Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!

Sponsored by the NFPA, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health observance, dating back to 1922. It is celebrated each year during the week containing October 9th and started in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. Another great fire also occurred that week, The Peshtigo Fire, which took place around Peshtigo WI, was actually larger than the Chicago fire, destroying 16 towns and killing 1152 people.

The theme of this years' Fire Prevention Week is "Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!" You could have less than 2 minutes to get out. It's a great time to share the following plan with your family, college aged students and coworkers to ensure they can get out safely in the event of a fire:

  • draw a map of your home and include all windows and doors
  • visit each room and find two ways out
  • make sure doors and windows open easily and are not blocked
  • choose an outside meeting place in front of your home
  • push the test button on your smoke alarm and practice your drill with everyone in the home
  • pick a meeting place at the front of your home
  • make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street
  • learn the emergency number for your fire department
  • practice your home fire drill!

Click here to download a planning list and grid from the NFPA website. It's also a great idea to:

  • label the outside exits with the number of people and pets in the home or workplace
  • test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors now and every month
  • check the sprinklers in your building and see if they are due for testing