Preventing Accidental Injury.
KDHE Office of Communications
TOPEKA, Kan. – As the weather in Kansas starts turning cold, the risk of fire increases significantly. Yet, only 23 percent of households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7 to 13 and this year’s theme, Have 2 Ways Out, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. A home fire escape plan prepares your family to get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds.
Having two ways out is an important part of your plan in case your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames. Safe Kids is joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to urge families to develop and practice a fire escape plan, as well as to take active measures to help prevent fires in their homes. Approximately 80 percent of all fire-related deaths and injuries occur in the home, and young children are at a particularly high risk because they don’t perceive danger as readily and can lack the ability to escape a life-threatening fire situation.
“Having a working smoke alarm reduces a person’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “It is important to have a working smoke alarm on each level of the home and outside of each sleeping area, but being alerted to a fire is only the first step. Your family must know how to escape a fire to a safe location outside the home. Making and practicing a fire escape plan helps ensure your family members know just what to do.”
Important tips for escape planning
The best way to stay safe from fire is to prevent it. Here are a few fire prevention tips:
NFPA has organized National Fire Prevention Week annually since 1922, for more details visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
For more information about fire safety for children and families, as well as helpful tips and videos, visit www.safekids.org.
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