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Fire department urges all to install smoke alarms

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October is fire prevention month

According to statistics, half of all U.S. home fire deaths occur at night between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am, when people are most likely sleeping.

Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half. Three out of every five U.S. home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarm or no working smoke alarms.

These facts underscore the importance of having working smoke alarms in all bedrooms.
The Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department this month is focusing  on the theme of “Hear the beep where you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm.”

Smoke alarms can make a difference between life and death, but they need to be installed in all required locations, and they need to be working.

From Aug. 20 to Sept. 15, the OVFD responded to the following: medical responder – 13, helicopter landings for medical evacuations – 8, residential fire – 1, vehicle accident – 1, vehicle fire – 1.

T-shirt sales provide income for the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department. Helping out are longtime volunteers Albert O’Neal, fire chief, Dick Jacoby, president of the OFPA, and Janey Jacoby, treasurer of the OFPA. Photo by P. Vankevich

T-shirt sales provide income for the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department. Helping out are longtime volunteers Albert O’Neal, fire chief, Dick Jacoby, president of the OFPA, and Janey Jacoby, treasurer of the OFPA. Photo by P. Vankevich

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