BFD: Every second counts; plan 2 ways out

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fire prevention for area homes should be considered every day. Some of the most treasured possessions are found in homes.

Things that money can’t buy and items that are not replaceable. “We believe that the most important of these are family and friends living in our homes,” Blytheville Fire Marshal Randal Woolsey said. “No one can replace a human life and this is why we must practice fire escape drills in our homes. “

This year fire prevention week will be October 8-14 with an emphasis on fire escape plans for the home.

“No matter the size or type of home you own: single story, multiple story or even mobile home, every room should have two ways out,” Woolsey said. “According to United States Fire Administration (USFA), every second counts when there is a fire in your home. In the U.S. there are more than 365,000 home fires each year. These fires result in more than 2,500 deaths and 13,000 injuries.”

This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Way’s Out.”

That means planning based on your home, Woolsey noted.

“One way out would be the door and the second way out may be a window,” he said. “If your first way out is blocked by fire or smoke you should use your second way out. Emergency escape from a second story window may involve using a home fire safety ladder, which can be purchased at some retail stores or online. Know what limitations can hinder your escape. Are there bars on the window? Is the window nailed shut? Consider family members. Do children, older adults and people with disabilities in your home know two ways out? Do you have a plan to help them to escape?”

The Blytheville Fire Department would also like to remind residents that it has smoke detectors and weather alert radios that are available for free to those who qualify. For more information about these programs contact the Blytheville Fire Department at 870-532-5006.

Office hours at this number are from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.