Today’s home fires burn faster than ever, making escape planning critical to home fire safety. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as 1 or 2 minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have. Seconds count in escaping a fire – be prepared!
Each year the National Fire Prevention Association picks a theme for the week. The 2019 campaign is “Not every hero wears a cape. PLAN and PRACTICE your ESCAPE.”
The Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association reminds us that part of your plan should be to have smoke alarms inside every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they should all sound.
Chief Gary Pini from the Peninsula Fire Protection District reminds us all to have a home escape plan. “ Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and have an outside meeting place for your family.”
Since 1922, Fire Prevention week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire that began the evening of Oct. 8, 1871, and killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,400 structures Oct. 8 and 9.
The primary purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to keep the public informed about the importance of fire safety and fire prevention.