Melbourne Fire Department Reminds Residents to “Plan and Practice Your Escape” During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12
The Melbourne Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.
“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
While NFPA and the Melbourne Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.
“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Jim Harton, Fire Inspector with Melbourne Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
In support of this year’s educational efforts, Melbourne fire fighters and fire engines will be on display in front of the Melbourne Auditorium to answer questions and share information with families attending the Spooktactual Haunted House event on October 26, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., at the Melbourne Auditorium.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week in Melbourne, please contact the Melbourne Fire Department at 321-608-7910. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit the National Fire Prevention Association’s Fire Prevention Week webpage.