Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our state; and

Whereas Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire; and

Whereas There were 31,229 fires reported in Massachusetts during 2012 causing 39 civilian deaths, two fire-related firefighter deaths, 322 civilian injuries, 531 fire service injuries and an estimated $257 million in property damage, and 1,135 reported arsons; and

Whereas Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fire-related injuries and people over 65 are twice as likely to be injured in home cooking fires and account for 33% of all fire death in the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned by a cooking fire; and

Whereas Most kitchen fires result from unattended cooking and the best protection from kitchen fires is to stay in the kitchen and stand by your pan when frying, grilling broiling or boiling food; turn off the stove if you have to leave the room, even for a short time; if roasting or baking, check regularly and use a timer and keep a lid near the stove. In the event of a pan fire, you can put a lid on it to stop the fire; and

Whereas Residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire; and

Whereas This year’s theme, Prevent Kitchen Fires! Supports fire departments’ efforts to educate everyone about safety in the kitchen and helps to educate us about how we can prevent kitchen fires: wear clothing with tight fitting sleeves, stand by your pan and keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove. These tips and others promoted during Fire Prevention Week empower Massachusetts’ residents to prevent home fires and protect their families,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 6th – 12th, 2013, to be,

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fifth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts