Sunday October 7, 2018 officially ushered in National Fire Prevention Week across the U.S.A.
As we get the week started Columbia-Richland Fire wants to tell you a little bit about this year’s theme for the week created by the National Fire Protection Association.
‘LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN.’
Basically our firefighters want you all to take a little time this week to LOOK around your properties.
Are there any potential hazards you see that COULD cause a fire? Some common issues could be:
-overloaded electric sockets in the wall
-unattended items left on the stove
-unattended heating devices like space heaters
-unattended candles or other items that create an open flame
If you see anything that could be a fire hazard take steps to fix it.
Next point — LISTEN for the smoke alarm. If you have a fire in your home or business hearing an alarm will give you the crucial time you need to get out safely.
Once you get outside, stay outside. Also be sure your smoke alarms are working and in the proper place!
Finally — LEARN what to do to escape your property if there’s a fire.
Make an escape plan that has 2 ways out of every room and a meeting place for people to go to when they get outside. Be sure to practice your escape plan with your family or work staff frequently.
For more tips from NFPA for Fire Prevention Week, click here.