“Have 2 Ways Out!” Important Reminder for Fire Prevention Week 2012
Posted: August 31, 2012
When fire strikes, a structure can be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors fire safety week, which is October 7-13.
It’s important to have a home and work fire escape plan that prepares you, your family, and your workers to think fast and get out quickly when a smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That’s why having two ways out are such a key part of your plan.
According to an NFPA survey, almost three-quarters of Americans have an escape plan; however, less than half actually practiced that plan. It can take less than 6 minutes for a fire to become life-threatening.
During this safety week, fire safety educators across the country will bring important safety messages to their communities, such as showing them simple ways to install and test smoke alarms. Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.