Planning Two Ways Out

12 October, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Every second counts: Fire prevention week

October 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!, works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practising it.

Local fire departments will be visiting elementary schools, participating in fire drills and promoting fire prevention and protection in the home.

"We always suggest you check your smoke detectors twice a year", Hovind says.

The students now know what number to call in an emergency, as well as some things that could get them into trouble.

¬ďA fire escape plan needs to be practical and easy for your family to follow.

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Now, before a fire happens, is the time to prepare one and to practice using it.

"Most kids these days know what a cell phone is so they can understand what 911 is, knowing how to get out of your house", said Assistant Fire Chief, Jason Evans. Other precautionary measures include checking your smoke alarms once a month, practicing proper kitchen safety, and knowing where your fire extinguisher is and how to use it.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that USA fire departments responded to an average of 358,300 home structure fires per year during 2010-2014.

"You don't have time to gather all the belongings or any special mementos or anything like that", he said. Topics range from "stay low and go", don't back into the house or building to retrieve anything, and smoke detectors. If the customer does not have smoke alarms, firefighters will install one free of charge. "Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas".

Mostacci said residents should also have a fire escape plan in place that outlines two ways to escape every room, a meeting place after escape and an appointed person responsible for someone who needs help escaping in case of a fire.

This will be done at no cost to residents, including if a smoke detector is installed or replaced in the home. "God forbid that we have to go into their house to rescue them, we don't want them to run away from our firemen".

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