Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week
Posted on 10/08/2018
Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13. This year’s theme designated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for this year is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere”, which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

Here’s the NFPA’s advice for steps you can take during Fire Prevention Week to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:

Look
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

Listen
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

Learn
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

For additional information visit nfpa.org or wmfrd.org. Also be sure to check out these additional tips from the West Metro Fire-Rescue District: