National Fire Prevention Week focuses on having a plan

Jerome Frank
October 10, 2017

Chief Jim Mitchell with Knoxville Fire and Rescue tells KNIA/KRLS News his department will host different preschools, showing them equipment and telling the children how to stay safe from fire. "That's why this year's campaign theme is so important - having an escape plan as well as fully functioning smoke alarms are essential to safely escaping a home fire".

Smoke and fire spread fast, so there's no time to figure out how to escape after a fire starts.

"That is why it is vital to make escape plans and to practice them with your family", Tyree said.

Traditionally, the West Hartford Fire Department hosts an open house Monday through Friday - one at each of the town's five fire stations - during the week and invites the public to learn about fire safety and interact with local firefighters.

The various activities put on by the fire department were educational and fun for both children and adults.

The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

"When you're in a panic mode, you rely back to the things you've practiced, that you know really well", Bevis said.

Highland-Pierron Fire Department has expanded its fire prevention efforts to better protect those in their fire district.

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Edmonds said this is the first time in the past couple of years that the fire department has held the open house event, but says that this year they made a decision to bring it back to help increase community relations and involvement.

Make sure doors and windows are not blocked by furniture or other obstacles.

Make sure the house number is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find. All Americans should create a fire escape plan and practice it yearly with their families.

Ellsworth's fire inspector, Jason Kmiotek, also recommended to look for exits in every facility you enter.

But, a plan shouldn't just be drawn up and forgotten about - it needs to be practiced, too. "And if you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the way out".

"You need to practice to see if it works for the oldest down to the youngest", Clark said.

In Canmore, Fire Prevention Week will wrap up with a free pancake breakfast at the Canmore Fire Hall on October 15 from 8-11 a.m. The primary goal of the AFG is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and State Fire Training Academies.

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