It’s Fire Prevention Week!

Welcome to fire prevention week!

WHAT IS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK?

Fire prevention week is observed during the Sunday through Saturday period where October 9th falls. This date is chosen in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire which began on October 8th, 1871 and lasted through October 9th. Fire prevention week is used to educate the public about fire safety. This year’s theme is ‘Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!’.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

In light of this year’s theme, first and foremost – HAVE AN ESCAPE PLAN! Your escape plan should include two escape routes from each room and a clear path to the outside. In addition, have a meeting point once you get outside.

Your escape plan should be practiced a minimum of two times a year and should be practiced during the day and at night. If there are children in the household, practice more! Make sure they understand what they need to do in the event of a fire!

Make sure your home number is clearly visible from the street so firefighters can find your home.

Educate your children on fire safety and the dangers of handling flammable items.

In the event of a fire, close doors behind you as you escape. This can help prevent the spread of fire, smoke, and heat. If your home is filled with smoke, stay low to the floor and crawl towards the nearest exit. If your exits are blocked by fire, get into a room and close the door. Block the bottom of the door with blankets to help reduce the amount of smoke entering the room. Get to the nearest window and make yourself visible and call out.

Once you get out, STAY OUT! Do not go back into a burning building for pets or valuables!

WHAT WE CAN DO

If you have any questions regarding fire safety and prevention, contact us. We’re here to help!

If you are in need of smoke alarms, we usually have a limited number on hand. Please call us at 570-874-3859 and we will do our best to get them to you.

We take fire safety and prevention seriously. You may have as little as one to two minutes to get to safety after the smoke alarm sounds. Practice your escape plan and know it inside and out!

Right click here and choose Save As to download a printable escape plan.

We thank you for your continued support!

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