29 Aug Fire Prevention Week Kickoff
Emmet – Chalmers Firefighters are teaming up with other local first responders, Farm King of Macomb, and Refreshment Services Pepsi for the 2017 Fire Prevention Week Kickoff in the south parking lot of Farm King, 1620 E. Jackson Street, on October 8th from 1 to 4 P.M.
There will be fire apparatus on display, activities for children, and informational items for the parents. Parents are encouraged to bring their children out to help teach them about fire safety, the benefits to having a smoke alarm, and to make them comfortable around firefighters. There will also be refreshments, giveaways, and fun for all.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week 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. Emmet – Chalmers Firefighters are working in coordination with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to reinforce those potentially life-saving messages. Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017.
“Developing and practicing a home escape plan is one of the most basic but fundamental elements of home fire safety,” said Fire Chief David Estes “That pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”
In support of Fire Prevention Week, Emmet – Chalmers Firefighters encourages everyone to develop a plan together and practice it. 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 (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following messages about 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 check out the Emmet – Chalmers website at: www.ecfpd.org
To learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” and home escape planning, visit: firepreventionweek.org