Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape.
The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2022 is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” This week stretches from October 9th to October 15th, but fire prevention events often carry into the later weeks of October. This year marks 100 years since the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has hosted a themed week surrounding fire prevention. The remaining portion of this page serves to share materials and useful links regarding fire prevention for this year.
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Smoke Alarms provide enhanced warning upon the outbreak of a fire. These sensors will sound once they detect a small amount of smoke. This advanced warning spares valuable time for escape. Smoke alarms save lives.
However, they must be maintained. Batteries should be changed approximately every 6 months or when a chirping is heard coming from the device. Keeping these machines in proper, working order will ensure your family has more time to recognize a hazard and carry out your escape!
Build an Escape Plan
Escape Plans are a must when practicing fire safety. Everyone in a household should have a clear understanding of their home layout and have multiple routes of escape for various situations. However, this is only the first step.
In order for the escape plans to work, all exit routes must be kept clear of hazards and obstructions. Toys, furniture, and any other obstacles may not seem like a big deal right now, but they can create unforeseen difficulties during a time of distress.
During a fire, it is important to get out of the house and then call 911. The most important thing is getting families and pets out of the house. Within minutes, smoke and flames can overtake exit paths, so there is no time to call 911 until you are safely out of the house.
Just like any skill, practice is necessary to successfully achieve the desired result. Though fire prevention only lasts a week out of every year, discussing exit plans and safety practices should be a regular occurrence within every household.
– Regularly discuss your means of escape
– Create a habit of maintaining escape paths
– Prepare for a wide variety of situations
– Understand the statistics regarding fires and their speed
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