October 8-14, 2017 is Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out! The theme reminds us about the importance of having a practiced home escape plan that everyone in the family knows. Seconds count in a fire and a practiced home escape plan can reduce the risk of injury or death in a fire. When a fire strikes, you may have less than one minute to safely get out of a building. Knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death.
Seconds count in a fire, and having a practiced home escape plan gives you the ability to escape deadly smoke and flames. For more information, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
Give your family the tools they need to escape a fire (In English and Spanish )
Most fatal fires occur in the home. Having a practiced home escape plan will provide family members with the tools they need to escape a fire. Creating a family plan, and practicing during the day and at night will prepare families so they can respond quickly in the event of a fire. Plan two ways out of every room, especially bedrooms. Choose a meeting place outdoors, away from the house. Once out, never go back inside! Remind family members to leave the house immediately whenever the alarm sounds. Fires produce heat, smoke and toxic gases. Having working smoke alarms will give your family an early alert so that you have the time you need to leave the building. Practice your home escape plan so that everyone can get out quickly and safely in a fire.
Fires in Massachusetts
No one thinks fire will happen to them, yet according to data from the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS), there were 31,889 fires reported in Massachusetts during 2016 causing 56 civilian deaths, 295 civilian injuries, 483 fire service injuries and an estimated $258 million in property damage.
Winning Teen Video on Family Fire Safety
Check out this video created by students from Millis High School that won third place in the Department of Fire Services’ 2016-2017 YouTube™ Video Contest.
Important Additional Resources for the Public and Fire Educators:
- Practicing Home Fire Drills – Make use of the time working smoke alarms provide!
- Cooking Fires and Burn Safety – Cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home.
- Electrical Fire Safety – Electrical fires are a leading cause of fires and a major cause of fire deaths.
- Fire Safety Topics Index – DFS has information and flyers on a variety of fire safety topics.
- SAFE Kids USA® also offers resources on fire prevention.
- Multi-Lingual and Multi-Cultural Fire Safety - easy –to-read fact sheets on fire safety in a variety of languages.
- Young Heroes - read about youngsters who have saved themselves and others in real-life emergencies using what they learned in school.
- Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) - Many fire departments work with classroom teachers to present fire safety lessons through this program.
- Resources for Fire Educators – DFS resources for fire educators to help them develop fire safety programs including the Curriculum Planning Guidebook, Fire Safety Houses, and other educational tools.
Call 1-877-9NO-FIRE to reach the Public Education Hotline in the Division of Fire Safety.