Fire Prevention Week 2017

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between escaping safely from a fire or having lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”. Everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here are a few tips:

  • Draw a map of your home 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 and emergency service personnel 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 additional fire safety information, contact the Fire Department at (209) 895-8130.