PASCO, Wash. — Fire season hasn’t ended quite yet; and the haze outside is aptly reminding us this is the 100th year the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) is celebrating Fire Prevention Week.
It’s held on the anniversary of the great Chicago Fire, this time back in 1871.
This year’s campaign hits right at home…literally…according to Pasco Fire Department Public Information Officer Ben Shearer.
‘Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,’ is the campaign for the 100th anniversary.
“While we’re trying to get people to do is think about their house, think about where they’re at in their home,” Shearer explained. “If a fire happened at two o’clock in the morning, how are you and your family getting out of your house safely?”
He said the first thing firefighters ask when they show up at a house fire is, ‘Is everybody out of the house?’ Shearer said all too often, people say they’re not sure.
The NFPA steps to practicing your escape plans are as follows:
- Draw a map of your home. Include all doors and windows.
- Find two ways out of every room.
- Make sure doors and windows are not locked.
- Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
- Push the test button to sound the smoke alarm.
- Practice your drill with everyone in the home.
- Get outside to your meeting place.
Shearer said the PFD is happy to help families with their escape plans, check and install smoke alarms, and even provide free alarms for people over 65 or families with children under 17 in Pasco.
They’re also holding an open house Oct. 29th from 2 to 6 p.m. If you have any questions, or if you want to meet any local heroes, the open house is at 4920 Court St. in Pasco.
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