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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week infographic

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:

  • fire-escape-plan2 (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.

Spread the Word

How can you help spread the word?

Through our experience, kids of any age enjoy seeing the fire trucks and firefighters in their turnout gear. But, what if you can’t produce those things?

Get involved by hosting a neighborhood barbecue. Invite your community members to meet each other and share some tips for fire safety. Our top tip for families is to make a fire escape plan and practice it. Designate a gathering/meeting area for your family after you escape in case you are separated. Another tip is to know your surroundings and what goes on in your neighborhood.  

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week by identifying potential fire safety hazards in and around your home. Garages, kitchens and basements are areas that need special attention. Do you have old paint to dispose? Chemicals that aren’t labeled? Is your basement in need of a good decluttering? All of these items can produce combustion. Find more information the NFPA website. While you're there, take the fire safety survey and find hidden dangers in your home. 

Contact your local fire department and see if they are having an open house or organizing an event. You might be surprised that most are able to install a smoke alarm for you.