2012-10-03 / Front Page

A home fire every 85 seconds

The Blakely Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13 to urge residents toHave Two Ways Out!”

If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?

According NFPA, one-third of American households polled thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately, the time is often less.

In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 injuries, 2,640 deaths and $6.9 billion in direct damage.

“One home structure was reported every 85 seconds in 2010,” says fire chief Kenneth Jones of the Blakely Fire Department. “Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.”

Tips for planning your family’s escape:

• Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used 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 where everyone is to meet once they’ve escaped. Mark that place on your escape plan.

• Write the emergency telephone number — 911 — for the fire department on your escape plan.

• Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.

• Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the plan twice a year.

The Blakely Fire Department will be hosting activities in schools and civic organizations during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Have Two Ways Out!” Through these educational activities residents can learn more about the importance of fire escape planning and practice, as well as the power of prevention.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Blakely, contact the Blakely Fire Department at 723- 5150. To learn more about “Have Two Ways Out!” visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

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