Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year in the week that contains Oct. 9. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets a theme that works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep to stay safe.
This year's theme is "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape."
Today’s homes burn much faster than they did decades ago. You could have two minutes or less to safely escape a fire at home after the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from working smoke alarms and a practiced home escape plan.
Every home is different, and every home fire escape plan will also be different. To create your plan, start with a diagram of your home and think about two ways out of every room (remember that one way out may be a window). Be sure your routes aren't blocked by furniture or other objects, and be sure the doors and windows open easily. Pick a family meeting place outside out front that's a safe distance from the home.
You can create a diagram using NFPA's Home Escape Plan Grid (in English and Spanish) and an action checklist using NFPA's Home Safety Action Plan (in English and Spanish). Once you've created your plan, practice it regularly during the day and at night so everyone in the home is familiar with it. Remember that young children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance.
The National Fire Protection Association has many resources for firefighters and teachers including lesson plans for different age groups, sample press releases, the logo, and more: visit www.nfpa.org.
|Date published:||October 3, 2022|