October is Fire Prevention Month in Seattle, a reminder to prepare and prevent fires. In 2016, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 15,787 fire responses in 2016. This year’s National Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” With newer homes being built with lightweight materials that burn faster than older home construction and many of today’s products and furnishings producing toxic gases and smoke when burned, its imperative to be prepared.
A home fire escape plan provides the skill set and know-how to quickly and safely escape a home fire. Home fire escape plans should include two exits from every room in the home; a path to the outside from each exit; smoke alarms in all required locations; and a meeting place outside where everyone in the home will meet upon exiting. Every member of the household should participate in developing the plan and in practicing it.
Help prepare and get educated on fire prevention tips through these upcoming events:
- Participate in important family-friendly safety activities and see a fire engine up close during Seattle Fire Day at the Museum of History & Industry on Sunday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Fire safety and evacuation presentations at select community centers.
- Help preschoolers understand firefighters are their friends by seeing them in their gear during nine Firefighter Story Times at select Seattle Public Library branches throughout the month. Find a story time near you!