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Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14, 2017
City of Carmel
One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032
October 8, 2017
Contact: Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474
Fire Prevention Week Begins This Week
Home Fire Safety Tours Encouraged
CARMEL, IN – The month of October brings Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14, 2017. The Carmel Fire Department is encouraging Hoosier families to practice fire safety by planning evacuation routes for their homes.
This year’s theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out,” reminds Hoosiers that seconds can mean the difference between safety and a tragedy.
Here are a few tips on escape routes:
· Draw a map of the home, and as a household mark two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Make sure to choose a family meeting point.
· Teach children how to escape on their own in case help isn’t available.
· Make sure the number of the home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find during an emergency.
· When a fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building. Never go back inside a burning building.
· Wait to call the fire department or first responders until outside of the home and a safe distance away.
Practicing escape routes can be a good time for households to also verify that their home is free of fire hazards. Here are a few tips on avoiding common fire hazards:
· Make sure extension cords are being used properly. Never use extension cords with home appliances, and watch out for electrical cords that run across doorways or under carpets. Remember, extension cords should be for temporary use only.
· Never leave candles unattended and blow out candles when leaving a room.
· Make sure to empty the lint filter in the dryer before or after each laundry load. Built up lint can cause fires.
· Look for and address blocked doors, windows or pathways that can prevent or slow down an escape.
· Make sure to use light bulbs with the correct number of watts. Using bulbs with wattage that is too high or too low for the fixture can start an electrical fire.
Make sure every bedroom has a smoke alarm that is installed properly and working. Smoke alarms and alert devices are also available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and typically can be purchased at local hardware stores.
For more information on fire prevention and safety, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.
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