The Silver Creek Fire Department is teaming up with other fire
departments across the United States during Fire Prevention Week,
October 7-13, 2012, to urge residents to "Have Two Ways Out!" This
year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and
According to the National Fire
Protection Association, one home structure fire was reported every
85 seconds in 2010. Having a tried and true escape plan with two
ways out is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire
break out in your home.
The Silver Creek Fire Department
recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:
Make a map of your home. Mark a
door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
Choose a meeting place outside in
front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve
Draw a picture of your outside
meeting place on your escape plan.
Write the emergency telephone
number for the fire department on your escape plan.
Sound the smoke alarm and
practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
Keep your escape plan on the
refrigerator and remind your family to practice the plan twice a
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DON'T HAVE ONE??
IT'S THE LAW!!
KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE!!
Fire Prevention Week History
Week started to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in October of
1871. The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left
100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned
more than 2,000 acres. United States
President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Prevention
week in 1925. President Coolidge noted that some 15,000 lives
were lost in the United States alone during the previous year.
"This waste results from the conditions which justify a sense of
shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be
prevented... It is highly desirable that every effort be made to
reform the conditions which have made possible so vast a destruction
of the national wealth".
-President Calvin Coolidge
Fire Protection Association continues today to make National Fire
Prevention Week a priority and counts on the participation of tens
of thousands of fire and safety personnel to reduce the risk of fire
and its toll on society. Fire Prevention week has historically
been observed beginning on the first Sunday in October and ending
the following Sunday.