GAHANNA, Ohio – Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"
The Mifflin Township Division of Fire will kick off this year’s Fire Prevention Week with the nation’s most loved fire mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog, the spectacular MedFlight One which will touch down around 1 p.m.*, among other festivities at the open house to be held on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Fire Station 131, located at 475 Rocky Fork Blvd. in Gahanna.
Through educational, family-oriented activities, such as tours of the fire station, meet and greet with the township’s firefighters, displays of vintage and current emergency vehicles, and hands-on kitchen fire safety and cooking tips, as well as smoke alarm demonstrations, Gahanna residents can learn more about fire prevention and safety.
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Mifflin Township Division of Fire is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
"In a fire, seconds count," said Mifflin Fire Chief Timothy Taylor. "Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out."
Gahanna residents should:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
To learn more about smoke alarms and "Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives," visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org.
Mifflin Township has a population of 35,710 making it the second-most populated township in the Columbus area and 17th-largest of Ohio’s 1,308 townships. It includes the city of Gahanna and unincorporated township area in northeast Franklin County.
Mifflin Township has a fire department that serves the city of Gahanna and unincorporated township areas. The division has four fire stations, and employs 74 full time firefighter/paramedics, six full or part-time fire prevention officers and 23 full or part-time dispatchers. Responding to more than 6,239 calls for emergency medical service and 1,624 fire protection calls, the township responded to a total of 7,863 calls for assistance in 2013. With a response time of less than four minutes, the Mifflin Township Division of Fire is one of the busiest fire departments in Franklin County (Central Ohio).
Mifflin Township has police officers who protect residents in the unincorporated township area, and a service department which oversees cemeteries and maintains township roads. Three elected trustees, including Trustees Richard Angelou, Lynn Stewart and Joseph Spanovich, comprise the Mifflin Township Board of Trustees, which decides issues of township policy and is responsible for all expenditures of township funds.