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SEPTA and Philadelphia Fire Department Team Up for Fire Safety

Heather Redfern
SEPTA Public Information Manager

"Fire is everyone's fight," said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel at a ceremony to unveil SEPTA's annual fire safety car cards. For the 17th consecutive year, the Authority is helping the Philadelphia Fire Department promote fire prevention by placing car cards in 2,000 SEPTA buses, trains, trolleys and stations. Commissioner Thiel and SEPTA Assistant General Manager of System Safety Scott Sauer installed the first card on a bus at the event held at Engine 8, Ladder 2 in Old City during Fire Prevention Week.

"We established this partnership with the Fire Department to increase fire safety awareness of the more than one million people that ride our buses, trains and trolleys every day," said Sauer. "The SEPTA Car Card posters serve as a reminder that we all need to be responsible for our own fire safety by having working smoke detectors on every floor of our homes, practicing home fire drills and having a home escape plan."

The SEPTA fire prevention car cards feature new safety tips each year. The 2016 theme, "Smoking Hazards Endanger Lives, Homes and Health" is designed to educate the public about the dangers of careless smoking. Not only can smoking cause cancer, smoking in bed or around oxygen tanks and not fully extinguishing cigarettes and cigars can result in deadly fires. Electronic cigarettes can also cause fires.

"SEPTA is a great partner," said Commissioner Thiel. "We share the same mission of keeping the residents of our communities safe."

The Junior Fire Patrol of the Philadelphia Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic School and Church and their sponsor Ms. Mei-Hing Lueng helped SEPTA and the Fire Department kick off the 2016 car card promotion. "The students are a great asset for SEPTA and the Fire Department," said Sauer. "They can take the fire prevention information back to their classmates, their families and the community. We hope that our riders will do the same after reading the information presented on the car cards."


SEPTA's 2016 car card highlights the dangers of careless smoking.



The 2016 car card unveiling was held at Engine 8, Ladder 2 in Old City.



Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel (center) joined SEPTA Assistant General Manager of System Safety Scott Sauer (left) and Director of Operational Safety Ed Abel at the car card unveiling.



The Junior Fire Patrol of the Philadelphia Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic School and Church and their sponsor Ms. Mei-Hing Lueng (right) are helping the Philadelphia Fire Department and SEPTA spread the word about fire safety.