Portland Fire & Rescue reminds you that Fire Prevention Week is October 7 – 13, 2012. Established in 1922, Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed thousands of homes and other structures.
The National Fire Protection Association’s theme for Fire Prevention Week 2012, “Have 2 Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. You never know which direction a fire will come from, and being prepared can save the lives of you and your loved ones.
To coincide with this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, NFPA gives practical fire safety tips to families:
Make a map of your home; mark a door and window or secondary exit that can be used to get out of every room.
Choose a meeting place outside and in front of your home, where you’ll be visible to the arriving firefighters.
Once you’re out, stay out!
Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
Portland Fire & Rescue will participate in this event by featuring a Fire Escape Maze designed for children at the Belmont Fire House from 9 AM-3 PM, Monday thru Friday. The Belmont Fire House is located a 900 SE 35th Ave. (at the intersection of SE 35th and Belmont).