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Posted on: February 2, 2022

Chesterfield Fire & EMS Wants To Keep Residents Fire Savvy and Safe This Valentine’s Day

Fire Prevention - Smoking in Bed

Chesterfield Fire and EMS

Feb. 2, 2022

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County Fire and EMS wants to make sure any sparks made by residents this month won’t be their last. The department is reminding citizens there are other ways to ‘light the flames’ this Valentine’s Day and to properly dispose of smoking materials. 

Smoking is a leading cause of fatal fires in Chesterfield County and across the nation due to the improper discarding of smoking material, such as cigarettes and cigars. 

“Since 2008, improperly discarded smoking materials has contributed to 43% of Chesterfield County’s residential fire fatalities” said Chesterfield County Assistant Fire Chief Keith Chambers. “In launching this initiative, we hope to make our residents more aware about the dangers of smoking in their residences and the importance of properly discarding smoking material.” 

This Valentine’s Day make sure your home is fire safe and properly dispose of any fire materials, including cigarettes, by following these tips — 

  • Always smoke outside and never in bed as mattresses as well as bedding can catch on fire easily.
  • Never smoke around medical oxygen.
  • Discard cigarettes and ashes in a metal container filled with sand.
  • Never throw cigarettes on the ground.
  • If discarding ashes from a fireplace or firepit, allow ashes to cool completely.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home. 

This campaign is part of Chesterfield Fire and EMS’ yearlong initiative to educate residents about ways they can protect themselves, their families and their property from the risk of fire. 

Continuing themes county firefighters and EMS crews will be reminding residents throughout this yearly campaign: Call 9-1-1 if you smell smoke or see a fire; in the event of a fire ‘get out and stay out;’ and smoke alarms save lives. 

Furthermore, Chesterfield Fire and EMS are reminding residents to register with PulsePoint – a 9-1-1 integrated mobile app and community tool that empowers CPR-trained citizens to help save lives as well as providing awareness of active incidents occurring in the county.

This past year, Chesterfield Fire and EMS responded to over 47,000 calls for service, including over 300 cardiac arrest events. Chesterfield citizens can play a role and be a life saver by downloading the two PulsePoint apps: PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED.

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