BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — The National Fire Protection Association's annual Fire Prevention Week is officially under way, and Bergen County fire departments are spreading awareness.
Firefighters are familiarizing themselves with the community, and teaching children what they can do at school and at home in the event of a fire.
This year's theme is "Every Second Counts — Plan Two Ways to Get Out," which reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
These are the key campaign messages:
- FPW 2017 Escape Plan GridDraw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
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