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Fire Prevention Week - October 8-14

Did you know at least 7 people die in home fires every day?

In a fire every second counts, so it is crucial to be prepared for the worst. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends everyone should have an escape plan to prevent these kinds of situations.
Here are some tips to follow and pass along:

  • 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 about Fire Prevention Week click here.


The Fire Prevention Office in Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management knows that you are ready to give your best for our students when you are at work…to keep them safe, happy, and healthy. Be sure to have that same level of readiness for your family at home.
This year, commit to some simple home fire prevention and response actions:

  • Check your smoke detectors, and replace them if they are more than 10 years old.
    • Why?  The smoke sensor in the detector gets less sensitive with age and accumulates dust. To keep residues from the electronics out of the landfill, return your old smoke detectors them to the hardware store or manufacturer.
  • Have an exit strategy. Know two ways out from everywhere you live, work, and play.
    • Why?  If a hazard blocks one of the ways out of your home, workplace, or event venue, you still have a chance.
  • Set up shared meeting places with several of your neighbors.
    • Why?  Once you are out of your house, you will need a safe place to stay until the emergency passes. Leaving kids and pets with trusted neighbors will let you focus on recovery without having to worry about them as much.

If you or your work team are interested in EHSRM’s Fire Safety in Home and Office training, we will come to you. Call Fire Marshal John DeLaHunt at x4420 for more information.

Heed this good advice from 2016

Fire Prevention Week Poster  
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Updated 10-12-2017