With multiple fires in southeast Queens since last December, local elected officials decided to host a fire safety forum for the community.
Council members I. Daneek Miller and Adrienne Adams brought in representatives from the Fire Department, Emergency Management, Department of Buildings, Human Resources Administration and others for an event at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans.
The experts spoke gave residents tips on the placement of space heaters. They remarked on the importance of installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Finally, they gave advice about cooking safety, escape planning, preserving personal documents and applying for social safety net supports.
At least 10 people have died from fire emergencies in District 27 in just five years.
To learn more about fire safety and prevention, visit www.fdnysmart.org.