According to a survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three-quarters of Americans have created an escape plan in case of a fire at home.
Traditionally running from October 8-14, this year's Fire Prevention Week theme; "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" provided an opportunity for firefighters to teach children the importance of an escape plan and what to do if the house is on fire.
On Saturday, the SFD is hosting its annual Open House in celebration of Fire Prevention Week from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at Central Fire Station, 110 Elm St.
But most importantly, it allows community members and firefighters to meet in a fun atmosphere.
Hammer says parents should make sure their youngster know the plan.
"We talked to them about basic fire safety". This also means having a complete plan for safely using an alternate escape such as a window, said Kevan Jess, acting Alberta fire commissioner, in the release.More news: Snap Inc (SNAP) Unveils "Context Cards" To Provide Background On Snaps
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When a fire breaks out, timing is everything.
When it comes to a house fire, a second could be the difference between life and death.
To prepare kids for a fire that they hope never happens, firefighters donned helmets and masks, demonstrating what their voices sound like through all the protective layers.
According to the Bureau of Fire Prevention in Lincoln past year there were 547 fires, 72 were from cooking incidents, 68 were caused by smoking materials, and 56 were electrical. Although too young to really grasp the idea of fire safety and truly understand it, exposing them to firefighters in full equipment still helps.
First and foremost, have smoke detectors installed on each level of the home and inside of each sleeping room and make sure they have fresh batteries at least once per year. Free smoke alarms will also be made available to residents who need one. If you are not comfortable using an extinguisher, in the event of a fire, get out and call 911.
Claudio Mostacci, fire safety officer at the City of Hamilton, said people sometimes think they have more time than they actually do to leave the scene of a fire.