Firehouses across the country are taking more time to teach fire prevention in their communities for National Fire Prevention Week.
The week-long event kicked of Sunday, Oct., 8, but firefighters such as Glen LeComte, of the DeWitt Fire District, say this is a year-round effort.
LeComte says community members are welcome to call or stop by the firehouse year-round to learn more about fire safety or talk with a firefighter about what he or she does when on shift.
LeComte says every family should have a fire escape plan and that it should be practiced at least twice a year. He says practicing your family’s plan four times a year, during each season, is even better.
“Know the two ways out of your your room,” LeComte explained. “Know what to do when that alarm goes off, how to get out of the house and where to assemble outside.”
When firefighters arrive on scene, LeComte says if they see the family outside they’re going to immediately ask if everyone made it out safely.
“If not, then we immediately go into rescue mode, search and rescue mode to try to find whoever is is missing,” LeComte said.
Testing the sound of an alarm is also important. LeComte says making sure everyone knows what the alarm sounds like in different rooms in your home will help family members react quickly.
LeComte says the most common cause for a house fire is food burning on a stove or oven. He says these are accidental causes.
Fire departments also suggest families check their smoke alarms regularly. LeComte says many people assume smoke alarms are good for a lifetime. He says families should check them at least every five years.
To test your fire prevention knowledge, you can take a quiz by clicking here.
National Fire Prevention tools also provide coloring activities for families. You can access one by clicking here.