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Fire Prevention week kicks off Monday

Candles may look nice, but they're a growing fire threat in our communities. And knowing the facts about candles is a key to fire safety. That's why the National Fire Protection Organization has chosen "Use Candles with Care" as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 9 through 15.

During 2002, the last year in which figures are available, 18,000 home fires started by candles were reported to public fire departments. These fires resulted in 130 civilian deaths, 1,350 civilian injuries and an estimated direct property loss of $333 million.

MACDILL AFBI 32-106 states "The use of candles, incense, or other open flame devices is prohibited in government facilities and living quarters with the exception of the base chapel for religious services."

If the power goes out in your home it is best to use a battery operated flashlight. If you do not have a flashlight and must use candles here are some safety tips.

Candles should be kept at least one foot away from anything flammable.

Don't burn candles around kids and pets.

Don't leave the room while a candle is burning, even if you will be right back.

Candles should be extinguished when they burn down to two inches of their holder or any decorative material.

Candle holders should be made of material that can't burn and is big enough to catch wax.

If you have any question please contact the Fire Prevention Office at 828-4236 (Courtesy of Fire Prevention Office)

The Fire Department will be holding the following events for Fire Prevention Week:

Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m.
Base Exchange-Fire prevention table in mall area and a fire truck on display in the Base Exchange lot.

Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m.
Base Exchange-Fire prevention table in mall area
9:30 a.m. - Auto extraction show in the Base Exchange parking lot

Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m.
Base Exchange -Fire prevention table in mall area
11 a.m. - Fire Department - Firefighter Challenge Rodeo

Friday, 9 to 11 a.m.
Base Exchange -Fire prevention table in mall area, a Fire Prevention seminar at Tinker Elementary and a fire truck on Display at Base Exchange.

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