2013-04-10 / Features

Rozic Promotes Fire Safety Awareness In Fresh Meadows

Assemblymember Nily Rozic, the Fire Department of New York, elected officials and community leaders are bringing fire safety tips to the community. Assemblymember Nily Rozic, the Fire Department of New York, elected officials and community leaders are bringing fire safety tips to the community. Assemblymember Nily Rozic (D, WFFresh Meadows) is leading a joint effort by the Fire Department of New York, local elected officials, including Congressmember Grace Meng, state Senators Tony Avella and Toby Ann Stavisky, Councilmember James Gennaro and community leaders to bring fire safety awareness to Fresh Meadows. This follows a recent tragedy in Fresh Meadows in which a fire injured 11 and has caused concern in the community.

Rozic said, “Fires can happen to anyone at any time, destroying homes and businesses and tragically ruining lives. It is essential that we use this time to raise awareness on fire safety and preventive measures, to help protect our families from tragedies in the future. That is why I am teaming up with FDNY, my colleagues in government, and the community to bring crucial information and resources on fire safety to local homeowners and residents.”

Each year, there are almost 400,000 household fires in the United States. Not only can fires devastate an entire home, they can claim people’s lives. Almost 4,000 people die in fires every year and another 27,000 are injured. Most fires are preventable, which is why families should make sure they are prepared for fires before they happen, Rozic added.

“Fire safety is an issue that is easy to overlook, but incredibly important for keeping our families and tenants safe in an emergency,” said Gennaro. “Events like the dangerous house fire that broke out in Fresh Meadows on April 1 remind us that we all have to remain vigilant in eliminating fire dangers and educating people of the fire risks that can damage property and threaten lives.”

“The FDNY, which was already the busiest fire department in the world is getting busier with each year. 2012 was the second busiest year in FDNY history and the last 10 years were the busiest in the 148-year history of the department. What is very clear is that as our city’s population is growing, so are the demands for help from New York City firefighters,” said Matthew Desjardin, Queens trustee for the Uniformed Firefighters Association. “What is also clear is that fires are getting hotter, burning faster and more toxic. According to the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), modern fires can reach a staggering 2,000 degrees in under three minutes due to the increased use of chemical and petroleum based compounds in home and office furnishings. It is exactly why firefighters emphasize that every second counts when your family’s life is on the line.”

The FDNY Fire Education Unit will be providing fire safety information and smoke detectors to the community free of charge at Rozic’s Fire Safety Awareness Day on Sunday, April 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at her district office, 159-16 Union Turnpike, Suite 210 in Flushing. On Monday, April 29, FDNY will also have their Mobile Fire Safety Experience from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at P.S. 173 in Fresh Meadows to teach children and families about fire safety.

Following simple fire safety tips, such as making sure the house is equipped with working smoke alarms; testing smoke alarms monthly; making and practicing a home escape plan; knowing two ways out of every room; rearranging bedrooms to provide easier escape for children, the elderly or the disabled can make all the difference in the event of a fire.

Local residents interested in participating are encouraged to call 718-820-0241 or e-mail rozicn@assembly.state.ny.us.

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