Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” How do you define a hero? As someone who is courageous and performs good deeds, but also as someone who takes small steps to keep themselves and those around them safe.
According to the NFPA, in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.
“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
The NFPA site, www.fpw.org, includes resources to educate children and adults on the importance of fire safety, as well as escape planning and practice