Federal Fire Department
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?
According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association, one-third of American households thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening.
Unfortunately, the time available is often less.
That’s why the Federal Fire Department is teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
Since 2010, U.S. fire departments have responded to 369,500 home structure fires, which have caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths and $6.9 billion in direct damage. According to NFPA statistics, one home structure was reported on fire every 85 seconds in 2010.
Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize.
Developing and practicing an escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.
The FFD recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:
•Make a map of your home. Mark a door and window that could be used to get out of every room.
•Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This place is where everyone will meet once they’ve escaped. Ensure that the location is drawn out on your escape plan.
•Write the emergency telephone number “911” on your escape plan.
•Practice your escape plan with everyone in the household by having someone activate the smoke alarm.
•Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind family members about practicing the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.
The Federal Fire Department will be at the following locations during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Have Two Ways Out!”
•Oct. 5, Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange, 11 a.m-2 p.m.
•Oct. 10, Schofield Barracks Exchange, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
•Oct. 11, Mokapu Mall, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through these educational, family-oriented activities residents can learn more about the importance of fire escape planning and practice, as well as the power of prevention.
Fire Prevention Week
• To find out more about Fire Prevention Week activities, contact Fire Inspector Angela Sanders at (808) 471-3303, ext. 617 or email@example.com.
•To learn more about “Have Two Ways Out!” visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org.