Fire Prevention Week
Did you know the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that fires and explosions accounted for 3% of workplace fatalities in 2007?
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That's why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme: "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" is so important It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here's this year's key campaign messages:
- Draw a map of your home by using the National Fire Protection Association's grid in English or Spanish with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave - this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
For more information on Fire Prevention and Safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association's website. Kansas State University's Environmental Health & Safety encourages the completion of the web-based program titled "The ABC's of Portable Fire Extinguisher Selection, Use and Maintenance" offered in both English and Spanish. The National Ag Safety Database also gives great fire prevention tips specific to agriculture on their website.
This is an excellent opportunity to engage your family in fire safety. Remember - Every Second Counts!