TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners recently proclaimed October 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week joining thousands of local governments across the United States and Canada.
As part of this annual awareness week, the Lake County Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division, would like to remind residents to practice their escape plan. During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are spreading the word about the dangers of home fires and teaching local residents how to plan and practice escape from a home in case a fire occurs.
According to the latest NFPA research, 3,030 people died from home fires in 2005 for an average of about eight people every day. Being alerted to a fire and knowing what to do to escape from one are extremely important, yet only 23 percent of households have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan.
"Sometimes there are only seconds to escape from a house fire," said Jack Fillman, Assistant Fire Chief — Administration. "There’s no question that having a plan in place that has been practiced saves precious time and makes survival more likely. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will prompt folks in Lake County to plan and practice their escape plan.”
Although it’s difficult to prepare for the unexpected, reviewing fire-safety information and taking action based on it to plan for a fire is strongly recommended.
• Install working smoke alarms on every level, inside each bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.
• Develop a fire escape plan that identifies two ways out of each room and a family meeting place outside.
• Make sure your plan allows for any specific needs in your household. If everyone knows what to do, everyone can get out quickly.
• Practice your plan, at least twice a year.