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Fire Safety and Injury Prevention

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safety_photo01Marion County Fire Rescue believes when people are informed they can make better decisions, so MCFR is committed to informing, empowering and encouraging citizens to lead healthier, safer lives. Although no family can prevent all accidents and no home is fireproof, simple safety tips can significantly decrease the impact fire and other emergencies have on families. 

MCFR firefighters participate hundreds of community education events yearly, visiting schools, daycare centers, neighborhood associations, civic groups, assisted living facilities and retirement communities. It's estimated that these events reached thousands of citizens of all ages.

To request a public education event for your group, please call MCFR's Public Safety Specialist at
(352) 291-8000.

safety_photo02Fire Prevention Month:
Get Down! Get Out! Get on the Phone!

MCFR expands nationally observed fire prevention week into an entire month of learning activities yearly during October. The first Fire Prevention Month campaign was launched in October 2007, and MCFR has since partnered consistently with Marion County Public Schools to teach children life-saving fire safety messages. The fire prevention month themes are created from previous local test data. Recent data revealed that students were confused when and where they should call 9-1-1. Students mistakenly thought they should call 9-1-1 from inside a burning building.  As a result, the "Get Down. Get Out. Get on the Phone!" campaign was formed.

safety_photo03To address the local statistics, firefighters visit each of Marion's 32 public elementary schools, reaching more than 20,000 students yearly. Our staff provides curriculum that teach Florida's Sunshine State Standards and fire safety lessons, and we spark creativity with a countywide poster contest.

MCFR's Fire Prevention month campaign has received awards from the Florida Public Relations Association and the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association, recognizing its solid public relations practices.

Click on the links below to view safety information and tips on the following topics:

Candle Safety
Carbon Monoxide Danger
Holiday Hazards
Cooking Safety
Fire Escape Plans  


Fire Extinguishers
How and When to Call 9-1-1
Smoke Alarms Save Lives