Fire Prevention Week: October 8-14

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

News posted Sep. 28, 2017 - 6:30 pm
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Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

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. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

“Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory,” said Lt. Lemuel Hubbard, Fire Educator of the Raleigh Fire Department. “That pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. The Raleigh Fire Department is working in coordination with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to reinforce those potentially life-saving messages. Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017.

“Home escape planning is one of the most basic but fundamental elements of home fire safety, and can truly make the difference between life and death in a fire situation,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.

In support of Fire Prevention Week, Lt. Lemuel Hubbard encourages all City of Raleigh households to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.

NFPA and the Raleigh Fire Department offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:

  • 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 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.

2017 Fire Prevention Week Activities in the City of Raleigh:

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • 79th Anniversary Chavis Park Celebrates (12 pm to 6pm)
    • Location: Chavis Park

Monday, October 9, 2017

  • Fire Prevention Week Kick-off Press Event (11 am to 12 pm)
    • Location: NC Department of Insurance, front steps of the Albemarle Building
  • Open House at Fire Station 24 (6pm to 8pm)
    • Address: 10440 Fossil Creek Court, Raleigh, NC 27617

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

  • Fire Prevention Week Awareness / Educational Event (10 am to 2 pm)
    • Location: Bicentennial Plaza – Mall Area between the History and the Science Museum
  • Open House at Fire Station 10 (6pm to 8pm)
    • Address: 2711 Sanderford Road, Raleigh, NC 27610

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

  • Fire Prevention Week Awareness / Educational Event (10 am to 2 pm)
    • Location: Bicentennial Plaza – Mall Area between the History and the Science Museum
  • Open House Fire Station 19 (6pm to 8pm)
    • Address: 4209 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27616

Thursday, October 12, 2017

  • Fire Prevention Week Awareness / Educational Event (10 am to 2 pm)
  • Location: Bicentennial Plaza – Mall Area between the History and the

Science Museum

  • Open House Fire Station 20 (6pm to 8pm)
  • Address: 1721 Trailwood Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

Friday, October 13, 2017

  • Fire Prevention Week Awareness / Educational Event (10 am to 2 pm)
    • Location: Bicentennial Plaza – Mall Area between the History and the Science Museum
  • Fire Prevention Week Display @ Crabtree Valley Mall (7am to 10pm)
    • 4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612

Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • Fire Prevention Week Display @ Crabtree Valley Mall (8am to 10pm)
    • 4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Home Fire Drill Day - City Wide Fire Drill @ 6:30pm

Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” (home escape planning)

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