Officials recognize fire safety week in Bibb

Before an audience of schoolchildren, Macon-Bibb County fire officials kicked off National Fire Prevention Week on Tuesday, delivering a message that it is up to everyone to make sure their houses are safe from blazes.

“Fire prevention is your job,” Larry Smallwood, the department’s training chief, said in a ceremony at City Hall. “Our job is fire suppression.”

Smallwood noted that nearly 90 percent of people killed in fires, die in fires at their residences.

He repeated the national fire-prevention slogan, “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”

Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen, a former firefighter, told the assembly of 100 or so, “Please don’t take the batteries out of smoke detectors. ... Go buy batteries. They’re in there for a reason.”

Fire-safety information will be available in a display at the Macon Mall beginning today, Smallwood said. The display includes fire trucks and other rescue vehicles.