The Amboy Fire Department is joining the National Fire Protection Association in celebrating their 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW)! The 2022 theme is "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape" which educates everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.
Today's homes burn faster than ever. You may have a little as two minutes (or less) to safey escape a home fire, starting when the smoke alarm sounds. The ability to get out safely depends on early warnings from smoke alarms and advanced family planning.
Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement) of your home. Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.
Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection.
For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.
It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different.
Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!