by Michelle White
Fire Prevention Week starts on Sunday, October 4, 2020. The goal of Fire Prevention Week is to raise fire safety awareness. In a typical home fire, residents only have a few minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help them make the most of their time, giving everyone enough time to get out. There are many ways to get your family involved in creating an escape plan. Everyone should always have two ways out of every room. Does everyone know where your safe meeting spot is outside the home? It is important to keep it a few houses down on the same side of the street. Pick a neighbors’ tree or a corner light post; something easily remembered, and practice meeting there during a mock fire drill. NFPA website has printable fire escape plans along with many other safety tips and tools. October is the perfect time to conduct a fire drill before a real-life event occurs. If you work outside the home, has your office or company had a practice fire drill? This is just as important as creating a home fire escape plan. This is also a good time to check any fire extinguishers you have at home or work to make sure they are in good working condition. For more information, visit http://sparky.org/ for children or go to https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/ NFPA offers many easy to read handouts in a variety of different languages.
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