Fire Prevention Week – Make every second count

Fire Prevention Week – Make every second count

The National Fire Protection Association’s theme for the 2017 Fire Prevention Week is “Every second counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.”

The NFPA’s theme emphasizes the need for an emergency plan, because seconds can mean the difference between life and death. This campaign is designed to encourage families to create a detailed escape plan. Here are the NFPA’s key messages:

  • Draw a map of your home by using NFPA’s grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) 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.

Visit the NFPA website for tools and resources to help your family make every second count by planning two ways out.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

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