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Every second counts – Plan 2 ways out!
Fire Prevention Week October 8-14
Did you know that only one-third of Americans have created and practiced a home fire escape plan? Almost three-quarters of Americans have an escape plan; however, less than half ever practice it? With these statistics, it’s time to stop being complacent and get the ball rolling in creating a home escape plan for you and your family and more importantly practicing it.
The second week in October (8-14) marks Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme is “Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out!” Take time now to create an escape plan with your family and practice that plan twice a year. Knowing what to do and where to go can save precious seconds, helping you and your family escape safely without tragedy.
“Our goal is to make sure our residents are safe from fires, whether inside the home or outside,” said Lynne Tolmachoff, CAL FIRE Chief of Public Education. “Fire Prevention Week is one opportunity to initiate awareness of how to protect you and your family from harm’s way and to give you the tools you need to maintain a safe home and yard.”
Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8, 1871. The horrific fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. Each year’s theme is to reinforce the importance of fire prevention.
Crafting your plan for escaping a home fire is easy to do:
If you happen to be caught in a wildfire, knowing two ways out is critical to getting out safely. Create a Wildfire Evacuation Plan that includes:
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