Every Second Counts: October Is Fire Prevention Month

Oct 9, 2017


You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: do you know what to do?

As FIRE PREVENTION WEEK kicks off, be sure that you have an escape plan for residential fires – including knowing TWO WAYS OUT.

Here are some tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:

·         Draw a map of your home 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.

GET ALARMED! Did you know you can get a free fire alarm from your fire department? Plus, fire alarms are also CARBON MONOXIDE alarms! They’ll even come out and make sure it’s properly installed. Plus, you can inquire about special fire alarms for deaf and hard-of-hearing Kansas residents by requesting one online, or contact Jill at (785) 296-3403.

Find out more! For more information about Fire Prevention Week activities in Kansas, visit the website.

To learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” and home escape planning, click here. 

Have questions for your state Fire Marshal? Here are the links for each state:  Kansas  Colorado  Nebraska  Oklahoma  Texas 

Hear the full interview with Jill Bronaugh on High Plains Morning: