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Posted on: October 10, 2017

PFD Participates in Fire Prevention Week, Says “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

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When it comes to a house fire, a second could be the difference between life and death. It’s for this reason the Pocatello Fire Department is joining with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to tell residents “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

The statement serves as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week. From October 8 through 14, firefighters and department staff are working to educate residents on why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation.

“Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory,” said Kim Stouse, Community Relation/Education Specialist with the Pocatello Fire Department. “That pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”

Stouse strongly encourages individuals and families to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place that’s a safe distance from the home.

NFPA and the Pocatello Fire Department offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:

-Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
-Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
-Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
-Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
-Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
-Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

As part of the week’s events, the department will also be teaming up with Domino’s Pizza to check and see if customers have working smoke alarms in their homes. On Tuesday, October 10 and Thursday October 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., firefighters will deliver pizza to a randomly selected order. If the customer has working smoke alarms in their home, the pizza is free. If the customer does not have smoke alarms, firefighters will install one free of charge.

For more information on how to protect your family in the event of a house fire, visit firepreventionweek.org.

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