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Senator Hughes An informational update for you!

This publication is your opportunity to receive regular updates on the work and the issues that I have been involved with, both in Harrisburg and throughout our community.

Please visit my website, where you will find a comprehensive overview of our work, various phone numbers and contact information to assist you in solving problems, opportunities to volunteer and assist us in our programs and opportunities to give your feedback.

Devastating Fire in West Philadelphia Highlights the Need for Fire Safety and Prevention Awareness

A devastating fire in West Philadelphia on January 10, which killed 1 person and displaced eight, has rocked a community and highlights the need for fire safety and prevention as well as the need to properly store important documents. It is critical to keep yourself and your family, as well as important, irreplaceable documents, safe.

Fire SafetyThe Philadelphia Fire Department asserts that establishing a well-organized emergency plan is one of the most important things that you can do in your home. They offer extensive information on residential safety on their website. . I urge all citizens to check out the information and develop your own safety plan for your residence and practice your home escape plan often.

The Philadelphia Fire Department also offers important information on:

  • How to report fires and other emergencies
  • When it is appropriate to call 9-1-1
  • Evacuation procedures for your home
  • Names and phone numbers of persons or local agencies to contact

A few moments gathering information could mean the difference between life and death if there is a fire emergency in your home.

For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, find evacuation routes, learn how to Shelter In Place and to sign up for emergency text alerts, visit

Residents can also call 311 to request a FREE Lithium Smoke Detector. The operator will ask name, address, telephone number and dwelling type. The operator will give you a confirmation number at the end of the call. The fire department will call and set up an appointment to come out and install the detectors.

Click the links below for more important information on fire safety and prevention:

You can learn more or provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579