Monday, 11 December, 2017

Departments spread awareness during Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is in October Fire Prevention Week is in October
Edmund Wade | 12 October, 2017, 00:29

The National Fire Protection Association utilizes its mascot Sparky the fire dog to teach children the importance of home escape plans and to never go back into a burning building. This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out" aims to reinforce potentially life-saving messages.

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. "Once they get out, they should have a meeting place outside", Mitchell said. "As we all learned earlier this year when there was a room on fire at Mimosa hall, students assumed that it was just another fire alarm and did not evacuate". When a fire breaks out, things happen fast, and you should always have a plan of escape.

Another common fire hazard are clothes dryers that haven't been cleaned properly - or run continuously for long periods of time.

"Most kids these days know what a cell phone is so they can understand what 911 is, knowing how to get out of your house", said Assistant Fire Chief, Jason Evans.

Implemented by President Coolidge in 1925, after the Great Chicago Fire, the week which October 9th falls is annually Fire Prevention Week.

Part of the plan also includes what to do after getting out of the house. Captain Mark Nugent with the Horry County Fire Rescue said it's important to change the batteries, but it's also important to check the date on the smoke alarm.

It is the law in Ontario that homes must have working smoke alarms installed on every storey and near sleeping areas.

According to the National Institutes of Standards and Technology around 40 years ago when a fire alarm went off you would have around 17-30 minutes to safely get outside, today you only have around three minutes.

"Home escape planning is one of the most basic but fundamental elements of home fire safety, and can truly make the difference between life and death in a fire situation", said Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice-president of outreach and advocacy. He also recommends having a portable ladder in multi-storey homes in case residents need to use a window to evacuate, as well as a fire extinguisher, particularly in the kitchen.

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