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DO YOU HAVE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN?
The SVFD was very excited to receive two home escape plans submitted by young members of the community. Fire escape plans are integral to making a difference when a fire occurs.
Recently the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) announced the theme for Fire Prevention Week October 6 – 12 as “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape!” This year’s campaign recognizes the everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan behaviors can have a life-saving impact.
This year’s campaign works to encourage people of all ages learn about home fire escape planning and practice, and motivate families into action. “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” also focuses on what a home escape plan entails and the value of practicing it. These messages are more important than ever, particularly because today’s homes burn faster than ever. Synthetic fibers used in modern home furnishings, along with the fact that newer homes tend to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, are contributing factors to the increased burn rate.
A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home. Home escape plans should be practiced twice a year by all members of the household.
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more safety information.
Stop by any station or come to the SVFD Fall Open House to learn more about Fire Escape Planning and to ask for a free in home inspection of smoke and CO alarm safety standards conformance.
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, City of Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighters and paramedics responded to more than 17,280 emergency calls in 2017. Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, one of only a handful in Washington State.
For more information about Spokane Valley Fire Department, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.
- Julie Happy