Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week is Sunday, October 7 through Saturday, October 13, 2018.
Joining us to tell you all about Fire Prevention is Kevin Cooney Chief, South Windsor Fire Department; President, Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” It aims to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:
o LOOK: Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
o LISTEN: 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.
o LEARN: Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
The majority of fire deaths in North American happen at home. Today’s home fires burn faster than ever – in a typical home fire you may have as little as 60 seconds to escape safely when the smoke alarm sounds.
That’s why firefighters throughout the state will spend the next week visiting schools and talking with children about fire safety. They’ll review escape planning, the importance of having working smoke and CO alarms, cooking safety, and more.
During Fire Prevention Week open houses in communities will be held. This is an opportunity for residents to visit their fire houses, speak with their personnel, tour their stations, explore apparatus, and, hopefully, consider volunteering with them.
The majority of fire departments throughout Connecticut are experiencing a volunteer shortage.
For More Information Visit, EverydayHeroCT.org.