Fire Prevention Week can be a Fire Prevention Life if you take smart steps to stay safe

From the National Fire Protection Association comes this important guidance:

Fire prevention at home always factors in a fire extinguisher, smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.

Fire prevention at home always factors in a fire extinguisher, smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.

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.

Learn more here from the National Fire Protection Association, and you can find more safety guidance from us for your home here.  And always take sensible steps to stay safe!

 

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