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Fire Prevention Week this year is October 8th - 14th! This year's campaign, "Every second counts: plan 2 ways out!" continues last year's message by emphasizing that just seconds can mean the difference in escaping safely from fire or tragedy.
For most, our perception of a house fire has been influenced by what we’ve seen on TV, streamed to our laptop or simply watched in a movie theater. Sadly, these perceptions can be dangerously misleading. As I’ve said many times fire quickly grows in its intensity and the accompanying smoke becomes so dense so fast that you can rapidly become disoriented in even the most familiar of settings.
With this year’s campaign the NFPA reinforces the need for prompt action supported by a simple escape plan familiar to all household members. It may seem improbable but you can have less than two minutes to escape a fire from the time a smoke alarm sounds. So…some simple guidance from your fire department:
Our firefighters would be delighted to make a house visit during the day – weekdays or weekends – to discuss fire safety with family members. Or simply stop by the fire station for a chat. Alternatively, you can visit NFPA’s www.firepreventionweek.org for additional guidance on escape plans as well as many other fire safety topics.
Mike Sheff - City of Parker Fire Chief