Fire Prevention Week Proclamation

Whereas, the City of Dexter is a great place to live, work and play in Washtenaw County in Southeast Michigan; and
Whereas, the City of Dexter provides excellent public safety services including fire, rescue and police to ensure that all residents and businesses are safe and secure; and
Whereas, the City of Dexter wants to ensure that its citizens and visitors are safe and continue to be safe; and
Whereas, fire is a serious safety concern that involves public awareness and public effort to prevent unnecessary fires; and
Whereas, homes are the locations within most communities where people are at the greatest risk of fires; and
Whereas, kitchens are the most common area in a home where fires occur; and
Whereas, this proclamation serves as a reminder to use safe cooking practices such as:

  • Staying by the stove while something is cooking,
  • Turn off burners that are not being used,
  • Stoves are not heaters – do not use them as a home heating source,
  • Turn your pot handles to the side rather than outward so they don’t get bumped,
  • Don’t let your kids play in front of the stove – maintain at least a 3 foot safety zone in all directions,
  • Don’t place hot items near the edge of the stove, counter or tables – makes sure they are in the center of the table or back of the counter
Whereas, every home should have an emergency plan for leaving the home if a fire should occur. 
Now, Therefore, I, Shawn Keough, Mayor of the City of Dexter, do hereby proclaim October 4 through October 10, 2020 as Fire Prevention Week in the City of Dexter, and I encourage all of our residents to change the batteries on your smoke detectors, replace your smoke detectors if they are too old, check your kitchens for fire hazards, talk to your children and neighbors about the importance of fire prevention and to practice safe cooking at all times.

Note:  Fire Prevention Week is observed the week of October 9th in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that started as a neighborhood fire, killing over 30 people leaving over 100,000 residents homeless.