This week is Fire Prevention Week!
Fire officials around the country will be working to help educate the public about the hazards that cause deadly fires.. including here in mid-Michigan.
During Fire Prevention Week (10/7-10/13) fire officials around the country are bringing awareness to the simple things residents can do to reduce the likelihood of starting a fire.
The theme this year is “Look, listen, be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, while children under 5 and adults over 65 are at the highest risk for injury or death in a fire, people of all ages are vulnerable. In fact, the risk of a nonfatal fire injury is highest for those between 20 and 49, showing that fire safety education is essential for everyone. Additional risk factors include race, socio-economic status, education level, and geographic location.
The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status in order to keep everyone safe.
In mid-Michigan, the follow open houses are being held to help teach fire safety:
- Windsor Twp. Emergency Services – Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 5pm – 8pm at the fire station – 300 W. Jefferson St., Dimondale, MI
- Delta Twp. Fire Dept. – Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6pm – 8:30pm – Delta Twp. Fire Station #1 – 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing, MI
- Potterville Fire Dept. – Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6pm- 8pm at the fire station – 301-323 N Nelson St, Potterville, MI
- Hamlin Twp. Fire Dept. – Saturday, October 13, 2018 from11am – 2pm at the fire station- 6463 S. Clinton Trl., Eaton Rapids, MI
- Olivet City Fire Dept. – Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from6pm – 8pm at the first station – 117 East St., Olivet, MI
Remember these fire prevention tips:
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 911. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
Find out more at firepreventionweek.org