Press Release

Sente Reminds Residents to Check Smoke Detectors during Fire Prevention Week


VERNON HILLS, Ill. – State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, is encouraging residents to brush up on their fire safety practices in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, observed from Oct. 4 through Oct. 10.

“As co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Fire Caucus and a former volunteer for a children’s burn camp, I have seen first-hand the devastating and long-term effects of burn injuries and fires,” Sente said. “This week, I am urging residents to join me in observing Fire Prevention Week and passing on simple safety reminders, like changing their smoke detector batteries and installing a smoke alarm in each bedroom.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), roughly half of home fire deaths are a result of fires reported between 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., when most residents are sleeping. The NFPA also reports that a properly installed and working smoke alarm can cut the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.

Sente serves as an active voice for first responders in the Legislature. She stays engaged locally by holding regular meetings with area fire chiefs and by attending community outreach events for the fire services in order to identify the needs of area fire departments.

“It takes a special kind of courage to perform the roles of our fire services personnel, who come to aid us in our greatest time of need,” Sente said. “We should all take a moment to regularly thank our firefighters, paramedics and other first responders who selflessly put their lives at risk to keep our communities safe.”