Importance of Fire Prevention
In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.
Fire is DARK!
According to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) survey, 71% of households have a fire escape plan, but only 47% of those have practiced it.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape. ™”, provides an opportunity for fire and life safety organizations to share how important it is for everyone to have a home fire escape plan. You can teach your community about the dangers of fire and smoke. Learning these dangers may help them understand that having a plan is not enough. They need to practice it, so everyone knows what to do if they have a fire in their home.
USFA created new social media cards and a flyer to help you share the dangers of fire. Many in your community probably don’t understand the risks from life-threatening heat and toxic smoke produced in a fire.