Fire Prevention Week is October 8-October 14, 2017

10.4.2017

 

  

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

 

 

This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 ways out!”  This is a great time to check batteries in smoke detectors, be sure exits are not blocked, and have a family fire drill. Prevention is definitely better than treatment when it comes to burns and smoke injuries.

 

For further information on this important topic please go to http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2/

 

 


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