Kudos to our firefighters

This is Fire Prevention Week and it made me realize we don’t give our firefighters the kudos they deserve often enough. They bravely run toward a fire when the rest of us are running away. These heroes save many lives each year, including family pets.

It might surprise you to learn that in the last five years through our Kentucky Fire Commission, KCTCS trained more than 90 percent of the state’s firefighters. This is a featured program for us and one I’m extremely proud of.

Last week was a sad time for firefighters as they held their 16th Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial. Two courageous men who lost their lives helping others were honored at an event in Frankfort.

In an effort to prevent loss of life, Fire Prevention Week is focused on making sure everyone has working smoke detectors in their homes. This year’s theme is, “Don’t wait. Check the date. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years!” Research shows many people don’t know how old their smoke alarms are and don’t know how often they need to be replaced. Check the back of yours for the date of manufacture. If it’s been more than 10 years, then replace your device.

Let’s make sure no more lives are lost because of smoke alarms that don’t work. And let’s show our appreciation for firefighters, not just this week, but every week.

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