October 4, 2012
KINGSPORT - 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 (NFPA), one-third of Americans households who made and estimate they thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often less.
That’s why Kingsport’s Fire Department is teaming up with NFPA 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 practice.
In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage.
“One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010 in the U.S.,” says Barry Brickey of the Kingsport Fire Department. “Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having an escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.”
The Kingsport 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 escaped. 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.
- Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
- Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind grown-ups to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.
The Kingsport Fire Department will be hosting activities at area schools during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Have Two Ways Out!” 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.
On Monday October 8, at 2pm the Sparky the Fire Dog will be at Batteries Plus in Kingsport with a free 9v battery for each family who comes by.(while supplies last)
On Tuesday October 9, the Kingsport Library will host Sparky the Fire Dog for Fire Prevention Fun for Children at 10:30am.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Kingsport please contact the Barry Brickey at the Kingsport Fire Department at 423-229-9440 or brickey [at] kingsporttn [dot] gov . To learn more about “Have Two Ways Out!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.