Fire Prevention Week
Union Fire Protection District

Union Fire Promotes Fire Prevention Week

This year’s Fire Prevention Week is October 8 through the 14th.  The theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing and practicing a home escape plan. The Union Fire Protection District is working in coordination with the National Fire Protection Association to reinforce the potentially life-saving messages.
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.

“Developing and practicing a home escape plan is of upmost importance,” says Union Fire Chief Russell Hamilton.    “Such a plan can make the difference between life and death.”

In support of Fire Prevention Week, the Union Firefighters encourage households to develop and practice a plan together. 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 such as a tree, light pole, or mailbox,
Here are 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 address of your home is clearly marked and easy for the firefighters 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.

In addition Union Firefighters will be visiting schools to educate children and spread the fire safety message.  More information about Fire Prevention Week can be found by calling the Union Fire Protection District @ 636-583-2515 or by visiting The National Fire Protection Association website

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