Fire Prevention Week
Not every hero wears a cape Plan and Practice your Escape™
The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) wants you to know how small actions can help keep you and those around you safe.
In 2017, fire departments in the U.S. have responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires have caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries.
“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “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. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
Develop and practice your home fire escape plan before a fire strikes:
- Plan your escape route.
- Test your smoke detectors. Alarms should be in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
- Choose an outside meeting place.
- Practice home fire drills, so that family members (especially children) know how to escape on their own.
Although fires can occur anywhere, four out of five U.S. fire deaths occur at home each year. Share this information with your loved ones, so they will know what to do in the event of a fire. For more information, visit www.FirePreventionWeek.org