The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14 is “Every Second Counts; Plan 2 Ways Out!”Working smoke alarms, which cut the chances of dying in a house fire in half, are a family’s first indication of a fire. But once that alarm sounds a fire can spread quickly, leaving only a minute or two to escape, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That’s why it’s so important to have an escape plan and practice it using different ways out of the house. NFPA offers more educational resources on fire safety here.
Call to Action for Families: Home Fire Drill Day
A home fire is reported every 86 seconds. Despite this threat, families rarely practice home fire drills, and nearly half of parents report their children do not know what to do in the event of a fire.
Home Fire Drill Day, a safety observance developed by Nationwide in partnership with NSC and other organizations, will be held at the end of Fire Prevention Week, on Oct. 14, 2017. Families are encouraged to practice home fire drills and take advantage of tools and resources offered at HomeFireDrillDay.com, including:
- Step-by-step instructions for doing a home fire drill
- Games to make the experience memorable for kids
- Worksheet to help you draw a floor plan of your home
- Video of a fire drill in action
- Family pledge to practice a home fire drill twice a year
- Downloadable fire safety resources to share with friends and family
- Link to download the free Make Safe Happen mobile app that puts home fire drill instructions, including a drill timer, in the palm of your hand
To participate in Home Fire Drill Day, practice as a family, take the pledge and encourage others to take the pledge. And be sure to spread the word on social media using #homefiredrillday.