Safety camp planned at fire company

October 17, 2005

To help better prepare children ages 4 to 14 for emergencies, the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. will host a safety camp at the fire station on Maugansville Road.

The safety camp will be held over three nights - Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 25-27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The safety camp will help educate children on what to do should a fire or other accident or illness happen.

The program includes information on how children can be safe while trick-or-treating, winter safety tips and fire safety.

Fire and safety statistics show why such safety camps are important, according to a press release from the fire company.

  • In 2003, there were 388,500 reported house fires in the United States, resulting in 3,145 deaths, 13,650 injuries and $5.9 billion in direct property damage. In the U.S., someone dies from a house fire roughly every three hours.

  • Roughly half of all house fire deaths in the United States resulted from fires that were reported between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., but only one-quarter of house fires occur between those hours.

  • Although children 5 and younger make up about 7 percent of the country's population, they accounted for 12 percent of the house fire deaths, assigning them a risk almost twice the national average.

  • Older adults also are at greater risk of dying in a house fire than the population at large. Adults 65 and older face a risk twice the average, while people 85 and older have a risk that is 31/2 times more than average.

  • Smoking was the leading cause of house fire deaths overall, but in the months of December, January and February, smoking and heating equipment caused similar shares of fire deaths.

  • According to a 2004 National Fire Protection Association survey, only one in four Americans has devised and practiced a plan to escape from the home during a fire.

  • While 66 percent of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 35 percent of those with a plan have practiced it.

To register for the camp, call 1-717-597-0334. The camp is limited to 50 children.

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