House unanimously adopts Sainato ‘Risk Reduction Week’ resolution

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – Raising awareness about how risk reduction concepts can improve community safety is the aim of a resolution the House adopted unanimously today, according to the author, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence.

Sainato said he introduced H.R. 660 – designating the week of Jan. 20 through 26 as “Community Risk Reduction Week” in Pennsylvania – to make the public aware of how fire departments and community partners can use risk reduction techniques to reduce fire and carbon monoxide events, among other incidents. 

“Every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

“While their brave efforts at the scene are essential to community safety, there are also techniques that can help our first responders and their community partners reduce the risk.

“In this regard, data collection can be an incredibly useful tool that helps identify and prioritize these local risks so we can reduce their incidence, making life safer for our communities and those who put their lives on the line for us every day."

The resolution was adopted by a vote of 194-0.