Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out!
Emphasizing the importance of having and practicing home fire escape plans, this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is, “Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out!”. Collaborating with the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Ocala Fire Rescue will be reinforcing the potentially lifesaving message during the week of October 8-14, 2017.
Ocala Fire Rescue encourages all households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan together. The plan should include working smoke alarms - on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas – two ways out of every room, and an outside meeting place.
Having home escape plan is critical. “Developing and practicing a home escape plan ensures everyone in the household knows how to use the small window of opportunity they have to exit, wisely,” said Ocala Fire Rescue’s Public Information Officer, Ashley Lopez.
NFPA and Ocala Fire Rescue offer these additional recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:
- Gather all members of the household and draw a map of your home, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- As a family, practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct a fire drill at night and one during the day. Practice using different ways out during each drill.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make closing doors behind you, part of the drill — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
To schedule a fire department visit to your school, daycare or community group, please contact Ocala Fire Rescue’s administrative office at (352) 629-8306. For more information on the Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” and home escape planning, visit firepreventionweek.org.