Be Ready Utah: Fire Prevention Week … are you prepared?
Oct 11, 2022, 5:00 AM | Updated: Jan 17, 2023, 6:05 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — From Oct. 9-15, 2022, Fire Prevention Week is held in the United States. On this year’s 100th prevention week, the American Red Cross of Utah aims to inform residents of how to prepare for a home fire.
Fire experts say that residents may only have two minutes to safely evacuate from a home fire, according to Jeremiah Lafranca, executive director of the American Red Cross Greater Salt Lake Chapter. Furthermore, Lafranca says many homeowners are unaware smoke alarms need replacement every 10 years to be effective.
If you are in need of a smoke alarm, visit Sound The Alarm on the American Red Cross of Utah webpage for free installation. During installation, Red Cross volunteers and community partners will share preventative information on home fires and discuss an escape plan.
A release from American Red Cross says that their Disaster Action Team members respond to home fires to provide emotional support, financial assistance, and valuable information to help families recover from such tragedies.
How to create a home fire escape plan with your family
The American Red Cross says first you should select a meeting spot that is a safe distance away from your home. Next, ensure smoke alarms are on each level of your home. Then, check that smoke alarms are up to date and family members know what the alarm sounds like. Another critical step in an escape plan is making sure at least two exits are identified in every room of your home. Lastly, practice your plan with every household member, together.
“Fire Prevention Week is an important reminder to practice your two-minute home fire escape drill and test your smoke alarms,” Lafranca said.
Moab Valley Fire Department teaches about fire safety
Monday afternoon, Moab Valley FD talked to elementary school students about the importance of evacuation plans during Fire Prevention Week. The department encouraged students to have a safety plan in place and practice that plan at least twice per year. Firefighters have students a checklist and grid paper to practice drawing and planning skills.
“Fire won’t wait, plan your escape,” said the Moab Valley FD.
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