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“Look. Listen. Learn.”—Top 3 Lifesaving Campaign Tips For National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7 to Oct. 13)
Press Release
Monday, October 08, 2018

Fire PreventionMissouri City is participating in this year’s National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7 to Oct. 13) and reminding citizens of the 2018 theme to “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere.”  

“This annual campaign is critical in helping our team educate and engage citizens about prevention initiatives that can help them to safeguard their families and their homes,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes. “It is also an informational resource that aligns with the Fire & Rescue Services’ mission to preserve life, property and promote a safe community for all.”  

FPW is an initiative led by the National Fire Protection Association, a global nonprofit devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The organization reports that although home fires have steadily decreased over the past few decades, the death rate per 1,000 home fires reported in 2016 was 10 percent higher than in 1980, which makes prevention outreach an ongoing priority. 

Experts say that homeowners only have “as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds” and that planning and practice is key to knowing what to do in that short timeframe. 

To prepare for an emergency, here are three life-saving tips that residents can practice with their families at home: 

LOOK around your home for fire hazards. Take the necessary steps to fix them;

LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. If a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside; and

LEARN two ways out of every room. Have an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet.  

“Fire prevention, safety tips and community outreach initiatives are central to our day-to-day operations that focus on the primary functions of administration, community risk reduction, fire and emergency medical response, emergency management and development/training,” said Chief Eugene Campbell Jr., whose department responded to 6,933 calls in Fiscal Year 2018. “All of these areas have a number of programs that are designed to benefit and protect citizens.” 

In addition to outreach during Fire Prevention Week, MCFRS’ has also been involved in the following community risk reduction activities: Hosting fire extinguisher training at five senior citizen apartment complexes; providing smoke alarms to residents in need, performing free home fire inspections, hosting Fire Open Houses that featured educational activities and station tours and using the new Community Engagement Vehicle to interact with residents and visitors at local events. 

Campbell shared details on these initiatives and provided other strategic updates to

City Council Members at their Sept. 17 Regular Meeting. During his presentation, he stressed the Fire Department’s dedication to its vision of being professionals “committed to excellence, honor and service to all.” 

For more information on MCTX fire safety tools and services, visit: And, to view Chief Campbell’s full Council presentation, click this link:  

Images courtesy of Missouri City: Mayor Owen, second from right, presents a Fire Prevention Week Proclamation to Chief Campbell, third from left, and some members of his team.

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