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State Fire Marshal and ATF encourage Kentucky residents to safely celebrate the Fourth of July

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal joins the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in reminding the public to exercise caution when dealing with fireworks. Haney “To better ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July, the public is encouraged to enjoy firework shows conducted by licensed professionals,” said Mike Haney, Kentucky’s Fire Marshal and Director of PPC’s Division of...

More than 700 attendees expected for 90th annual Kentucky State Fire School this week in Lexington

More than 700 are expected to attend one of the longest continuously running fire schools in the nation, the 90th annual Kentucky State Fire School (KYSFS), which returns to Lexington June 6-9 at the Lexington Convention Center. “It’s an honor to continue to be a part of this special fire school legacy,” said Kentucky Firefighters Association (KFA) President Pat Thompson. “This event brings...

For Fire Prevention Week, some tips from state Division of Fire Prevention for you to do at home

Kentucky State Fire Marshal Mike Haney joins the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in educating Kentuckians during Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Oct. 15. “The best way to practice fire safety is to make sure a fire doesn’t break out in the first place,” said Haney.  “Look around for potential problems, like overloaded electrical outlets and the use of too many extension...

Bevin proclaims September Campus Fire Safety Month, focus shifts to off-campus housing

In college towns across the nation, fire officials are challenged each year to find ways to start and end the school year without a significant fire tragedy. In Kentucky, the state fire marshal is shifting the focus to off-campus housing during Campus Fire Safety Month, which Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed for the month of September. Reaching out to parents who co-sign leases is one way to ensure...

State fire marshal encourages residents to change batteries in smoke alarms this weekend

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal is reminding Kentuckians to change the batteries in each of the home’s smoke alarms when clocks spring forward to daylight saving time this weekend. “Early warning is the first line of defense in escaping a fire,” said Mike Haney, director of the Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Fire Prevention and the state’s fire marshal. “Having a working smoke...

Make the holiday season a safe one by taking caution with candles, Christmas trees, other decorations

Holiday cooking, Christmas trees, candles and holiday decorations significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires, said Kentucky State Fire Marshal Bill Swope, director of the state Division of Fire Prevention. “The holiday season can remain festive and fun by taking preventative steps and following simple rules of thumb to prevent home fires,” said Swope. “My advice is to stay...

When you ‘spring forward’ this weekend, also remember to change smoke alarm batteries

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal is reminding Kentuckians to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they “spring forward “this weekend to daylight saving time.   “Early warning is the first line of defense in escaping a fire,” said William Swope, director of the Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Fire Prevention and the state’s fire marshal. “Without a working...