Base prepares for upcoming National Fire Prevention Week Oct 9 - 15

6 Oct 2016 | Cpl. Mark Watola Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

National Fire Prevention Week 2016 will be held Oct. 9 through 15, and brings awareness to people by providing valuable information such as fire escape plans, safety checklists and testing smoke alarms.

On average, seven people die and 36 people are injured from home fires every day, according to the

"(Smoke alarms) provide notification in the event of a fire," said Brian Kelly, Onslow County fire chief. "This is crucial for individuals to survive a fire if they are asleep. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 50 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms. Having this as well as an escape plan is what people need in order to survive a fire."

In addition to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and local fire departments providing fire safety information, the American Red Cross is holding its Home Fires Preparedness Campaign to help provide free smoke alarms to families in need.

"The campaign is geared to reduce the number of fire-related fatalities by helping people install free smoke alarms," said James Jarvis, American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Manager. "Smoke alarms provide a greater chance of survival during a home fire."

The nationwide campaign started in 2014 and since then has provided 450,000 smoke alarms and saved approximately 100 lives through those alarms.

"Even firefighters can have a fire," said Kelly. "No one is exempt from fires in their homes. We can do everything we know possible and through mechanical failure, nature or accidents, fires can occur. We must have working smoke alarms and a plan to help keep us safe."

Those in need of smoke alarms can contact the local American Red Cross and schedule an appointment for installation.

The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to assist with smoke alarm installation and can sign up tables at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune on Oct. 11-12.