October is Fire Prevention Month, and October 9th through October 15th is the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.
Here are a few tips:
Learn two ways out of every room in your home, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use. A second way out can include an escape ladder for rooms on an upper level.
Practice getting low and moving to your exits in case there is smoke.
Choose a safe meeting place a safe distance from your home.
Have a home fire drill at least twice a year.
During the Wayne County Commissioners Meeting, Bruce Kearney, Wayne County Firefighters Association Fire Prevention Chair, presented a proclamation for Fire Prevention Month 2022. Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire. Home fires killed more than 2,580 people in the United States in 2021, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and fire departments in the United States responded to 356,500 home fires. Wayne County residents should be sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the smoke alarms and knows how to respond. In addition, residents should check their smoke alarms and replace batteries regularly.
The Board unanimously approved the proclamation naming October 2022 as Fire Prevention Month in Wayne County.