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Posted on: October 6, 2019

2019 Fire Prevention Week: Plan & Practice Your Escape

Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12. Derby Fire & Rescue will hold fire prevention activities during the month of October to teach Derby’s youth about fire safety and prevention.

Activities are designed for preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade students. Firefighters will teach students about home fire safety, fire engines, the special clothing and breathing equipment they wear, and demonstrate items that can sometimes be scary to young children, such as masks and air tanks. Students will also experience the Fire Safety House to learn what to do if there is a fire in their home. A non-toxic smoke is used to simulate real smoke.

This year’s theme, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” is designed to educate people of all ages about the important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

“We encourage families to sit down together and make their home escape plan and practice it annually,” said John Turner, Fire Chief. “It’s important to identify two ways out of a room and have working smoke detectors in place.”

If you would like an evaluation of your exit plan or have questions about fire prevention, call Derby Fire and Rescue at 788-3773 or contact Ken Linot, Firefighter II, at kennethlinot@derbyweb.com. Learn more about fire prevention week and find helpful resources at FirePreventionWeek.org.

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