FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – It’s National Fire Prevention Week, and this year’s fire safety campaign theme is, “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers some campaign tips to keep in mind when ensuring your house is prepared in case of a fire:
- 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.
- Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the home including the kitchen, basement and every bedroom and outside sleeping area.
- Never remove or disable smoke alarms.
- Test smoke alarms at least once per month by pushing the test button.
- Interconnect smoke alarms so if one sounds, they all do.
- If smoke alarms don’t work, replace the correct size battery or the entire smoke alarm unit.
- Place a portable ladder in each second-floor room.
- Have an updated emergency first aid kit.
- Check fire extinguishers for expiration and replace as needed.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors.
- 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.
National Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922 following the Great Chicago Fire.