The theme for Fire Prevention Month 2019 is ”Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”
Want to keep your family safer from fire? Follow these key points:
- Make a diagram of house
- Make an escape plan
- Make sure there are two ways out of each room
- Test your smoke detectors
- Establish a safe meeting place outside
- Practice the escape plan with everyone in the house twice a year
- Call 9-1 for all emergencies
Fires have changed over the years—they burn faster and hotter. They burn faster and hotter because of the amount of plastics and other chemicals in our homes. You may have as little as two minutes to safely escape from the time the smoke alarms sounds. It’s important everyone know what to do and how to safely escape. Time is of the essence.
Smoke detectors are the single most important piece of life-saving equipment. They should be on every level of the home and in every room where someone sleeps. Test the detectors every month and change the batteries when you change your clocks in the spring and fall. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
NOTE: Strongsville Fire and Emergency Service is inviting the community to attend a fire station open house on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Fire Department Headquarters, 17000 Prospect Road. Residents are encouraged to stop in to tour the station, learn about fire safety, learn about the many different fire trucks and equipment and participate in fun and educational activities like fire extinguisher training, spraying a fire hose, or trying the firefighter obstacle course.
For more information on fire prevention, click the link: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Fire-Prevention-Week/About
The National Fire Protection Association has sponsored Fire Prevention Week since 1922. In 1925 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making It the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, and oftentimes the entire month of October, children, adults and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease causalities caused by fires. Fire Prevention Week is observed annually during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871 and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.