Montgomery County, It’s Fire Prevention Month
October is fire prevention month (and week Oct. 7th – 13th 2018). During the month of October fire departments, schools and community leaders along with others try and raise fire and home safety awareness. In case of an emergency, is your family prepared?
There are many resources online that can help you talk and about and learn all about fire safety Learn More . Every family is differs and so do their homes. This means there isn’t just one plan for everyone. Get grandparents, aunts and uncles, even friends in on this too. Fires can happen anywhere and only take seconds to become life threatening.
The second week in October was named Fire Prevention Week by the National Fire Protection Association in 1922; in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. “Today, we celebrate Fire Prevention Week and Month by raising awareness and educating families, students and communities across the United States.Fire departments go around to schools and communities to talk to kids and teach them about fire safety and what to do to keep your home safe and what to do in case of a fire”.
Families should get together and LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN!
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
- According to the NFPA*, in 2016 there were 352,000 home fires, and 3 out of 5 fire deaths occurred in homes without smoke alarms.
- Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan.
- Carbon monoxide is the #1 cause of accidental death.