Fire Prevention Week will be October 7-13, and the Westerville Fire Division will host a variety of public education efforts and events to help promote the importance of properly functioning smoke alarms. Don’t miss WFD’s annual Fire Prevention Open House on Sunday, October 14 from 1-4 p.m. at all three fire stations. At Station 111, located at 400 W. Main St., fire experts will demonstrate various types of recommended fire alarms and also how to clean bathroom exhaust fans.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” The message encourages residents to LOOK for places a fire could start and resolve potential hazards; LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm and LEARN two ways out of every room.
WFD and NFPA promote these key messages:
LOOK: Check each room in your home for fire risks like flammable materials near heat sources and overloaded extension cords.
LISTEN: Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
LEARN: Draw a map of your home by using NFPA’s helpful grids 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.
You Call, We’ll Install
If your in-home smoke detectors are more than 10 years old, they need to be replaced!
The Westerville Division of Fire is partnering with the American Red Cross to offer free smoke detectors and installation for Westerville and Blendon Township families. Simply put: you call, we’ll install.
Call 614-901-6600 to schedule your appointment and a Westerville Fire Division team member will visit your home to install your brand new smoke detector free of charge.
Information for this story was provided by The City of Westerville.