October 4, 2010 -- Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), alongside the Oregon State Fire Marshal and other local fire agencies, is celebrating Fire Prevention Week beginning October 3rd. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
This year's theme, "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With", highlights important information about the proper installation and maintenance of smoke alarms in the home.
Throughout the week, PF&R will provide smoke alarm recommendations and ways citizens can protect them and their loved ones from fire on PF&R’s Fire Blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Topics will include safety tips for kids and adults, fast facts about smoke alarms and fire, teacher materials and lesson plans, testing your smoke alarm, and public service announcements on home smoke alarm basics and safety tips.
PF&R will also begin a city-wide smoke alarm campaign on Saturday, October 9, 2010 to educate citizens on the importance of smoke alarms. For a limited time, PF&R will provide free alarms funded through a grant to citizens who make request at their local fire station. Additional information about the campaign will be provided throughout the week.
Safety Tips for Kids
Video courtesy of NFPA's Fire Prevention Week Web site
Calling all kids - would you know what to do if a fire started in your home? It’s important to take the time now to review the below fire safety facts and tips so your family will be prepared in the event of a fire emergency in your home.
Smoke alarms and home fire escape planning
- If there is a fire in your home, there will be smoke.
- A smoke alarm will let you know there is a fire.
- A smoke alarm makes a loud noise – beep, beep, beep.
- When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Go to your family outside meeting place.
When you go home today, be a smoke alarm detective
- Ask a grown-up to show you where the smoke alarms are in your home.
- Ask a grown-up to test the smoke alarms to make sure they are working.
Be a home fire escape planner
- Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
- Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
- Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
- Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
- Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind grown-ups to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.
Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week Web site,
www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2010 NFPA."
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