The Casa Grande Fire Department is pleased to work in coordination with the National Fire Protections Association (NFPA) to celebrate Fire Prevention Week from October 8-14, 2017. This year’s theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.
“In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time your smoke alarm sounds,” said Fire Prevention Officer, Martha Bender. “That’s why home escape planning is so important in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.”
In support of Fire Prevention Week, the Casa Grande Fire Department will host a variety of outreach events to share these life saving messages with residents. The schedule of events for the week is as follows:
In addition to the scheduled events, the Casa Grande Fire Department encourages all Casa Grande households to develop a plan together and practice it. The NFPA and Casa Grande Fire Department offer these 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 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.
For more information on Fire Prevention Week, please click here or contact Fire Prevention Officer, Martha Bender at (520) 421-8777, ext. 5980.