PRINTER'S NO. 2155
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
458
Session of
2015
INTRODUCED BY TEPLITZ, EICHELBERGER, SCHWANK, FONTANA, SABATINA,
GREENLEAF, TARTAGLIONE, DINNIMAN, COSTA, BREWSTER, HUGHES,
VULAKOVICH, BARTOLOTTA, RAFFERTY, FARNESE, HUTCHINSON,
BROWNE, KILLION, BAKER AND WARD, OCTOBER 17, 2016
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, OCTOBER 17, 2016
A RESOLUTION
Observing the week of October 9 through 15, 2016, as "Fire
Prevention Week 2016" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, The National Fire Protection Association announced
the theme of "Fire Prevention Week 2016" to be "Don't Wait:
Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"; and
WHEREAS, "Fire Prevention Week" occurs annually during the
week in which October 9 falls, commemorating the Great Chicago
Fire of 1871; and
WHEREAS, In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first
"National Fire Prevention Day" proclamation; and
WHEREAS, According to the National Archives and Records
Administration's Library Information Center, "Fire Prevention
Week" is the longest-running public health and safety observance
on record; and
WHEREAS, The National Fire Protection Association works in
coordination with partnering companies, organizations and fire
departments to promote "Fire Prevention Week" and its fire
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safety messages throughout North America; and
WHEREAS, According to national statistics, having a working
smoke alarm in the home reduces the risk of dying in a home fire
by half; and
WHEREAS, Approximately three out of five home-fire deaths
resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms;
and
WHEREAS, In one-quarter of the home-fire deaths, smoke alarms
were present but did not operate; and
WHEREAS, More than 3,200 people died in fires during 2013,
with most of those deaths caused by home fires; and
WHEREAS, The vast majority of home-fire deaths are
preventable, and having a working smoke alarm is essential in
helping to reduce those numbers; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate observe the week of October 9
through 15, 2016, as "Fire Prevention Week 2016" in
Pennsylvania.
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