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Fire Prevention Week: 100 fire deaths in NC so far in 2022

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So far in 2022, there have been 100 fire deaths in North Carolina and Causey said many of those fires happened in homes without a working smoke alarm.

It’s fire prevention week, which has now been observed for 100 years, and the North Carolina state fire marshal said the goal is to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire.

Fire Marshal Mike Causey is urging everyone to uphold this year’s campaign theme, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”

So far in 2022, there have been 100 fire deaths in North Carolina and Causey said Many of those fires happened in homes without a working smoke alarm.

He said it’s important to make sure your plan meets the needs of all family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities; smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of a home; and people should know at least two ways out of every room.

Causey added that families should have an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home where everyone should gather, and a home fire drill should be practiced at least twice a year.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.