FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
In a fire, every second counts. Fire can double in size every thirty seconds - that's 1100% of its original size in just 4 minutes. This is why NFPA has declared this year's Fire Prevention Week's theme: "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" Here are a few messages to this year's campaign on managing the spread of fire, and escaping safely:
- Map out your home with all members of the household, making sure to mark 2 exits to each room and each room's quickest escape routes from the building.
- Practice your own fire drills throughout the year (NFPA recommends at least twice - 1 during nighttime and 1 during the day). This is especially important with children. Practice multiple ways of escaping your house, and make sure everyone has 1 spot outside of the building where you will all meet. Accountability is very important!
- Children should know how to escape on their own in case you can't help them or get into their room.
- Close doors as you leave - you would be amazed to see how much a closed door can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back into a burning building. Not only is the fire growing at an alarming rate, but smoke will quickly replace breathable oxygen and the integrity of your house will slowly diminish as the fire continues.
If you ever have any questions about fire prevention and safety, always feel free to reach out to your local fire department. One of our key services to our communities is to prevent fires, not just fight them, and we are always looking to educate and help whenever possible.