OLYMPIA — The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office will be joining with the National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, which starts on Sunday, to provide public education on how to escape home fires.
Fire Prevention Week runs Sunday through next Saturday has an overall goal of addressing the importance of knowing how to escape a house fire quickly and safely. Despite house fires declining over the past few decades, statistics show an increase in injuries and deaths during that same time span.
“Today’s homes and buildings can burn faster than ever. Families can have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time a smoke alarm sounds. Planning what your family should do in the event of a fire is critical. Since fires do not just start at home, this information can help you anywhere,” explained the state Fire Marshal’s Office.
The Fire Marshal’s Office recommends keeping the following simple points in mind to prepare for the possibility of a house fire:
• Look for places fire can start: Locate electrical/fire hazards, ensure chimneys are clean and electrical cords are intact and make sure lighters and matches are kept out of the reach of children.
• Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm: Check that smoke alarms are in all sleeping areas and on every level of a home; close doors behind you to prevent smoke, heat and fire spreading.
• Learn two ways out of every room: Draw a map of your home and practice an evacuation plan twice a year at night and during daytime hours, teach children how to get out of a house that is on fire and make sure address signs are up to date and visible.
Events are slated to help Washington residents “experience the fun and spirit of Fire Prevention Week in their communities.” Locally the events will be held at:
Grant County Fire District No. 3: Oct. 9 from 3-6:30 p.m. at 1201 Central Ave. S in Quincy.
Grant County Fire District No. 3: Oct. 11 from 3-6:30 p.m. at 101 Richmond Ave. in George.
Adams County Fire District No. 5: Oct. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at 220 S. Broadway Ave. in Othello.