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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.
The 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 http://www.phila.gov/ready.
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 senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).
Offices of State
Senator Vincent Hughes