Fire Prevention Week October 6-12

Fire Prevention Week October 6-12

LEWISTON, ID - It’s Fire Prevention Week and the Lewiston Fire Department would like to remind everyone that not every hero wears a cape. It’s important to plan and practice your escape in the case of a fire.The Lewiston Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape”, which works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a home fire per day during 2012 to 2016. “These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy said. “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.
While NFPA and the Lewiston Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.
• Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever
they go.
• No matter where you are, look for available exits.
• If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the
building immediately.
We are visiting schools throughout the City with a series of
programs in support of Fire Prevention Week.

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