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Fire Prevention Week™: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

10/4/2019
Contact: Stuart Bevis, Fire Marshal |

The Wichita Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” Fire Prevention Week runs October 6-12 and is designed to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

The Wichita Fire Department is hosting a series of events during Fire Prevention Week. See second page for details.

NFPA statistics show in 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. The fires caused 2,630 deaths and 10,600 injuries. On average, seven people died in a home fire per day during 2012 to 2016.

“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

While the NFPA and the Wichita Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to all locations.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Fire Marshal Stuart Bevis, “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, please contact the Wichita Fire Department at wichitafire@wichita.gov or 316.268.4441. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org.

2019 Fire Prevention Week Schedule

“NOT EVERY HERO WEARS A CAPE. PLAN AND PRACTICE YOUR ESCAPE"

Sunday October 6 – Saturday October 12

Monday October 7th – Senior Living Safety
Community Risk Reduction Officers will visit three senior living centers throughout the day to share safety lessons. Messages will include knowing the closest exit to use in case of emergency, how to recognize hazards such as trip and fall hazards.

Tuesday October 8th - 5th Grade Fire Prevention Zoo Adventure
In cooperation with area fire departments and injury prevention coalitions and agencies, area fifth grade students and teachers will have the opportunity to interact with firefighters, practice fire safety measures and view fire equipment while enjoying the Sedgwick County Zoo. This event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday October 9th - Fun “N” Learning at the YMCA
North Branch YMCA. Area grade schools, home schools and special needs children are invited to attend this outdoor event where they have the opportunity to interact with the Wichita Fire Department and area injury prevention coalition partners. Youth will be able to experience the department’s Mobile Prevention Experience Unit, enjoy a puppet show, try on firefighter gear and get a close up view of several fire apparatus.  Partners in the event include WPD, Safe Kids, EVERGY (WESTAR) and the Kansas Highway Patrol. This event is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Branch YMCA, 3330 N. Woodlawn.

Thursday October 10th - Mobile Prevention Experience
A fire prevention caravan dedicated to child safety in the home, the special “smoke house” will visit area schools to instill the importance of smoke alarms in the home and having a fire escape plan, and sleeping with your door closed. Programs are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with stops at two Wichita area schools.

Friday October 11th – Smoke Alarm Blitz
Do you need a smoke alarm or know someone who does? Wichita Firefighters will be out installing free smoke alarms and/or batteries for people in our community who are in need. Carbon Monoxide detectors are also available. Please call 268-4441, Monday – Friday from 8-5, to schedule an appointment.

Saturday October 12th – Practice and Learn /Visit Your Neighborhood Fire Station
On this last day of Fire Prevention Week, we encourage residents to visit their local station from 1-3 p.m.. Children will be able to go through the updated Practice and Learn (PAL) program, actually learning how to escape a fire in the home. Vist www.wichita.gov/fire for station locations.

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