Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Wants You To Know That It Is Fire Prevention Week

The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services says Fire Prevention Week is 100 years old this week and to celebrate they want to share this important fire safety message: “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” 

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey says: Modern residential fires burn much faster than they did in past decades. You could have less than three minutes to escape a fire at home today, compared to 15 minutes or more in the 1970s. That’s why it’s so important to have working smoke alarms and a practiced escape plan that includes two ways out. 

Smoke Alarms: 
More than 60% of Massachusetts fire deaths last year happened in overnight hours and smoke alarms are the best defense. Check the batteries and replace alarms older than 10 years. 
Home Escape Planning: 
Every home needs an escape plan. Look for two ways out of every room – one could be a window and keep escape routes clear of furniture and clutter. Pick a family meeting place a safe distance away from the house. Practice your escape route, at least twice a year. With smoke, you will have to “get low and go.”