For Immediate Release
July 17, 2009
Commissioner Goldmark fire prevention PSA’s available
Audio files available for download
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today released public service announcements for use by radio stations throughout Washington state. He is encouraging the public to help prevent wildfires. Because a fire can start quickly and easily, people can help stop wildfires before they start.
Three separate PSA’s are available for download, and each deals with a different common cause of wildfires:
- General fire safety
“Hi, I’m Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark urging you to help stop wildfires before they start. If you plan on camping or spending time outdoors this summer, be safe and know the campfire restrictions. Thanks for helping us keep Washington green.”
- Off-road vehicle spark arresters
Files available at right.*
Fire prevention tips
- Know before you go – learn about fire restrictions at your destination.
- If a campfire is allowed, keep a shovel and water close at hand when campfire is going. Before you leave, use water to drown the campfire, and use a shovel to stir the water and coals until fire is completely out.
- Never park vehicles, including recreational vehicles, on dry vegetation. The exhaust system can get hot and start a fire.
- Dispose of lit smoking materials only in ashtrays or in a manner to ensure they will not ignite another source, such as in a tin cup of water.
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state, and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department. During fire season, this includes more than 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Community Outreach and Environmental Education, 360-902-1122, email@example.com.
*If you are not able to download the audio files for PSAs and want them e-mailed to you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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