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PFD participates in Fire Prevention Week

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Every second counts: Fire prevention week

"Fire Prevention Week is just a snapshot of what we do all year", he said. ESFI's newest Fire Prevention Week infographic, "Fire Prevention - It's in Your Hands" focuses on the need to have at least two escape routes in your home, and addresses the importance of various fire prevention devices required by the National Electrical Code.

One of the primary goals of the event is to offer families various outlets to learn more about fire prevention and safety, Skinner said. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds in 2015, with about 80 percent of all USA fire deaths annually occurring at home.

"We always suggest you check your smoke detectors twice a year", Hovind says. Additionally, it's important to practice those plans to make sure they can be accomplished in two minutes or less. Chances are, if you answered that question succinctly, you've already made an escape plan from your home in the event of a fire or other disaster. Conduct one practice run at night (since about half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, according to the NFPA) and one during the day with everyone in your home.

The Lynd Fire Department sponsored a coloring contest for Lynd Public School students. And when it comes to preventing fires on campus, she said it boils down to one simple thing.

"We've responded to fires where the smoke alarms either didn't work or the house didn't have any at all", said Nugent.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that USA fire departments responded to an average of 358,300 home structure fires per year during 2010-2014.

"Never would I ever try to tell somebody don't try to go save your loved ones, but again I can tell them it's a much better idea to prepare to save them through prevention", Firefighter Michael Dade said.

Would you know what to do if there was a fire in your home? A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.

"They are affordable and can get you out of the home when your escape route is blocked", he said.

This will be done at no cost to residents, including if a smoke detector is installed or replaced in the home. "Siemens is on the cutting edge of developing these safety products that provide critical safeguards from fires across residential, commercial, and industrial settings and we are thrilled to partner with them again on this essential campaign". Homeowners or renters can call their local Red Cross chapter to schedule an appointment, and our gracious volunteers will come to their home to install up to three, free smoke alarms.

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