Mechanicsburg, Pa. – In a typical fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that brief amount of time wisely takes planning and practice. Fire Prevention Week TM, working to educate communities about the basic, but essential, steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape, will be held October 7-13.
American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division (ATSPA) Assistant Director, Allyson Fulton, M.Ed., informs individuals, “We know that people often make choices in fire situations that jeopardize their safety and sometimes cost them their lives. Fire Prevention Week works to educate the public about the basic, but very essential, ways to quickly and safely escape a home.”
The 2018 campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere TM” highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:
• Look: Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home and identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
• Listen: Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from your home and a place where everyone should know to meet.
• Learn: Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
Fulton concluded, “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”