only install smoke detectors free of charge but will also inspect them to ensure their effective operation.  In 2009 alone, Memphis Fire Department installed 2,650 detectors.

Other Fire Safety Tips:

  • Memphis Fire Department will conduct Fire Safety and General Hazard Inspections of your home, upon request. For more information, contact your local fire station.
  • Heating appliances, particularly space heaters, can be deadly. Make sure they are safely used and never placed near combustibles or left unattended.
  • Have an escape plan and practice fire drills with the entire family.
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