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#4: Fire Prevention Week - October 7 to 13, 2018

Posted: October 12, 2018

Fire Prevention Week
October 7 - 13, 2018

Be Aware ... Fire Can Happen Anywhere

Learn two ways out of every room. 

Fire escape planning at home:
  • Draw a floor plan of your home to show every possible exit from every room.  Each room should have a main, and an alternate exit.
  • Make sure your family knows that they should leave the house immediately if they hear the smoke alarm going off or hear someone shouting "fire!”
  • Set up a meeting place outside your home in case of fire. This will ensure that you know who is out of the building, and who is still inside.
  • In case of fire, everyone should agree to gather at this meeting place.
  • Make sure someone calls the fire department (911) once they have escaped from the building.
  • Send a family member to meet the firefighters when they arrive in case they need information on the fire or on family members.
  • Make certain no one re-enters the burning building. Firefighters are specially trained and equipped to perform rescue operations 

Practice your escape plan:
  • Practice prevents panic! Children will follow a fire drill if they have been prepared ahead of time. Make sure every family member, including your babysitter, knows what to do in an emergency and is familiar with your fire escape plan. 
Fire escape planning at work:
  • Evacuation plans and fire reporting procedures vary for each building.
  • Usually an alarm signals all occupants to leave the building immediately, or to go temporarily to an "area of refuge”.
  • Plan what to do NOW... according to posted fire emergency instructions.
  • If you are trained to use available emergency fire equipment, do so if the fire is still small. But do not take risks or fight a fire alone. Your safety always comes first.
  • People with disabilities who require assistance in evacuation are responsible for advising their co-workers about assistance they require and should participate in "dry-run” practices. 
Common causes of fire:
  • Cooking with grease
  • Smoking
  • Faulty electrical systems – fuses, loose connections, shorts or overloaded circuits
  • Misuse of flammable liquids, grease, oil and wax.  

For further information on fire escape planning at work or home,
contact the East St. Paul Fire Department.


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