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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...

Fall Back: Time change provides excellent reminder to change batteries on smoke alarms

Kentuckians “fall back” this weekend to standard time, and the Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Fire Prevention reminds Kentuckians that it’s the perfect time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. This weekend, at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, Kentuckians switch back from daylight saving time to standard time. “Early warning...

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...

Leave It to the Pros: Fire Marshal advises it’s better to celebrate July 4th at community events

The Kentucky Division of Fire Prevention and the state fire marshal encourage Kentuckians to attend community celebrations instead of celebrating with fireworks at home. “Using fireworks at home risks injury and property damage and may also violate local ordinances,” said state Fire Marshal Mike Haney. “I recommend that families attend local festivities instead of celebrating with fireworks at...

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...