Fire Prevention Week
October 9-15, 2016
Fire Prevention Week is a great time to review some basic fire safety facts with students, to check out some terrific fire safety websites and to engage students in fire safety activates that get them talking and learning about the dangers of fire.
Fire Safety Facts
- Show students how to notify the fire department properly using 911.
- Conduct fire drills and practice escape routes.
- Teach students about the dangers of overloaded electrical outlets, and make sure extension cords are used properly.
Fire Safety Tips from USFA
- Fire is fast! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It takes only minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house.
- Fire is hot! A fire's heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super hot air will scorch your lungs.
- Fire is dark! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire, you may be blinded, disoriented, and unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for years.
- Fire is deadly! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill.
- In the event of a fire, remember that
- Time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Escape first!
- Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it frequently.
- In your fire escape plan, designate a meeting place outside.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows two ways to escape from every room.
- Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
- Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.
- Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.
- Finally, having a working smoke detector dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.