This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere," works to educate about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire – and how to escape safely in the event of one:
"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 meet.
"LEARN" two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 - 13, the Wichita Fire Department (WFD) is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind residents to be aware that those who report a fire today are more likely to die than those who report in 1980. This startling fact is attributed to several factors, including the way homes are built and the contents in them.
"Open floor plans and a prevalence of modern synthetic furnishings make homes burn faster and the fires produce deadly smoke and gases within moments," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. According to Carli, you can have as little as two to three minutes to escape a home fire today as compared to eight to ten minutes years ago.
"This year's Fire Prevention Week messages point to the essentials of home fire safety," said Carli. "Looking for potential fire hazards in the home, making sure your smoke alarms are working properly and having a home escape plan that everyone has practiced – these actions can dramatically reduce the loss from home fires."
As part of our prevention efforts during this week, the WFD has several activities planned. See the attached schedule for details.
For more questions, please call 268-4441, visit www.wichita.gov, or find the WFD on Facebook.