City of Parker, Tx

Posted on: September 7, 2017

2017 Fire Prevention Week


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:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household present marking two exits from each room, if possible, and a path to the outside from each room’s exit.  Establish an outdoor meeting place familiar to everyone such as the mailbox or a tree.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year.  Try to conduct one at night and one during the day using different ways out.
  • Discuss with a babysitter exactly what to do in the event your smoke alarm sounds.  Don’t assume they know.
  • Teach your 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 us to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once outside, stay outside.  Call 911 from outside your home.

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 for additional guidance on escape plans as well as many other fire safety topics.

Mike Sheff - City of Parker Fire Chief

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