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As Fire Prevention Week approaches, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston staff encourages everyone to practice their fire escape plans

Fire Prevention Week – October 6-12

As Fire Prevention Week approaches, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston staff encourages everyone to practice their fire escape plans

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. 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. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­– the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years – to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape, which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire. This year’s campaign recognizes the everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan; these seemingly basic behaviors can have a life-saving impact.

“This year’s campaign works to celebrate people of all ages who learn about home fire escape planning and practice, bring that information home, and spur their families to action,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA. “From young students who learn about the campaign at school to parents who attend a community event like a fire station open house – all of them truly are heroes because they’re taking steps to make their households much, much safer from fire.”

A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home. Home escape plans should be practiced twice a year by all members of the household.

Carli also notes that although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk from fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That overconfidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston staff agrees this year’s campaign highlights steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire. Situational awareness is also a skill people need to use wherever they go. No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.

Learn more about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning.

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