Huntsville Fire and Rescue urges families to make fire plan

Every second counts: Fire prevention week

Each year over 2,500 people die in fires, a lot of them in residential occupancies.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been the official sponsor since the initiative began in 1922, which is on record as the longest running public health observance, according to their website. They reassured students that they needn't be afraid of firefighters even when their uniforms make them look unrecognizable.

Here are a few tips for developing and practicing your home escape plan.

Now, before a fire happens, is the time to prepare one and to practice using it.

Many people have fire extinguishers in their homes, but Forbush said people should not depend on them to put out anything more than basic kitchen fires.

On Saturday, the SFD is hosting its annual Open House in celebration of Fire Prevention Week from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at Central Fire Station, 110 Elm St. This also means having a complete plan for safely using an alternate escape such as a window, ” said Kevan Jess, acting Alberta fire commissioner, in the release. It runs annually the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which killed more than 250 people and left more than 100,000 people homeless back in 1871.

The American Red Cross is also doing its part to keep homes safe with its creation of a nationwide Home Fire Campaign.

Per the fire code, smoke detectors should be placed on every level of a home, in hallways leading to bedrooms, and in every bedroom. "Once you hear the smoke alarm, you need to react quickly and know ahead of time what to do".

Make sure your children know the emergency phone number for your fire department, as well as how to escape on their own in case you can't help them. CO and smoke detectors that are over ten years old should be replaced as they have reached the end of their life expectancy. "Now, we are looking at about one minute for the hallways, too risky to try and get out, and two and a half, three minutes before the room is completely on fire".

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