03 October 2018
Look. Listen. Learn. Fire Prevention Week is Coming
Fort Detrick Fire Department

As Fire Prevention Week approaches, Oct. 7-13, the Fort Detrick Fire & Emergency Services encourages everyone to “Look. Listen. Learn.”

What does that mean?

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. 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. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice. The Fort Detrick Fire & Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week Campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware.
Fire can happen anywhere,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Lorraine Caili, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”

Caili also notes that although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at the greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

“Working in the fire service for many years, we know that people often make choices in fire situations that jeopardize their safety or even cost them their lives,” said Melanie Reese, Fire Inspector of Fort Detrick Fire & Emergency Services. “We need to do a better job of teaching people about the potentially life-saving difference escape planning and practice can make and motivating them to action.”

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

LOOK for places fire can start.
Conduct home fire safety inspections.

LISTEN for the sound of a smoke alarm.
Test your smoke alarm monthly, replace smoke alarms every 10 years.

LEARN 2 ways out of every room.
Develop a home escape plan with your family and practice it!

While this theme is focused on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere to include your place of work and vacations. Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go. No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the fire alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit:
www.firepreventionweek.org. #FirePreventionWeek
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