The events planned for Fire Prevention Week are great opportunities to increase public awareness and communicate fire safety to citizens of all ages. Those interactive activities include fire station open houses, visits to Orange County Public Schools and local daycares, and smoke alarm blitzes around several local neighborhoods.
“In a fire, every second counts,” said Fire Chief Otto Drozd III. “So far this year, Orange County Fire Rescue has responded to 674 residential fires. By educating the community and helping citizens better prepare for a fire emergency, we are reducing the risk of fire-related injuries and deaths and increasing the chances that all occupants make it out of a house fire safely.”
This year’s message, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” encourages citizens to draw a map of their home, making two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. It is especially important to rehearse the home fire drill twice a year, once at night and once during the day, so all members of the household are prepared, regardless of the hour.
Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health observance, with commemoration beginning in 1922. Fire Prevention Week themes over the last nine decades include Your Life, Your Property, Learn Not To Burn and Hear The Beep Where You Sleep-Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).