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When it comes to a fire in your home, there are three words you need to know – look, listen, and learn.
As part of Fire Prevention Week 2018 from October 7 to 13, firefighters with the Pocatello Fire Department are focusing on “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” The campaign is a joint effort between the Pocatello Fire Department, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and fire departments around the nation.
“From the time a smoke alarm sounds, less than two minutes can be the difference between life and death in a fire,” said Kim Stouse, Community Relations/Education Specialist with the Pocatello Fire Department. “Knowing what you need to do to keep yourself and your family safe takes planning and practice.”
According to statistics from the NFPA, 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.
Firefighters are asking citizens to look for places fire could start, listen for the sound of the smoke alarm, and learn two ways out of every room. While the focus is on home fires, firefighters say these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.
“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” Stouse said. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
Another part of the City’s recognition of this important week is Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad proclaiming October 7 to 13 as Fire Prevention Week in Pocatello during the October 4 Pocatello City Council meeting. The proclamation will be read by Council President Jim Johnston and asks residents “to support the many public safety activities and efforts of Pocatello fire and emergency services during Fire Prevention Week 2018.”
For more information about home escape planning and Fire Prevention Week, visit firepreventionweek.org.
For more information on the Pocatello Fire Department, visit pocatello.us/fire.