Firefighters share survival tips for National Fire Prevention Week

Firefighters share survival tips for National Fire Prevention Week

Firefighters share survival tips for National Fire Prevention Week

"Practice an escape plan before there's a fire so you can get out safely".

On Tuesday evening, the City Council dedicated October 8 to 14 to raise awareness about fire safety, a declaration that coincides with National Fire Prevention Week.

This year's Fire Prevention Week Theme is "Every Second Counts: Have 2 Ways Out".

^ Close doors behind when leaving - this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.

"That is why it is vital to make escape plans and to practice them with your family", Tyree said.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream will be provided courtesy of the Fire Department and Auxiliary. During the past year, the main 17,000-square-foot facility has been remodeled to adapt to the fire station's needs. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building.

"You know safety sometimes can be considered by children to be boring, but if you put a little excitement into it and a little bit of fun, it really catches on and they learn very quickly", Nichols said.

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A recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revealed that only a small percentage of people know the minimum required actions they need to take to provide safety for themselves or family.

"Modern home furnishings, along with the fact that newer homes tend to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, all contribute to an increased rate at which home fires burn", said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

Lowe cautions that smoke is the leading killer in house fires and so working smoke detectors become the first line of defense. He recommends having an escape plan, as well as practicing it.

Battery powered smoke alarms that are 10 years or older should be replaced and if you're not sure how old yours are, it's a good idea to replace all of them with dual sensor smoke alarms. "I really challenge the parents at 11, 12 o'clock at night to go set that smoke detector off, to see if children are really getting out of bed".

One of the most common sources of fires are heaters, make sure you have those away from flammable items, like your curtains.

During the week, and the whole month of October, the Henderson Fire Department will be visiting Vance County Schools to speak to kids about fire safety, as well as going from door to door asking to perform free home fire inspections.

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