Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!

by admin on September 11, 2017

Fire Prevention Week

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.escape plan

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.

Poster Contest – Pre-K through 6th grade students are invited to create a poster to teach their peers about the imporance of having a home escape plan.  There are two chances to win prizes this year! Students may enter the Fire Prevention Poster Contest, Home Escape Plan Challenge, or both.

Here’s this year’s Fire Prevention Week key messages:

  • Draw a map of your home (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.

For more on Fire Prevention Week, including videos, activities, history, and more, visit www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org.

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