Fire Prevention Week (put together by the NFPA) is October 7-13th. But if we really think about it, why not have Fire Prevention all year long? Every year has a main focus or topic, this year’s topic is “Look. Listen. Learn”. NFPA describes how each of these steps is critical for those of all ages to be safe in regards to fire.
“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.
Also, Sparky the Fire Dog® has a new friend, Simon, who is helping teach this year’s FPW messages – He’s a smart, resourceful character who will join Sparky in spreading fire-safety messages to adults and children alike.
If theres a fire department near you, chances are they’ll have an open house that week and be able to show and explain as well as demonstrate fire safety tips, ways to extinguish fire and everything in between.